This full-time course is designed for mature students who want to access university. It is the equivalent of three A levels, completed in nine months, so it is a very intensive programme. All students study: skills for learning, social science (sociology/psychology), health studies and biology.
The course is assessed via a combination of coursework and controlled examinations. Each subject offers five units, each unit is worth three credits. You will need sixty credits in order to pass the course. Students are advised to contact universities prior to applying, to check that they will be considered for their chosen degree if they pass the diploma. Most universities require evidence of 'recent study' which means you should be planning to go to university within the next year or two. All students attend weekly tutorials which are designed to assist with study skills, confidence building and applying for university.
- Psychology: abnormal psychology, psychobiology of stress, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psychology of learning and social influence
- Sociology: sociology of health and sociology of family
- Health: concepts of health and health promotion
- Biology: physiology and anatomy, DNA and geneticsinfection and immunity
Students who achieve this qualification progress onto university*. The course is particularly suitable for degrees, including Nursing and other Health Professions, Midwifery, Social Work, Psychology and Sociology. This course is also suitable for students who wish to progress to HNC/HNDs or Foundation degrees in health or social science related areas.
- For most universities you will be required to have GCSE English and maths as well as the Access to HE Diploma. It is the students responsibility to check the entry requirements for individual universities.
You will need GCSEs in English and maths at grade A-C , you will need to pass an initial assessment and interview. You should have substantial work experience (minimum 6 months or 9 months if you wish to become a social worker) in an area related to your chosen career.