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Access to Higher Education: Health (F/T)


The Access programme has been specifically designed for adults who have been out of education for some time but would like to enter higher education. The teaching and learning methods are varied and designed to ensure you develop the necessary study skills and knowledge needed for higher-level study. Previous students have found the programme extremely rewarding and have progressed to degrees and diplomas in a range of areas.

The Access to HE programme is composed of:

  • 15 Level 3 ungraded credits
  • 45 Level 3 graded credits from the professional pathway options

Mandatory Level 3 ungraded credits, undertaken by all learners will be composed of:

  • 3 credits from Study Skills units
  • 3 credits from IT units
  • 9 credits from subject chosen from main Pathway

The Health professions and Nursing  Pathway - This pathway is composed of:

  • 27 Level 3 graded credits in Human Biology
  • 9 Level 3 graded credits in Psychology
  • 9 Level 3 graded credits in Health Studies

Entry Requirements:

  • A minimum of Level 2 in Maths and Level 2 in English; one of which must be at GCSE grade C or above 
  • Min age 19
  • Successful completion of written test at Information Session

NB - In preparation for the ‘Access to HE' interview, all learners should ensure that they have already chosen their five university options and can demonstrate understanding of each institution's entry requirements.

GCSE retakes in Maths, English and / or Science:

In order for learners to progress on to an undergraduate degree at a British university, it is essential that learners have achieved a minimum of a Grade C in Maths and English (and Science if they wish to train as a Primary School teacher).

As a result, any learner who has not achieved these qualifications prior to enrolling on to the Access to HE programme, must also enrol on to our GCSE retake programme, which will run alongside the Access to HE programme

Learners wishing to undertake any Access to HE GCSE retake programmes must have either:

  • Achieved a Grade D in their GCSE retake subject
  • Achieved Level 2 in a respective Functional Skill
  • Achieved the ‘Entry to Access' L2 Diploma
  • Achieved a L2 in Maths and English in the Access to HE Initial Assessment


Course assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including essays, projects, presentations, creating magazines, using ILT, amongst others.  The precise method used varies from unit to unit.


The Access to HE programme is recognised by all UK universities and higher education establishments as entry for degree level study. Previous learners have progressed to degrees and diplomas in a range of areas including teacher training, nursing, midwifery, history, speech therapy, social work, occupational therapy, psychology and many more. Related Courses « Back to course listing
  • Venue:
    Windmill Avenue Campus, Kettering
    One Year
    Start At:
    Sept 2014
    4 days per week
    Full Fee:
    approx based on 2013/14 £2995
    Concession Fee:
    24+ Loan available
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