Vocational Course

Access to HE - Health Diploma

Full-Time + Part-Time
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About this course

Start in January or September

An Access course is a nationally recognised alternative to A Levels and GCSEs for entry to British Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The course offers excellent preparation for studying at a higher level and can increase your chances of future success.

At Halesowen College our Access programme is specifically linked to Birmingham City University, Newman University and Wolverhampton University. However, as part of the Open College Network, the qualification is recognised nationally, leaving you free to apply to the university of your choice.

Even if you were to decide against progressing to higher education, we believe that you would find the course to be of great personal benefit.

What does the course involve?

This is an exciting course that will introduce you to health theory and practice for a range of health and social care settings. The teaching team are passionate about all health and aim to provide you with a brilliant experience.

You will be encouraged to think deeply, unpick your own ideas of society and health and to work collaboratively with your peers to enhance learning.

What will I learn?

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals
  • Structure and Organisation of the Health Sectors
  • Approaches to Health
  • Placement
  • Health Promotion
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Cell Biology
  • Human Immunity
  • Human Nutrition and Digestive System
  • Human Reproduction, Growth and Development

How will I be assessed?

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Podcasts
  • Seminars
  • Presentations

We aim to vary the way in which we assess you so we can accommodate all learning styles, to prepare all for their degree programmes and later employment.

What do I need?

You require a GCSE grade C in English Language.

Where can it take me?

The Health Diploma Access to HE course is extremely useful. We have had learners progress into a range of courses, for example:

BSc (Hons) | Diagnostic Radiography
BSc (Hons) | Midwifery
BSc (Hons) | Nursing - Adult
BSc (Hons) | Nursing - Child
BSc (Hons) | Nursing - Learning Disability
BSc (Hons) | Nursing - Mental Health
DipHE | Operating Department Practice
BSc (Hons) | Paramedic Science
BSc (Hons) | Public Health
Foundation Degree in Social Science*

*Offered at Halesowen College

The aim of varying the way in which we assess you is to accommodate all learning styles, prepare you for your degree and later employment.

Additional Information

Who can I contact about the course?
Hilary Gardner - hgardner@halesowen.ac.uk

Gloria Manhera - gmanhera@halesowen.ac.uk - 0121 602 7705

Funding Your Access to HE Course

If you are aged 19-23 and do not hold a full level 3 qualification (such as a BTEC, NVQ or A Levels) your course could be free.

If you do need to pay for the course you can pay in full, by instalments or by Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.