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Access to Health Studies and Social Care

£3384.00 fee may apply if you do not meet concessionary fee eligibility criteria
Course Level

Level 3

Start Date

Mon 9 Sep 2024


34 weeks

£3384.00 fee may apply if you do not meet concessionary fee eligibility criteria

About Course

This course is essential for students wishing to move on to Health related Higher Education courses including degrees Nursing; Midwifery; Paramedic Science; Adult Social Care; Sport and Exercise Sciences. Students are given full support to apply for a university place

Course content:

Course content includes 13 units that have been chosen to be vocationally relevant for careers in Health and Social Care. The units include:
Essay skills.
Personal organisation and time management.
Reviewing and planning for the future.
Human Biology.
Disease and the Immune System.
Numeracy, Sociology and Psychology.
Stress Management.
Extended independent academic study.

What do I need to do this course?

Pen, paper, folder and dividers. The recommended reading list will be provided at the interview.


  • No formal qualifications are required. However, the interview process will include a literacy and numeracy assessment and students should achieve level 2 or above in these assessments. Students who do not achieve level 2 may be advised to complete Maths and English GCSE. It is essential that candidates check the entry requirements for their university choices before enrolling for the ACCESS course. If you do require both Maths and English, then you might consider completing these alongside a course such as Mental Health Awareness level 2, Skills for Working in Health and Social Care Professions or Counselling level 2.

Teaching Methods

    • Lectures.
    • Seminars.
    • Tutorials.
    • Workshops.
    • Assignments.
    • Presentations.
    • Independent study.

    Please note that students will be expected to:

    • Meet deadlines.
    • Conduct research.
    • Take part in group activities.
    • Become independent learners and manage their time effectively.

    How is your progress checked?

    You will be assessed through a range of methods, including essays, presentations, exams and a small-scale research project. You will be given regular tutorials to check progress, indentify any issues, set targets and support your return to academic study and writing.

    Extra study or practice required at home.

    An additional 10-16 hours of home study is required

    What can I do after this course?

    This pathway is suitable for students wishing to move on to Health related, Higher Education courses, including degrees in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Children and Families, Adult Social Care, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Sciences. This course is suitable for university entrance on a wide variety of courses. Students are given support to apply for a university place through the UCAS applications process.

£3384.00 fee may apply if you do not meet concessionary fee eligibility criteria

Course details

  • Tutor: Michele Ponting
  • Time: 09:30 - 17:00
  • Provision: 19
  • Term: Full year
  • Location: Foredown Tower
  • The fee for this course is £3384. Students loan is available, please see details here.