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Access to HE (Higher Education)

Access to HE (Higher Education)

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Tuition Fee £3,384
Exam/Reg Fee £85
Course code FLR3ACC001 (2021)
  • 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?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

James Garbutt

James Garbutt

Access to HE: Health

This course has been my first big step towards a career in healthcare and I'm really glad I chose to study it. I now feel prepared for University.

Miranda Coombes

Miranda Coombes

Access to HE: Health

The Access course has provided me with the skills I need to go onto higher education. Having spent a long time out of education, the course helped me to practice, and improve my academic writing, referencing and researching skills. It’s enabled me to build my knowledge around relevant subjects in preparation for University and increased my confidence. The assistance with my UCAS application was valuable, having it checked before applying strengthened my chances of being accepted into my University of choice. What really stood out to me was the support offered by the tutors, it’s fantastic, they encourage your independence whilst guiding and motivating you along the way.

Tasmin Broadway

Tasmin Broadway

Access to HE: Health

The tutors on the course are all really helpful and supportive nothing is ever too much trouble, they have set me up for what’s to come at university. It has been a life changing experience, a hard but an incredible journey.

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Career Options

  • Health associate professionals n.e.c.

    Up to £25,000

  • Environmental health professionals

    Up to £39,000


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