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This is the fast-track route to the healthcare profession you have always wanted! Get the skills and qualifications you need to get onto a healthcare course at university next year and start on your way to a career in the NHS or other related healthcare organisations.
This course is completely unaffected by COVID-19 as it is fully online, in fact there is no better time to be studying remotely!
Please note: There is a tuition fee applied to this course. Tuition fees for our Access to Higher Education online courses commencing from February 2021 will be £3,384. Funding may be available - scroll down for more information.
If you pay with an Adult Learner Loan and progress directly to university after this course, the government will write off your loan!
This Access to HE Online Level 3 Diploma in Allied Health Professions gives you a brand new, convenient and affordable way to study for your qualification online.
Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career in healthcare, but worry that a lack of time and qualifications could prevent you from taking that next step? If you are aged 19 or over and aspire to go to university to study a healthcare-related degree, an Access to Higher Education Online Diploma is the route for you.
Key programme features:
- One-year programme
- Personal tutor and weekly online tutorials included
- Equivalent to three A-levels, which means you can achieve the points you need for university
- Flexible so you can learn at your own pace, in your own home
- Designed exclusively for adults
- Widely recognised and accepted qualifications by UK universities
- Funding options available
Nursing Bursary for those going on to degree-level courses: Nursing students starting university will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs.
The funding will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020. Read more about how it is expected to benefit more than 35,000 students every year.
If you are aged 19 and over, and want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees. The loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks and you start repaying it when you earn over £25,000 per year.
Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE programme, if you go on to complete a higher education/university level course. This means you do not have to repay it.
What I'll learn
The main aim of this course is to prepare students for study at university. Students will receive subject specific study skills preparation, as well as tuition in subjects that are relevant to their chosen degree course. You will study modules including: biology, psychology, professional healthcare practice, human physiology and health studies.
This particular pathway is designed for anyone wanting to progress into a career in the NHS or other health related organisations. You can progress on to higher education to study for some of the various roles that come under the banner of the allied health professions (AHPs):
The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) comprise of 14 distinct occupations including: art therapists, dieticians, drama therapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners (ODPs), orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, podiatrists, prosthetists and orthotists, diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, and speech and language therapists.
Activate Learning has helped over 3,000 Access to HE students progress on to university. OFSTED rated us ‘good’ in December 2017, with many outstanding features for our Access programmes.
The Access to HE Diploma is your online gateway to higher education, and will give you the opportunity to apply for a wide range of university courses. However, universities and colleges have specific course entry requirements and it’s vital that you check what these are before applying.
How I'll learn
The programme is one year in duration and is delivered fully online. Teaching will take the form of lectures, discussions, group work and self-directed learning. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, reports, presentations and timed assessments.
Flexible learning and support
Finding the time to learn the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career can be difficult. Online learning means that you can study flexibly, at times to suit you and your lifestyle. As a one-year programme, it also means that you will be ready for university in less time than if you followed the traditional A-level route.
Throughout your time on the programme, we will provide support through a personal tutor, as well as through our telephone hotline, open Monday–Friday from 9am–5pm.
We will work with you to develop a study plan so that you can meet coursework deadlines and schedule study time around your other responsibilities.
We will also guide you through the process of your UCAS applications. This includes checking your applications and personal statement as well as providing the supporting references before they are submitted.
How I'll be assessed
Access to HE Online: Allied Health Professions Level 3 Diploma is a one year course and is validated and moderated by Ascentis under licence from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and comprises of 60 credits, of which 45 are graded and 15 ungraded. Students on the course study towards 3 credits in Preparing to Progress, 3 credits in academic writing and 54 credits over the three subjects Biology, Psychology and Professional Health Care Practice. It is a skills-based course with the academic content equivalent to A level standard (level 3).
Assessment on this programme is through a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
The coursework will involve:
- a portfolio of evidence
Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.
To be eligible for a place on an Access to HE Online programme, you must have GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C equivalent) or above, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.
As this is an online course, it is not possible to study maths and/or English at an Activate Learning college alongside the main qualification.
You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.
If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.
Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.
There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.
How to Apply
You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:
- Register for our online service and verify your account
- Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.
Printed application forms are also available.
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.