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Healthcare Professionals Access to Higher Education Diploma

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Access to HE Health Professionals

Our Access to Higher Education courses build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to progress on to higher education in the subject area you’re interested in. They are recognised as entry qualifications by universities across the UK.

Are you interested in working in healthcare but don’t have the necessary qualifications? Then our Access courses maybe for you. Our Access to Higher Education course is the equivalent to three A Levels and can be completed in one year.

This is a one-year Level 3 intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education. You will focus on developing core skills and knowledge in Health and Science.


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Course Information

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Entry Requirements

Desirable: GCSE Maths and English or Functional Skills Level 2.

What qualification will I gain?

Access to HE Diploma Health Professionals Cava Level 3.

Assessment Methods

This course will be assessed by a variety of assessments: exams, presentations, portfolios, essays, reports.

Course Content

What will I study?

  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • Blood and Circulation
  • Homeostasis
  • Reproductive biology
  • Disease and defence

Specialist Nursing & Midwifery units:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Sociology of Health
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Understanding Mental Health

Specialist Science units:

  • Lab skills in Chemistry
  • Medical applications for Radiography
  • Physics materials
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Atomic Structure

All students study a Research project and Academic study skills units.

NB: units subject to change.

Next Steps

Course progression:

Upon completion of this course, you can progress onto university.

Career progression:

To study all nursing degrees, paramedic science, pharmacy degree, bio medical degree, dietetics, radiography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy etc.

Additional information

Funding information:

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable.

If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or  contact

Available Courses
Central Bedfordshire College Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:30am - 4:30pm
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.