Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Science

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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. This course is validated by Gateway.

Course Information

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


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.

Units / Modules

You will study mandatory units such as:

  • Academic Skills for Access to HE: 6 credits
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities for HE: 3 credits
  • Personal Development and Learning Skills: 3 credits
  • Numeracy: 3 credits

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

  • Human Biology: 9 credits
  • Human Physiology: 9 credits
  • Immunopathology: 9 credits
  • Psychology: 9 credits
  • Psychology/Health Care Project: 9 Credits

Benefits / 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.

Assessment Types

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

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

Start Date


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Course Fee (Adult)

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

Course Facts


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.

Extra Curriculum

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

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