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Access to HE (Higher Education)

Access to HE (Higher Education)

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Mode of study Part-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date Please ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 to find out when this course next runs
Tuition Fee £3,384
Exam/Reg Fee £85
Course code PLR3ACC001 (2022)
  • Who is it for?


    Open College Network West Midlands is a leading Access Validating Agency (AVA) licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency foopen college network logor Higher Education (QAA) to develop and award nationally recognised Access to Higher Education Diplomas.


    This course is designed to prepare students for degree level study. It offers a rigorous A level equivalent in a supportive environment. Access to HE Diplomas are flexible and attractive to students who would like to improve their educational qualifications and are popular with students who may have been out of formal education for some time and who appreciate a more adult-friendly learning atmosphere. Most students aim for careers in nursing, social work or teaching but the range of destinations is not limited to these.

  • Entry Requirements

    Maths & English GCSEs are entry requirements for most university courses. You will preferably have both English and maths GCSEs before you start but there is the option to study Maths GCSE alongside the part time diploma. You must have English GCSE. Your options will be discussed at interview.

  • What does the course involve?

    Students wishing to study Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science or other health related courses will enrol to the Access to HE Diploma (Health Professional) and study Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Health Studies, Academic Portfolio and IT.

    Students wishing to study Education or humanities related courses will enrol to the Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) and study Psychology, Sociology, Literature, History, Academic Portfolio and IT.

    Full or part-time programmes are available over 1 or 2 years (34 weeks a year) day & evening to fit around other commitments and responsibilities.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The assessment techniques used are varied throughout the programme but most is by continuous assessment. There are external examinations for maths GCSE if required.

  • How much does it cost?

    Fees will be confirmed on application or via our website. Advanced Learning Loans may be available.
    You may need to obtain some books to assist your studies.

  • Additional Notes

    The next classes due to start will be September 2020 at London Road. Guidance is offered at advice events, interview and induction to ensure students select modules that meet the requirements for their intended university course.

  • What do I do next?

    If you meet the entry requirements for this course, please use the Register my Interest or Apply Now buttons or contact Course Advice on 01743 342333 to organise enrolment. If you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342 333, use our Live Chat facility or email:

    Fees stated are for enrolment for the current academic year only. Courses which run for 2 or 3 years will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.

For Part-time / HE PT course enquiries

Career Options

  • Health associate professionals n.e.c.

    Up to £25,000

  • Environmental health professionals

    Up to £39,000


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