Health & Social Access To Higher Education Diploma Level 3





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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.

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

Social Work

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.

What will I do on this course?
  • 15 taught hours per week in college usually spread over three to four days
  • 20 self-study hours per week
  • 3 chosen modules to be discussed at interview
  • Support from a personal tutor and Study Skills are included in the course
Who is it for?
  • Adults over 19 who want to enter Higher Education and already have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above
How to apply

Please contact us for more information and an Access to HE Application form. You may be invited to an interview and screening tests in Maths and English. There is no deadline for applications but we advise you to apply as soon as possible.

For more information about Access courses:

Call: 0117 312 5164


How Is this course assessed?

The Access Diploma is modular. You will gain 45 credits at Level 3 (graded at distinction, merit or pass) and 15 ungraded credits at Level 2 for assessed work through a nationally recognised awarding body, AptEd.

  • Assignment based
  • Coursework
  • Exams
What could I do next?

HND/Foundation Degrees in Health and Social Care at City of Bristol College; a wide variety of health and social care related degrees at many universities within the UK and overseas including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery and Social Work.

  • We have long established links with universities
  • We offer guaranteed consideration for a Foundation Degree at City of Bristol College
  • It is essential that you know what you want to study at university or college.
  • We recommend you visit universities on their Open Days
  • Thoroughly research your intended university course and its entry requirements before you apply for an Access course.
Additional cost

You may need to pay for books


You will need an interview for this course



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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