Duration 1 year
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Access to Higher EducationAdults Access to Higher Education (19+)
This programme aims to develop the skills and self-confidence in learners necessary to progress to their chosen course in higher education or profession.
This is an established course which has been running since the 90's, during this time we have supported hundreds of students to progress onto a degree relating to professional healthcare and start the process of successfully obtaining a career in a variety of healthcare professions.
Specific healthcare degrees which our students have progressed onto, include; Adult Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Child Nursing, Operating Department Practitioners, Mental Health Nursing, and Social Work. There are many more professional healthcare degree options as a result of the successful completion of the course, and additionally vocational opportunities, such as, Mental Health Practitioners and a direct supported pathway to the Trainee Nursing Associates course. Averagely 85% of our students receive offers to study a degree in the healthcare professions, with the remaining 15% progressing onto vocational aspirations.
The core subjects which will be studied on the course are Human Biology, Health and Community Studies and Psychology. In addition, there will be supporting modules in Study Skills and Applied Maths, and an independent project module which provides opportunity to examine a self-selected topic area within the scope of Nursing and Healthcare Professions.
The course provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and theories you will meet during your further studies or training. Teamwork and oral skills are promoted through group discussion and seminars, which helps prepare for next steps both in an academic and vocational context. All students have the opportunity to develop practical skills in the laboratories, and medical practice using the state-of-the-art school of nursing facilities.
Access to Nursing & Healthcare Professions is a daytime provision.
We also offer this as an evening course here.
The College of West Anglia is a longstanding and successful provider of Access to HE courses.
If you do not meet the above entry requirements, you should consider our Pre-Access course in Science and Nursing.
Learners who have studied one of the Diplomas within the Healthcare and Medicine subject area have progressed onto a variety of degree programmes including:
*For these courses a 6 in GCSE Science is required by most universities. Please see our GCSE Science offering here.
All our Access to Higher Education courses have a course fee which could be waived if you are aged 19-23 at the start of your course and have not completed a level 3 (or above) course before.
Otherwise, you could also consider applying for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of the course. If you complete an Access course and then progress onto and complete a degree (with us or elsewhere), you will not be required to pay back the remaining amount of your Advanced Learner Loan!
Advanced Learner Loan Information
Depending on your age, course, educational history and personal circumstances, there may be options available for you to receive a course fully-funded by the government. Our fee calculator will help give you an idea on whether you'll be able to have your course fee waived or covered by an Advanced Learner Loan.
If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.
The Access to Higher Education course (depending upon the final qualification) is equivalent to A-Levels. It is recognised by higher education institutions, advanced apprenticeships, business, retail and appropriate professions. Our Access to Higher Education courses are validated by the Cambridge Access Validating Agency and the qualification is universally recognised as demanding and rigorously assessed.
The course will be split into modules which are individually assessed. Later modules build on the skills developed in the earlier ones. Some modules use exams in the assessment process but only as part of the overall assessment some others use coursework only. The course director will give you further information about assessment on the pathway you choose.
The number of UCAS tariff points for an Access to Higher Education diploma varies between 48 and 144 points, depending on your grade for each module.
Access to Higher Education qualifications are split into a total of 45 graded credits and each module will have a different credit weighting (for example, one module may be worth 3 units and another may be worth 6). For each graded module, you'll achieve a pass, merit or distinction and these each carry a different amount of UCAS points (with pass being the lowest and distinction being the highest).
For example, if you pass each graded module, you will achieve 48 UCAS points. If you gain a distinction in each graded module, you will achieve 144 UCAS points (equivalent to three A grades at A Level).
We've included some examples below of what grades you need to achieve common UCAS tariff point entry requirements:
|UCAS Points||Grades required|
|64||15 credits at merit, 30 credits at pass|
|74||24 credits at merit, 21 credits at pass|
|80||30 credits at merit, 15 credits at pass|
|96||45 credits at merit|
|120||24 credits at distinction, 21 credits at merit|
|144||45 credits at distinction|
You can find more details on the UCAS Tariff points calculator here.
Duration 1 year