Access to HE Diploma (Nursing)

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This course has a Distance Learning option – please select at application 

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 Diploma (Nursing) course is extremely useful.  We have had learners progress into a range of university courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) | Nursing – Adult
  • BSc (Hons) | Nursing – Child
  • BSc (Hons) | Nursing – Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) | Nursing – Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) | Public Health

Course content 

An Access to Nursing course aims to introduce you to health theory and practice, which allows you to gain an understanding of nursing and health care as you make the careful selection of your future career. During the course you will have opportunities to explore a range of topics around Nursing. The range of units selected for study take into consideration current university entry requirements, interview processes as well as the Regulatory Bodies’ (Royal College of Midwifery/Nursing and Midwifery Council) focus on care within the care professions.

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:

  • Communication within Health Care
  • The Roles and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse
  • Placement
  • Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Human Disease and Prevention
  • Human Nutrition and Digestion
  • Anatomy
  • Cell Biology

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 and Science or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills Maths as well. If not, you can study one of these 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

This course has a Distance Learning option – please select at application 

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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