What I'll learn
The Access to HE: Medicine programme will prepare you for a career in the emerging role of Physician Associate.
Physician associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients and are currently being heavily recruited for. The purpose of the role is to provide a continuity of care for patients, as well as provide a stability to the medical workforce.
Physician associates will usually start on Agenda for Change (AfC) pay band seven, which is currently at £37,570. Many posts are internships that start on band six, which is currently £30,401.
As a physician associate, you might work in a GP surgery or be based in a hospital, but wherever you work, you'll have direct contact with patients with the opportunity to make a positive impact on their well-being.
Working life as a Physician associate
You’ll be a graduate who has undertaken post-graduate training and you'll work under the supervision of a doctor. You’ll be trained to perform a number of day-to-day tasks including:
- taking medical histories from patients
- performing physical examinations
- diagnosing illnesses
- seeing patients with long-term chronic conditions
- performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
- analysing test results
- developing management plans
- provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients
Most physician associates currently work in general practice, acute (internal) medicine and emergency medicine.
How I'll learn
An Access to HE programme is equal to three A Levels, giving you the UCAS points you need to apply for university-level study.
Programmes will last one year (36 weeks of study), after which you will have the diploma, knowledge, skills and confidence to study at degree level. Throughout the programme, you will experience the different kinds of learning that you need for university, including essay and report writing, giving presentations and participating in seminars.
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
If you are aged 19 or 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 cancel 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.