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Gaining the qualification you need to get into university

If you are aged 19+ and are considering a second chance at education, then this is the course for you. We have various pathways available for you to go into your chosen degree course at university in order to achieve your dream career.

Help with finances

Don't be put off by the cost of the course, as an Advanced Learning Loan is open to anyone aged over 19 studying a Level 3 or above qualification, is not means tested or subject to credit checks. If you successfully complete your Access to HE course, progress onto and complete a degree, you do not have to pay back your Advanced Learning Loan.

If you're aged 19-23 and studying your first full-time Level 3 programme your course will be completely free.

Which pathway is for you?

Access to HE Diploma (Health) - nationally accepted at universities for courses such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedics, dental work, ODP, and many more health related careers.

Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences/Education) - nationally accepted at universities for courses such as psychology, counselling, social work, social policy, law, teaching, education and early years.

What can I expect?

The Access to HE course is a course which runs over one year (September to May). Students should expect to be in College for 15 hours per week over 3 days and to undertake 15 hours private study per week.

What will I learn?

All students will study three subjects at Level 3 relevant to their chosen progression route.

Dependent on which pathway you are studying, you will gain knowledge and understanding in areas such as:-

  • Psychology – understanding behaviour, social influence, development over the lifespan, abnormal behaviour, social relationships.
  • Biology – cells, nutrition and digestion, respiration and circulation, reproduction and growth, endocrine system.
  • Sociology – crime and deviance, family structure, history of the NHS, gender, education, sociology of roles and responsibilities.
  • Childhood Studies – intellectual development, language development, play, disability.
  • Education Theory – cognitive development, sociology of education, child development.
  • Education Practice – influences on achievement, realities of teaching, communication and practice, behaviour problems

Tom has been a professional actor for the last ten years. For a variety of reasons he decided he wanted a career change into medicine but obviously had a huge skills gap to fill. The Access to HE - Medicine and Healthcare course allows students direct progression to medical school. Tom is hoping to go to medical school to eventually become a doctor.

"Balancing my studies, work and family life is hard but the staff are supportive and my peers are encouraging."

Access to HE, Medicine and Healthcare Pathway

Tom Hunt, 34