Access to Nursing Course

About the Course

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) course is designed for those who want to study nursing, Social work, and other medical related degree courses at the University.

The Diploma is an alternative to A’ levels and set at 60 credits. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) will increase your understanding of Biological Science, Psychology and Sociology.
This programme is designed to support your progression to a Nursing degree with dedicated units that will update your academic abilities, develop your confidence to research independently and write assignments.

Starting Dates January / April / September
Mode of Study Full-time via blended learning – Online plus classroom
Duration 9-12 months
Awarding Body Laser Award (Open College Network South East Region).
Quality is monitored regularly through visits from Laser Award’s External Examiners and a regular Pearson Annual Management Review.
Award Access to Higher Education Diploma – Healthcare
Academic Level Level 3
Price £2500

Delivery Mode: Classroom and remote – Blended Learning

Course Duration:  9-12 months

What you will study:

You will study a selection of mandatory and optional modules including:

  •  Academic Writing Skills
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Cell Biology
  • The History of the National Health Service
  • Human Nutrition & The Digestive System
  • The Roles & Responsibilities of the Registered Nurse
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • The Human Endocrine & Nervous System
  • Social Factors in Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Dementia
  • The Human Muscular and Skeletal System
  • Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Human Immunity
  • Understanding Poverty
  • Health Promotion
  • Human Disease & Prevention
  • Equality and Diversity within Healthcare

Teaching Plan

The academic year is divided into three terms and in each term you will normally be timetabled to study specific number of units. You will usually be timetabled for at least two days per week and it must be noted that the timetable changes from term-to-term as the programme develops and units are completed.

Assessment Method

No Exams. Students will be assessed through a mixture of assessment methods like essay, recording an interview or role play, giving a presentation with assessor questioning, making a PowerPoint presentation, creating academic posters, displays or leaflets, or keeping a reflective journal. Some units, for example, require a practical demonstration of skills while others require students to carry out their own research and analysis, working independently or as part of a team.

This Access to HE Diploma is a level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills

Progressing to university.

Students can proceed to most UK universities for a three -year degree course. Students who complete the Access Diploma may proceed into the university to achieve the following BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Children Nursing, B.Sc Social work, and other healthcare related degree courses.

Progressing to Employment/Jobs.

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma, students can develop their careers in the healthcare sector through entering employment in job roles such as:

  • Senior Healthcare Assistants
  • Senior Support Workers
  • Team Leader
  • Care Supervisor
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Entry Requirements and Admissions

  • GCSE
  • A relevant BTEC Level 2 qualification
  • Relevant Level 2 qualification on RQF
  • An international equivalent of the above.
  • Mature students – over 21 years who have been out of education for at least three years will assessed based on prior learning and work experience and prior qualification.

Application Process

All applicants must apply online and upload required document or send by email to the admission office. The following are required for application:

  • Completed Application form
  • Passport size photo
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Passport or other official photo ID
  • Qualification certificates
  • Next of Kin/ emergency contact phone number and address
  • Proof of address which includes your full name and current address.
  • Proof of National Insurance number (UK residence)

This will be followed by admission interview before decision is made.

English Language Requirement For Non-Native Speakers (Not Born In The UK)

Non-native English speakers who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at Level 2 (or equivalent) before being admitted to the programme.

Equivalent grades to Level 2 include CEFR B2, PTE 51, and IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5). After gaining admittance, such students are still encouraged to enrol on the Level 2 English course because it should still help with their HND study, career development or further study.

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