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Course Code: NPVAH061/E

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Part-Time

Course Type: Adults

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Course overview

Are you caring, compassionate and competent at delivering high quality standards to others? Do you enjoy working in a team and are passionate about patient care? Our Access to HE Diploma (Health Professions) is the perfect way to gain entry into university to progress into courses such as nursing, midwifery, paramedics, mental health and physiotherapy.

The Access to Health Professionals Diploma is a Level 3 qualification designed to give students a direct progression route into allied health and care degrees including all four nursing pathways, paramedic science, occupational therapy, midwifery, physiotherapy, psychology, dental nursing, veterinary nursing, radiography, health studies or a HNC in Health and Social Care.

This part-time, fast-track one-year intensive course is designed to give you the stepping stone that you need in order be able to progress into a career as an NHS professional. This is a highly reputable course with an outstanding success rates, and will provide you with the knowledge, confidence skills to progress to study at university.

Modules studied on Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals) include:

• Biology - Nutrition and digestion, disease and prevention, respiration and circulation

• Psychology - Obedience and conformity, social relationships and mental health

• Health Studies - Communication, roles and responsibilities and safeguarding

• Study Skills

Each subject is broken down into a number of graded units over the length of the course, towards the end of each unit you will produce an assignment to evidence what you have learnt. Our supportive teachers will use a variety of methods to help you achieve and learn independently within some units.

The course will be delivered through a combination of face to face and some online learning. You will be expected to attend taught lessons on two evenings each week (5:30-9pm approx) with the online elements completed independently at a time that suits each learner.

You are required to have a GCSE in English and Maths at a minimum grade 4/C or above. During the interview process, you will receive an in-depth one to one interview where you will discuss any other qualifications and/or industry experience, along with advice and guidance as to the programme best suited for you. It is essential that you prepare for your interview by researching the entry requirements for your future degree course as this varies from course to course.

If you need to study a GCSE English or Maths alongside the Access course then a further interview will be arranged.

All applicants need to be 18 or over from the 31st August 2024.

You will be assessed through a range of assessment methods such as essays, academic posters, presentations, group work and other types of coursework. Your teachers will guide and support you through each assessment so that you can develop, improve and progress throughout the course.

To find out more contact Michelle Davies by emailing

Students who successfully complete the Access to HE Diploma go onto higher education level study in a wide range of subjects including adult, child, learning disabilities, mental health nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other health professions.

Do not be put off by the cost of the course, as an Advanced Learner Loan is open to anyone aged over 19 studying a Level 3 or above qualification, is not means tested or subject to credit checks and you only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,000 per year.

If you successfully complete your Access to HE course, progress onto and complete a degree level programme, you do not have to pay back your Advanced Learner Loan.

If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first full-time Level 3 programme your course will be completely free. For more details visit

For further information in regards to the funding of your course, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

Course options


Course Duration

32 weeks

Course Days

Tuesday and Thursday

End date


Class Times

17:30 - 21:00

Course Fee


Additional Fees



What else do I need to know?

Following your successful application you will be invited to attend a return to learn day where you will get an introduction to the teaching staff, content of the course, be taught some introductory sessions from the modules you will study, initial assessments, along with advise on how to start to formulate your personal statements.

A student loan may be applied for in order to cover the full cost of the course. On successful completion of the Access to HE Diploma and successful completion of a degree level course at university, this initial student loan will be wiped out! Therefore you may be able to study the course for FREE! Please note there may be additional costs for books, materials or other expenses.

This course is validated by the AIM Qualifications Assessment Group.