Health and Human Sciences - Access to Higher Education Diploma
About the course
Are you interested in studying Nursing or Occupational Therapy at Higher or Degree level, but currently lack the formal qualifications? This Access Course is the perfect bridge to University, and from there to a career in Health and Social Sciences. The course runs for 3-4 days a week, with an estimated 15 hours of self-directed study in addition.
There are no formal entry requirements, but you will need to have been out of education for at least a year. You will be expected to have GCSE Maths and English and work experience at an equivalent level. It would also be advantageous to have some work or voluntary experience in a relevant field, even shadowing a professional.
All applicants will be subject to a formal assessment and interview. The assessment will include a test of your maths and written communication skills. The course runs for 3-4 days a week, with an estimated 15 hours of self-directed study in addition, so you are advised to budget and think carefully about the time-commitment this course involves.
International students must also have Level 5.5 in the International English Language Training exam (with a minimum 5.0 in each skill).
You will study a number of core modules, such as Academic Study Skills, Psychology, Sociology Research, Maths and Study Skills, Tutorial and Professional Development.
You will also study specialist modules in Biology.
Assessment is by coursework and in-class assignments.
You can apply for Higher Education courses in Health Studies, Speech Therapy, or Occupational Therapy. Please note that to progress to University you must have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (or equivalent qualification). Limited extra tuition is available in these subjects during the course.
Further Information 1
You may be entitled to support towards the cost of studies.
- If you are aged 19 or over, you may need to cover the cost of your course, but you can get a government loan for this. What's more, if you then complete a Higher Education course, you won't have to repay the loan for the Access course. Find out more here
I would encourage others who want to study again, but feel afraid, to do it
Studied: Diploma in Health and Social Care
Now working as a Senior Nursing Assistant at Guy’s Hospital
Ivone was working as a chef in London and caring for her husband. At the age of 49, Ivone decided that she wanted to return to education and work in the health care sector.
Last year she enrolled on a Diploma in Health and Social Care at the College’s Centre for Health, Social and Child Care. Now she is working as a Senior Nursing Assistant at Guy’s Hospital.
She said: “The decision to come back to the College was completely life changing and the best I have ever made. I had lost my confidence and did not think at my age that I would get another chance to work in the health care profession. I am so happy and I would encourage others who want to study again, but feel afraid, to do it.”
If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.
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