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Access to HE (Nursing & Healthcare Professions)

Part Time

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Availability & Details

Access to HE Diploma (Nursing & Healthcare Professions) SPY-ACNHL3/C01

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Part Time


Examination board
Laser Learning Awards
Course Fee Advanced Learning Loan 3384.00
Course Fee Overseas 3259.00
Exam Fee Overseas 125.00


An Access to Higher Education Diploma is the ideal way for adult students (aged 19+) without traditional A Levels or Level 3 qualifications to qualify for entry to a degree or other Higher Education course. The Access qualification is a popular, nationally recognised qualification designed to provide adult students with the skills they need to apply for courses at universities.

Access Diplomas are Level 3 courses specifically tailored toward the adult learner.

The Nursing and Healthcare Professions pathway is for those students wishing to enter a wide range of health and care professions or subject specific degrees such as: Adult/Mental Health/Child Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, ODP and many more, including specific subject degrees such as Psychology, Sociology or Human Biology. Core subjects will include: Health Psychology, Human Biology and Sociology. (Note: All pathways also include modules in Study Skills, preparation for university and an independent project unit).

Successful students receive an Access to Higher Education Diploma which is currently validated by a regional Access Validation Agency (LASER). This is a national validation indicating a common level of academic achievement, recognised by universities. In addition, grades achieved through completion of Level 3 units will be shown separately on the certificate to indicate individual subject achievement/ability.

All applicants are required to possess a minimum of grade 4/C in GCSE Maths and English. Students are also required to carry out their own research into the specific entry requirements for their chosen university courses prior to application.

Havant and South Downs College offers several Maths and English courses at various levels for potential Access students and a range of GCSEs.

For nursing/midwifery/social care and other vocational courses relevant work experience is also required prior to the university application. South Downs College has its own work experience department that can offer advice with work placements.

Students will also need a clean DBS in order to pursue careers in health care. You will be asked to declare any criminal record on application.

Access classes are two sessions per week for 35 weeks, both daytime (off site at Leigh Park Learning Centre) and evening options are available. Each session begins with an optional individual/additional support session, followed by a 30-minute tutorial and a three hour taught session. In the early weeks of the course students will be taught study skills to introduce and develop essay writing and academic skills to help them complete assessments; they will also receive advice and support in the process of completing the application to university. In addition to the contact hours, students will be required to complete independent work each week.

All credits on the Access programmes at South Downs College will be at Level 3 and will comprise of the following:

Academic study skills
Sociological studies
Health as a social construction
Mental illness, society & the media
Sociological theory & health
Psychology studies
Health psychology
Health psychology applied
Biology studies
Fundamental of human anatomy and physiology
Human anatomy and physiology
Physiological disorders (optional)
Independent academic study or extended independent academic study

Access courses are taught by a team of specialist subject lecturers, supported by a tutor. Students are also given help and advice on applying for Higher Education in specific sessions from tutors and also the College Careers Zone Department.

Classes incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods e.g. discussion, lectures, group work, practical sessions etc. Attendance is compulsory.

Assessment is made through completion of assignment based activities, essays, course work, independent study and research, practical work and class based tests.

In order to achieve an overall pass, students must achieve 60 credits of which at least 45 must be at Level 3 and up to 15 at Level 2. All Level 3 credits will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Higher Education (university), application to a variety of undergraduate courses in vocational areas or single subjects. Students are also given considerable help and advice on applying for Higher Education.

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

This is a really good college, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student