Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals)

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Why study this course? 

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. This diploma is accredited by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group, which 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.

The Access to HE Health Diploma 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 / Student Paramedic route through the West Midlands Ambulances
  • BSc (Hons) | Public Health

Course content

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.

You will be internally assessed by completing course work assessments following a carefully selected assessment plan throughout the duration of your studies. Your progress is also monitored throughout study in classroom-based activities such as quizzes, seminars, presentations, homework and flipped and remote learning activities. Your summative assessments will take the form of essays, podcasts, seminars and presentations. As the teaching team we aim to vary the way in which we assess you so we can accommodate all learning styles, to prepare all for further study, apprenticeship or employment opportunities.

Modules Include:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals
  • Communication in Health Care
  • Mental health and illness
  • Health Promotion
  • Placement
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Cell Biology
  • Human Disease and Prevention
  • Microbiology
  • Human Nutrition and Digestion

Entry requirements

You require a GCSE grade C/ 4 in English Language or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills English.

It is desirable to have GCSE grade C/ 4 in Maths or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills Maths as well. If not, you can study this alongside your Access Diploma, as you will need it for your degree qualification.


You will need access to notebooks and stationery

Day, time and duration

Tuesday ( Microsoft Teams ) 9am – 2.40pm

Wednesday ( Shenstone House ) 9.30am-2.30pm

Friday ( Shenstone House ) 9.30am-3pm

Start date

September 2024


If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 – 23 years, this course may be free

An Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course

If applying for an Advanced Learning Loan we will need evidence of application before enrolment can be completed, we can also support you to make this application

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