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Access to Higher Education (Healthcare Professions)

Why study this course?

Our Access to Higher Education courses build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to progress on to higher education in the subject area youre interested in. They are recognised as entry qualifications by universities across the UK.

What will I study?

You will gain a good introduction to your chosen subject, develop your study skills and increase your confidence and ability with this level of study. The course takes one year and, on completion, you will gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma. You will also need to have good IT skills as all of your assignments will be carried out using either Word, Excel or PowerPoint. The Health Professions pathway includes the study of Human Biology, Social Studies and Health Studies

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

This programme is recognised by all UK universities and higher education establishments as an entry qualification for degree level study. Previous students have progressed on to degrees and Higher National Diplomas both at Tresham College and other universities in a wide range of subject areas.

Course progression includes:
University courses in a wide range of different subjects, such as: Nursing, Health and Social Care Practice, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Midwifery.

Career progression includes:
Through a degree this course can be the route into a wide range of careers including: Nursing, Midwifery, Health Promotion, Health and Social Care and Mental Health.

How will I be assessed?

Course assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including essays, seminars, projects, presentations and exams.

Are there any additional costs?

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

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 (4) in GCSE Maths and English (and Science if they wish to train as a Primary School teacher).

Any learner who has not achieved these qualifications prior to enrolling on to the Access to HE programme should enrol on to our Pre-Access programme, which consists of Maths and English Functional Skills as well as the academic study skills package.

18 year olds may apply and will need to have English Language and Maths GCSE at grade C (4) or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications before the start of the course and be subject to a successful interview. Successful applicants will be in college for 2 days per week and will also be required to undertake additional studies up to 50 hours (which will support in providing valuable experience to include in UCAS applications aiding progression to Higher Education). If you are successful you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.

Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once weve processed your application you will be contacted by email