Access to HE: Nursing Professions Level 3 Diploma

Course overview

An Access course is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and would like to go on to higher education but do not have the formal qualifications needed.

Study our one year Access to HE: Nursing Level 3 Diploma programme and gain the skills, experience and confidence you need for a career where you can make a difference to the lives of hundreds of patients.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a diploma that will help you gain entry to degree level study at most UK universities.

Please note: There is a tuition fee applied to this course. Tuition fees for our professional courses commencing from September 2020 are currently under review and will be made available from May 2020. For your information, the 2019 fee for this course was £3,384. Funding may be available – scroll down for more information.

If you pay with an Adult Learner Loan and progress directly to university after this course, the government will write off your loan!

Funding available:

19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19 or over, and you want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE programme, if you go on to complete a higher education/university level course. This means you do not have to repay it. If you don’t go on to study a higher education/university level course, you won’t need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725 per year. Contact us for more details.

Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19–23 and this will be your first eligible, full Level 3 course, then you may be able to do this course for free.

Nursing Bursary: Nursing students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs.
The funding will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020. Read more about how it is expected to benefit more than 35,000 students every year.

You will study psychology, professional healthcare practice (PHP) and human physiology, among other topics.

The main aim of this course is to prepare students for study at university. Students will receive subject specific study skills preparation, as well as tuition in subjects that are relevant to their chosen degree course.

Once awarded the Access to HE Diploma, students will be able to start a university degree, provided they have met the entrance criteria for their chosen universities.

The course offers the opportunity to study a range of humanities subjects at Level 3 (equivalent to A Levels) as well as the chance to re-take or achieve qualifications in GCSE English or GCSE Maths.

In addition to this, all students are offered tuition in study skills and tutorial support in order to develop their skills.

Assessment on the Access to HE Business Professions programme is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).

Assessments are a mixture of:

  • essays
  • structured questions
  • projects
  • presentations
  • examinations

To be eligible for a place on this programme, you must have at least GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C equivalent) or above, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.
*If you wish to go on to study a medicine degree, most universities require 5 GCSEs including English, maths and science at grades 7-9 (A-A* equivalent). Applicants are advised to contact their university of choice to confirm the criteria.
Applicants must be aged over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.
You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3 and may have the opportunity to retake either a maths or English GCSE alongside this course.
Don’t worry, most students are successful in the assessment process. Take a look at these English resources and maths resources to help you prepare.
If you don’t meet the entry criteria don’t worry, we have a range of one-year Pre-Access courses available to help you get started.
There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

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