Access to Health Science Professions: Access to HE Diploma | Level 3

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This specialist Access to Health Science Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3 is a one year course designed for adult (19+) learners who want to progress to university to study health related courses such nursing, midwifery, operating department practice (ODP) and radiography.

This course is also suitable for students who want to pursue a degree apprenticeship in the health sciences such as nursing and operating department practice.


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for busy adult learners aged 19+ with other commitments. Delivery of the course is mixture of class-based activities and online learning so you will attend college two days per week. In-class activities will involve lectures, group work, peer learning and project-based tasks. You will also have access to online course materials via Google Classroom, which can be accessed via your laptop, tablet and mobile phone.

You need GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above to progress on to this course. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may want to consider Level 2 qualifications such as Access to Health Science Professions Access Foundation Diploma Level 2 or Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care CACHE Certificate Level 2.

Units / Modules

You will study mandatory units such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Researching opportunities in Higher Education
  • Research Skills
  • Reflective practice
  • Group processes

In addition, you will study specialist topics such as:

  • Cell biology
  • Control and coordination
  • Infection and immunity
  • Non-infectious diseases
  • Systems physiology
  • Psychological disorders
  • Key aspects of psychology
  • Health education and society

Benefits / Skills

The study skills units will help you to develop your academic writing, numeracy and research skills. The core modules in biology, health education and psychology will give you the underpinning knowledge needed for university and a career in the health science professions such as nursing, midwifery, operating department practice (ODP) or radiography.

This course will also help you develop transferable skills valued by employers, including IT, teamwork, communication, problem-solving and time management.

Assessment Types

Assessment includes coursework and exams in two semesters over the year. Some units may include presentations. All work is internally moderated and externally moderated by assessors from the awarding body Certa.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs in English and maths and English at grade 4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Additional requirements include a successful interview and demonstration of appropriate sector care values.

Career Progression

Progression may include a relevant health science degree or a nursing apprenticeship.

Students who have successfully completed the Health Science Professions diploma have progressed to university to study:

  • Adult nursing
  • Child nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Radiography
  • Paramedic practice
  • Audiology
  • Operating Departmental Practice

Students have also progressed onto nursing apprenticeships.

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Course Details


1 Year

Study Type

Full time

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Course Fee (Adult)

£3,384   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Health Science & Social Care
Leeds City College
Leeds City College