Access to HE Diploma (Nursing and Midwifery) - Online

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Prepare for a career in the NHS in nursing and midwife professions with our online Access programme

The Access to higher education course is one year in duration.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a diploma that will gain you entry to degree level study at a choice of most UK universities.

This particular pathway is designed for anyone wanting to progress into a career in the NHS or other nursing and midwife professions. 

What I'll learn

The main aim of this course is to prepare you 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.

Once awarded the Access to HE Diploma, you will be able to start a university degree, provided you have met the entrance criteria for your chosen universities.

You will study psychology, professional healthcare practice (PHP) and human physiology.  You will gain knowledge on a range of health-related issues and research cultural and environmental influences on health. In addition to an understanding of human biology and psychology you will also gain a deeper understanding of ethical issues within healthcare. A lifesaving programme forms part of the course and looks at subjects such as health and safety at work. There will also be the opportunity to gain nationally recognised Level 2 qualifications in Adult numeracy and literacy.

If you do not already have relevant work experience you will be encouraged and expected to seek a voluntary placement to gain relevant workplace experience to support your higher education application.

You can progress on to higher education to study for some of the various roles that come under the banner of nursing and midwifery professions: 

  • Adult nursing
  • Child health
  • Nursing
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Midwifery practice
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Forensic science


How I'll learn

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.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).


Entry Requirements

To apply for a place on the Access to HE course, there are no requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications.

However, applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year. You are required to sit an initial maths and English assessment to determine if your level of literacy and numeracy is sufficiently high to cope with a Level 3 course. The outcome of this might be that an applicant is advised to complete maths and/or English at GCSE before being considered for the Access course.

On the other hand, if an applicant scores well on the initial test, it is possible to do maths and/ or English alongside the Access diploma, but please note that this is a substantial workload.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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 contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.