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The tutors are really helpful, most of them have actually worked as an actual like social worker or care worker, so that’s good because they can give you on-hand experience and they can tell you things they have actually experienced whilst they’ve worked, and it can help you kind of learn about health and social care because you’re learning from people who have experienced it.


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  • If you are 19-23, and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification, course fees will be waived. This means you don’t have to pay anything for the course.
  • If you are 19-23 and already have a full level 3 qualification or 24+, you can take out an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you have completed your degree. This means you might not have to repay the loan.
  • You will be studying alongside other adults aged 19 and over, and will be fully supported by experienced tutors.

Course Information


Access to HE courses aim to prepare 19+ learners for degree level study. These courses are ideal for adult learners who want to develop the skills and knowledge needed for university.

This specialist level 3 Health Science course is a one year course designed for adult learners who want to progress to university to study health related courses such as 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. This course is validated by Gateway.

If you are 19-23, and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification, course fees will be waived. This means you don’t have to pay anything for the course.

If you are 19-23 and already have a full level 3 qualification or 24+, you can take out an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you have completed your degree. This means you might not have to repay the loan.

You will be studying alongside other adults aged 19 and over, and will be fully supported by experienced tutors.


This is a 60 credit diploma course. 15 credits from ungraded units and 45
credits are from graded units. Graded units are assessed at pass, merit and
distinction (See unit/modules for breakdown of units).

This course aims to develop the skills and knowledge required for
undergraduate courses in the health science professions. Students will develop
their academic writing skills and build a strong foundational knowledge in
anatomy & physiology and psychology. The Psychology/Health care project will
develop the independent research skills needed for degree level study.

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LCC School of Sport Alumni Video Transcript

1. Kelsey Gentles, PE Teacher and Sports Presenter
2. Sohail Raz, Cricket Development and Inclusion Officer, Yorkshire County Cricket
3. Hassan Hussain, Sports Lecturer at Leeds City College
4. Shannon Lacey, Sports Lecturer at Leeds City College
5. Harvey Whiteley, Development Coach, Leeds Rhinos Foundation
6. Conor Melia, Sports Operations Supervisor, Leeds Beckett University
7. Mia Stansfield, Personal Trainer and Class Instructor, JD Gyms
8. Jonny Dockerty, Sports Operations Manager, Leeds Beckett University

A man wearing black gym shorts, a t shirt and black gilet is in a sports hall, pulling a wide net across the hall to divide two tennis courts from one another.

Hassan and Shannon walk down a corridor side by side, both wearing black T shirts.

A man, Sohail, stands face-on to the camera wearing a long sleeved top emblazoned with the Yorkshire County logo, a white rose. He holds a cricket bat across his body.

Harvey stands on a sports field wearing a green Leeds Rhinos shirt with a yellow lanyard around his neck – he is smiling. In the next shot, he is standing with his back to the camera, in the centre of a semi-circle of six rugby players who are all wearing purple t-shirts and black shorts. Two of the players have their hands on their hips, one has his arms folded, and they are smiling.

Six people are walking down a staircase in a modern-looking building with cream walls, a red accent on the stairs. At the front of the group, one person, Jonny, wears a cream long-sleeved top while the others are all wearing black sportswear. There’s a small brown dog at the back of the group too.

There’s a long sports hall with a deep orange flooring, and white lines marked out like a track. In the centre of the shot is a person walking towards the camera wearing pristine white Nike trainers – only their legs are visible. As they walk towards the camera, they drop a black sports bag to the ground. In the next shot, we’re still in the same room, but we can see the back of a woman’s head as she ties up her fair hair in a ponytail. She wears a black t shirt with a white logo along the sleeves and a smartwatch on her wrist.

A voiceover starts:

Kelsey: My studies at Leeds City College taught me a lot actually about being an athlete – a lot of the

The next shot is a close-up of a woman, Kelsey, ready to start running on a track – her Nike trainers have a pink tick and are perfectly aligned to the starting line, and her hands are poised ready to go on the other side of the line. We next see her face on, still in the starting position, with her head up, and a determined and confident look on her face. She shifts her weight onto her back foot, raising herself up ready to start running.

Kelsey: a lot of the modules that I was studying at college, they coincided with what I was learning while I was

Kelsey is talking to the camera, stood outdoors in a sports field. There are rugby posts over her left shoulder. Then we see her again on the indoor track, starting her sprint with a rugby ball in her right hand. She runs quickly towards the camera as if she’s going to collide with it but adeptly swerves past it.

Kelsey: you know learning to be an athlete. My second year at College my tutor started encouraging me to go

We again see her trainers pounding the track. Next there is an agility ladder laid out flat on the track, and she darts between the ‘rungs’, skipping lightly across the track.

Kelsey: to university and I didn’t think I was going to go to university because nobody in my family had been,

Next Kelsey is walking across a sports field holding a rugby ball in the right hand, wearing a dark t shirt and shorts and a black backpack. We follow her past some fences and in the distances there are a number of sports courts. She walks confidently and swings her arms as she walks.

Kelsey: and it just wasn’t – I just didn’t think it was in the cards, but my tutors really did encourage me.

She talks directly to the camera, smiling.

Kelsey: I graduated last year and now I have a graduate job working in a school teaching PE to special educational needs children.

The next speaker is Sohail, who is sat in a sports hall. On the left of the screen, netting hangs behind him, and on the right are strip lights above a wall of bright windows. He has a long beard and wears a dark long sleeved shirt with a Yorkshire white rose logo.

Sohail: Studying at Leeds City College within them two years, the course itself was quite practical but there was also theory as well,

We see that Sohail is balancing a cricket bat across his lap. The bat has a green stripey handle, which slightly obscures the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation logo on his dark trousers.

Sohail: and a lot of the time we were in the classroom developing different types of skills so whether that was presentation skills,

Sohail walks through the sports hall that he was sat in, running his hands along the white netting that hangs from the ceiling – he moves it along like a curtain.

Sohail: learning about how the body works, about the coaching side of stuff.

He is sat down talking to the camera as before.

Sohail: My current role at the moment is the Diverse Communities Manager,

Now he is stood in the centre of a running track, and in slow motion he is crossing his arms and looking beyond the camera.

Sohail: and that’s what I’m doing now, so I’m kind of overseeing the work in Leeds and Bradford,

A close-up of a wicket: three black stumps with two yellow crosspieces (known as bails) balanced on top of them. The black stump nearest to the camera has a sunshine-like icon on it, next to the words ‘CHANCE TO SHINE’ and underneath it the word ‘STREET’. The central stump is plain and the furthest one is out of focus but appears to have the same wording as above.

In the next shot, a man is stood in a sports hall, with a basketball hoop high on the wall far behind him. He is holding a cricket bat that is a dark grey or black, and he wears a black sweatshirt. Both his shirt and the bat have the sunbeam logo and the words ‘CHANCE TO SHINE STREET’ on.

We see someone balance the crosspieces on the wicket from before.

In the next shot, the man is hitting a cricket ball that someone is bowling towards him, the bowler with his back towards the camera, and there’s a third man behind the wicket, knees bent and with his arms loose, ready to catch the ball. He hits the ball off camera and the wicket-keeper moves off-screen to fetch it.

Sohail: and the core, the core role is to try increase participation among the

Another man wearing a CHANCE TO SHINE STREET t shirt is walking towards the camera smiling, towards a man with his back to the camera who hands him the cricket bat.

We return to Sohail speaking directly to the camera.

Sohail: South Asian community and opening it up to, uh to different audiences as well now.

Two people walk down the staircase we saw before, with red accents and the numbers 1-4 marked out on the ceiling. They are Shannon and Hussan, who are both wearing black t shirts and black shorts. As they walk down the stairs they talk and smile at each other.

Hussan: Myself and Shannon, we’ve both been students at Leeds City College and now we’ve made the sort of transformation into a teaching role,

Hussan and Shannon are sat next to each other in a smart room that looks like a lecture theatre, with grey and yellow seating. Next they are walking down a clean white corridor, and Hussan is holding a folder.

Hussan: and through that I’m now working in my local community coaching young children.

There’s a wide shot on a beach of a crowd of people. It’s mostly children with some adults at the outskirts of the crowd. The people on the left of the crowd are wearing white t shirts with an indistinct logo on, while the others are wearing dark or coloured t shirts. In the centre of the crowd is a mascot, a big yellow dog wearing a blue cap and a blue uniform, although the details are obscured by someone standing in front of it. On the left of the crowd is a tall black flag with an unclear logo on it. The children at the front of the crowd are holding up some banners: one is a blue oval that reads ‘Wicketz’ (the K is made out of a colourful image of someone hitting a ball) and the next is also a blue oval, with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation wording and icon of a white Yorkshire rose. Two of the children are also holding large posters that look like mock-ups of railway tickets, with orange borders and the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation logo.

We see a young person playing cricket on the beach, batting towards a group of other young people.

Shannon: By being a student enrolled within the Pez course, it gave me opportunities to coach and go into

Shannon is stood in front of a large screen which is filled with rows and columns of numbers, and behind a screen. The camera moves towards her and it’s clear that she’s speaking to someone we can’t see, gesturing with her hands.

Shannon: schools and deliver coaching sessions which has obviously benefited me now, teaching at Leeds City College

Now Hussan is stood at the front of a lecture theatre and we can see over his shoulder at a screen, like he’s giving a presentation. A handful of people are dotted around the lecture theatre, leaning forward and watching whatever he has put on screen. In the next shot, the same people who were listening to Hussan have raised their hands as if in response to a question he has asked. One of them answers the question so the rest of the group lower their hands while he explains. We return to a close-up of Hussan, still in the lecture theatre, using his hands to emphasise his point. We see two of the students from the lecture hall laughing.

Shannon: because I’m teaching on coaching courses – so I already have that firsthand experience within

We return to Hussan and Shannon addressing the camera directly, sat in the lecture theatre.

Shannon: schools that I can then pass on to our students and they can hopefully achieve similar opportunities that I have.

The next shot is Harvey. He’s sat down outdoors at a grey table, with a glass wall behind him. Behind the wall we can see a running track, and in the distance some people are stood on a sports field. Harvey is wearing a green Leeds Rhinos t shirt with a yellow lanyard.

Harvey: I’m currently the Head Coach at the Leeds Rhinos Development Academy where students

We see Harvey stood up on a green sports field, addressing a large group of young people who are sat cross-legged on the ground in front of him. They’re all wearing various sports kit. In the next shot, we see the same group from the back, so Harvey is stood in front of them and we see that there are a number of other adults stood up with him too, like a team of coaches.

Harvey: can study alongside playing. What I really enjoy about my role now is that it’s it’s very varied,

Next is a shot of Harvey stood by himself on a field, throwing and catching a rugby ball, and on the second throw he spins it and catches it.

Harvey: it’s different day to day and different times, so I could be going into a school delivering

A low shot of a field, where we can only see Harvey’s legs and trainers as he runs past the camera. Next we see him in full-length, holding a rugby ball and running past the camera with a face of concentration – he reaches out towards the camera as if to block a tackle. Then he’s stood on a field with an imposing glass-fronted modern building behind him, spinning a rugby ball on one finger, the camera panning round him.

Harvey: Rugby League, inviting them to their local clubs and then bringing them to their local clubs and

We return to Harvey sat down, speaking directly to the camera.

Harvey: coaching them there as well. When I think back to when I was studying at Leeds City College as a

Now Harvey is stood in front of a semicircle of rugby players with his back to the camera. The players are wearing purple shirts and black shorts, one with his arms folded and some with their hands on their hips. Harvey is gesturing as he talks. The players move out of the semi-circle and one of them reaches over to shake Harvey’s hand, and once he moves off Harvey offers a thumbs-up to them.

We return to Harvey sat down, speaking directly to the camera.
Harvey: student, I was delivering practicals, planning events, planning sessions, working with a variety of ages and abilities, um and thinking about now – it’s what, it’s what I actually do now as my job –

Harvey is alone on the sports field, running past the camera with the rugby ball – he drops it down so that he can kick it. From behind, we see him take the kick over the goal.

Harvey: it’s all the skills that I’ve learned throughout the college,

We return to Harvey sat down, speaking directly to the camera.

Harvey: throughout them three years of studying, I’m actually using day to day, in my life as work.

Conor addresses the camera. He is sat down outside, in front of a wide building with orange panels. He is wearing a black t-shirt with a black bodywarmer over it, embroidered with a logo.

Conor: When I was 16 and I was enrolling in at Leeds City College,

He walks across a sports field in front of a modern looking glass-fronted building, with a square atrium jutting out on the top floor, with orange panelling around it.

Conor: I felt like there was a lot of pressure – I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do

Conor is now sat down in an office, looking over at a woman who is in front of a computer screen. Her hair is pulled back and she’s wearing large glasses and a black t-shirt. He says something inaudible to her and they both laugh.

Conor: and I actually ended up just copying my mates, what they were doing, from my high school.

The angle changes so we can now see the back of Conor’s head as he looks at a computer screen, and in the background we see two wall-mounted televisions playing football games. A man approaches his computer screen, smiling, and takes off a pass on a lanyard and hands it to Conor.

Conor: I knew that I wanted to be in sport and I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do though

We now see Conor from the front, as he takes the pass, scans it and now clicks on a mouse.

Conor: so I ended up just jumping on a course, which was sport, not knowing anything about it.

We return to Conor’s interview, sat in front of the orange building.

Conor: Looking back now it was the best decision I could have made,
Conor walks briskly across a patio and down some stairs, at the top of which is a signpost in purple. The building is long and low, with a small patch of grass in front of it.

Conor: it gave me the best opportunity to come and work in the sports facility.

He enters a large room with a swimming pool – the water and the far wall are a bright blue, and there are red, white and blue flags hung from the ceiling. He walks along the side of the pool.

Conor: I’ve never been an academic sort of guy, I’m more of a hands-on sort of person

We return to his interview.

Conor: and my tutors led me down the right path so I had more of a hands-on work placement and that’s when

Conor is walking along the side of the pool, this time with something in his hands – a long tube with a bottle at the end. He crouches down to the edge of the pool and inserts the bottle into the pool, presumably to test the water. He brings the bottle up out of the water, now filled.

Conor: I started my work placement at Leeds Beckett University.

We are now listening to Mia talking. Her interview takes place in a gym, with light grey walls and gym equipment suspended from the ceiling, straps and hoops used for bodyweight exercises. There are bright mulitcoloured strip lights suspended from the ceiling. Mia is wearing a grey tank top and wears her long blonde hair down. As she talks, the ceiling lights change colour.

Mia: Since qualifying from Leeds City College I’ve gone into personal training, so I’ve worked at Pure Gym, JD Gyms.

We see Mia lifting weights, holding a grey bar with red and black weights and lifting it up from the floor to above her head, and over her head to rest on her shoulders. She wears a confident, determined expression.

Mia: After about a year of working in a mainstream gym I decided I want to go on off on my own,

She now reaches up to a green handle on a pulley, pulling it down to her side – it looks like a ski machine.

Mia: to do my own online personal training, so I

Next is a close up of her grey Adidas trainers on a pedal as she cycles on a stationary bike

Mia: created my own brand Flexi Fitness. So the course at Leeds City College really helped with the basics of personal training,
The camera pans around the stationary bike and we see her feet and legs pedalling.

Mia: it goes quite in depth with anatomy, which helped a lot when thinking

Now we see her sat on the bike, lit up in the dark gym, and she wears the same calm, confident and determined expression as she cycles. She stands up on the pedals and leans her weight forwards.

Mia: about clients – when you first get someone that doesn’t know what they’re doing, um how the body works, etc,

As the camera wheels around her, we see her from the back on the bike, and in front of her are two other people also on stationary bikes, pedalling with exertion.

We return to Mia’s interview.

Mia: and when I went into personal training I managed to expand that knowledge into what I wanted to do specific to that client.

We now meet Jonny. He is sat in a white-walled office, and behind him on the wall are six large frames, each containing a piece of sportswear. One is a blue and yellow tank top, one tanktop is orange and white, and one is a blue sports jersey. Along the top row, only partially in frame, are three more jerseys – one grey, one blue, and one white with signatures on. Jonny wears a black t-shirt and bright blue lanyard, and has short curly brown hair. He talks quickly and authoritatively.

Jonny: Thinking about the course that I studied: multifaceted,

Next we see Jonny in a pale button-down shirt, leading a group of four people in dark blue sweatshirts through a white hallway, and he talks and laughs with the woman next to him as he walks.

Jonny: so we did various qualifications, NPRQ, Community Sports Leaders Awards, Fitness Awards, Health and Safety –

Jonny is now sat at a table in a conference room with a group of people, and he has a laptop open in front of them. Through the large glass windows of the conference room a sports field is visible. The camera pans further into the room and two more people become visible, again with a laptop open in front of them.

Jonny: so going into industry it was vital because you can drop straight in there and you’ve got different areas of knowledge that you can pull on,

A close up of Jonny in the boardroom, speaking to the man next to him

Jonny: to make sure that you can cover all aspects of the operation.

Next we see Jonny from behind, stood in a large sports hall – in the background we can see a large purple banner reading ‘Leeds Beckett’ with a white rose logo. He is talking to two women, both with their hair scraped into tall buns, one in a white t shirt and the other in black. He motions with his hand towards the back of the hall. Now a close up of the sleek grey laptop in Jonny’s hand.

Jonny: I’m forever grateful for the opportunity for the sports course I did because they give me a chance,

We return to Jonny’s interview and he talks animatedly with his hands.

Jonny: did Leeds City College, and it’s armed me with loads of different skills,

A shot of a man in a Leeds Beckett logo-ed t shirt, with collar-length hair and a beard, smiling and gesturing in front of a laptop. Now the camera moves to include Jonny and another man, smiling as they listen to the first man talking.

Jonny: not just say from a working day to day, it’s that it’s developed me as a person and gave me

Jonny leads a group of three people in sportswear down a red and white staircase as the woman next to him gestures as she talks.

We return to Jonny’s interview.

Jonny: like really good attributes – if I’d not done that course, I wouldn’t be sat in this chair today.

The video ends with a green screen emblazoned with the Leeds City College, School of Sports Science & Exercise logo.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for busy adult learners aged 19+ with other commitments. Delivery of the course is a 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.

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

Course units/modules

You will study ungraded study skills units such as:

  • Numeracy: 3 credits
  • Academic Skills: 3 credits
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities for Study in Higher Education: 3 credits
  • Personal Development and Learning Skills: 3 credits
  • Time management and organisation: 3 credits

In addition, you will study these specialist topics (Graded at pass, merit and distinction):

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems: 6 credits
  • Digestive system: 3 credits
  • Infection and Immunity: 6 credits
  • Immunopathology: 3 credits
  • Psychological perspectives: 6 credits
  • Research Methods: 3 credits
  • Conducting a psychology or health care project: 6 credits
  • Planning a psychology or health care project: 3 credits
  • Nervous and Musculoskeletal Systems: 6 credits
  • Reproductive System: 3 credits
  • The nervous system: Neurochemistry and the impact of drugs on behaviour (Evening or part time groups only): 3 credits
  • The nervous system: Studying the human brain (Evening or part time groups only): 3 credits
  • The nervous system: Understanding the brain and behaviour (Evening or part time groups only): 3 credits

Benefits and skills

The study skills units will help you to develop your academic writing, numeracy and research skills. Specialist modules biology 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.

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.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

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.

Assessment types

You will be assessed via range coursework including essays, exams, reports, academic posters, presentations and booklets.

Course details

Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: 09/09/24
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 79037-01
Fees (Adult): £3,384

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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