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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing & Health Science - Level 3

Available for applications

More information about this Course

Useful Information
  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Awarding/validation body:

    OCN London

Course Overview

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students, without traditional Level 3 qualifications, to apply for degree courses and enter university. If you want to study Nursing at university then the Access to HE Diploma in Health and Human Sciences may also be suitable. At Croydon College we offer a nursing or midwifery pathway with this Diploma, where you will take the units required to meet the entry requirements for a nursing degree. This Diploma is suitable for those who have been out of full-time education for some time and aiming to join university or higher education courses. This qualification requires a maturity of approach and a high level of commitment. In addition, applicants need a successful interview and screening and must have sufficient time to devote to their studies.

This is a qualification designed for adults with an interest in:




Occupational Therapy

Dietetics and Nutrition

Biomedical Sciences


Sports Science

Speech and Language Therapy



Change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities

Access to University is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance, 100%, throughout the course. Good English and Maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects therefore, Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.


Course Highlights

We offer fantastic extra-curricular activities:

Macmillan fund raising 

Walking for health at Macmillan Resource Centre at Croydon University Hospital

Many more volunteering opportunities to support your Personal Statement.

There is also excellent progression to universities. The course will help you to develop the essential academic skills of critical thinking, evaluation and analysis. All of which will prepare you for independent study at university.


Career Opportunities & Further Study

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Health and Human Sciences.

These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study:




Occupational Therapy

Dietetics and Nutrition

Biomedical Sciences


Sports Science

Speech and Language Therapy



In addition, internal progression to:

Foundation Degree in Public Health and Social care degree at the Croydon’s University Centre

BSc in Adult Nursing (Roehampton University) – Croydon University Centre and the University of Roehampton have formed a partnership.


The core subjects for Access to Higher Education Diploma:

Study skills

Human biology

Nursing studies



Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods:

Formal reports


Written assessments

In-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions


Case studies 

Reflective statements


Entry Requirements

Proficiency in written and spoken English needs to be demonstrated:

GCSEs – grades A* – C / 9 – 4 

Functional Skills Level 2 

Recognised non-UK GCSE equivalencies in English and Maths preferred

However, each application will be considered on an individual basis. Selection is by:


Initial screening 

Literacy and Numeracy tests

We will invite you to a Meet the Tutor event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs or Functional Skills (Level 2) as part of their entry criteria please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.

Financial eligibility:

You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria. Check if you’re eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan by contacting Student Finance England.

Repaying your loan:

Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.

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