Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)
This course is designed for students who want to access university and have been away from studying for some time. It is the equivalent of three A Levels, completed in 9 months, making it a very intensive programme. You will study skills for learning, social science (sociology/psychology), health studies and biology.
‘Courses, such as the access to higher education programme, have been developed to match local healthcare sector needs.’ Ofsted, 2018
The course is assessed via a combination of coursework and controlled exams and is designed for students with experience in the Health and Care sector who do not have a sufficient level 3 qualification to allow them to progress to university. You will need 60 credits in order to pass the course.
This is made up of: Biology: 18 credits Health Studies: 15 credits Sociology: 6 credits Psychology: 6 credits Skills for Learning: 15 credits
You are advised to contact universities prior to applying, to check that you will be considered for your chosen degree on completion of the course and some universities require specific unit combinations.
Most universities require evidence of 'recent study' which means you should be planning to go to university within the next year or two. You will attend weekly tutorials which are designed to assist with study skills, confidence building and applying for university.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.
What areas will I study?
You will take the following modules:
- Health studies
- Skills for learning