Reading, RG1 4HJ
Get the skills you need to progress to the Access to Higher Education diploma.
This part-time, Pre-Access course is designed for students who want to develop their English, maths and study skills to progress to the Access to Higher Education diploma.
What I'll learn
You will study seven different units:
- Word processing software
- Time management
- Preparing for a career in the health and social care professions
- Ethical issues in health care
- Introduction to psychology
- Understanding health and safety in health and social care settings
- Introduction to human physiology for health care
You will also have the opportunity to take English and Maths GCSE as part of the course.
How I'll learn
The course is taught through a combination of lectures, group work and independent learning activities.
The course is taught by experienced subject specialists and you will also have access to our library.
How I'll be assessed
Assessment on this programme is through a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
Assessments are a mixture of:
- structured questions
Following the Access Diploma, I went on to study a midwifery degree, became a registered midwife for the NHS, and now have my own practice and teach others. I couldn’t have done any of this without my Access qualification."
Emma, Access to HE: Healthcare Professions
Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.
No specific qualifications are asked for, however a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or maths would be beneficial.
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.