About the course
The Access to HE course is a one-year, full-time, Level 3 course specifically designed to enable you to develop the knowledge and study skills to progress into Higher Education.
You may already have some qualifications at GCSE, NVQ, BTEC or A level but not enough to get to university.
The Access course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your goal. You need to be very committed to study and focused on your career choice. Previous students have gone on to study: Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Early Childhood Studies and Care Practice.
- GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4/C or above
- Strong desire to study
- Commitment to study full time for a year
- Knowledge of course required at university
- Good organisation, enthusiasm and motivation
- Approximately 12 months experience of working in a health or care setting (voluntary or paid employment)
If you are hoping to go on to study Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Radiography, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and other health care programmes, examples of work experience might include: health care assistant; shadowing a community midwife/health visitor/district nurse/ radiographer/ physiotherapist; volunteer for breast feeding support group; volunteer on maternity ward/post natal ward/antenatal ward; women’s support groups (e.g. Mothers for Mothers, National Childbirth Trust); cancer support, mental health support, ambulance services etc.
If you are hoping to go on to study Social Work, examples might include: youth work; family support work; fostering; voluntary work with the Samaritans, addiction groups, cancer support, community service, mental health support etc.