Course Details

This an intensive course which is intended to provide a qualification equivalent to A-level (level 3), recognised by universities sufficient for entry to related degree courses such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, social work and paramedic science. The course has outstanding success rates, lecturers are positive and passionate to provide the best possible experience and support. There are three subject areas, human physiology, psychology and sociology. Universities and colleges expect Access to HE applicants to have acquired a certain amount of life experience before they start an Access to HE course, so applicants who have only recently left school may be advised to follow a different route into higher education. Different funding arrangements apply according to the age of the student.

Entry Requirements

You are required to have English and maths GCSE at grade A*-C. Access to HE courses are intended for mature students who have been out of education for some time. This generally means that students should be at least 19 when they start the course.

Career options

The Access to HE Diploma provides progression for those who have been out of education onto degree level courses. Extensive support and assistance will be given to enable you to complete your UCAS application. The most common pathways include midwifery, nursing, paramedic science, and physiotherapy.

Access to Higher Education: Healthcare Professions

Five highlights

  • 1 Progression routes to numerous health care-related university courses.
  • 2 This course and the College are both outstanding (Ofsted 2014).
  • 3 Peer learning is actively promoted in lessons (Ofsted 2014).
  • 4 Course content is custom-designed for health-care relevance.
  • 5 The experienced team are accessible, proactive and supportive.

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • LLA Level 3 Diploma (60 credits)

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Course code Location Course length Start date
ACC009CF1A Chichester Campus 1 Year 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

The course is made up of 60 credits (45 graded and 15 ungraded); 21 of these are in human physiology (all graded), 18 in psychology (15 graded), 12 in sociology (9 graded). You will work on and develop skills in: scientific enquiry, laboratory experiments, essay writing, preparing and giving presentations and in-class timed assessments. Units will include: in physiology – ‘biology for health professions’, ‘body movement’ and ‘body system coordination’; in psychology – ‘psychology of early socialisation', ‘conformity and obedience’ and ‘understanding stress’; in sociology – 'introduction to sociology', ‘health studies’, and ‘health promotion’. You will complete the course with the independent academic study unit, a detailed investigation and report on a health-related subject of your choice (from either physiology, psychology or sociology); this will include continuous support by a dedicated project mentor, and take place over 6 weeks between April/May and June 2019.

How will I be taught?

You will attend two 3-hour lessons in physiology a week, one 3-hour lesson in psychology a week and one 2-hour sociology lesson a week. There will also be a dedicated hour of tutorial time every week, where you can have one-to-one meetings with the course leader. Lessons will be varied and include lab-based practical work, group discussion, focused reading, presentations, lecture with note making and lots more. The more students get involved in the learning process, the more they will gain fro

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using 1500-2000 word essays, 1500-2000 word reports, group presentations, subject-specific controlled assessments and the creation of leaflets/posters. There is no end of course exam.

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