This pathway is suitable for students wishing to move on to Health related Higher Education courses including degrees in Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedics, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. This course is suitable for career enhancement or university entrance on a wide variety of courses.
Many of our students are returning to studying from a break in education and so the first part of the course provides the foundation for developing studying skills and writing for academic purposes. Students are supported through the UCAS application process providing a smooth transition to university.
This course is aimed at students aged 19 and over.
Candidates are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade Grade A* - C. Students will be asked to provide original copies of these qualifications at interview. You will not be able to start the course without evidence of your qualifications.
GCSE Science (Biology) is desirable as many university courses related to health now require this although it is not essential for the Access course. It is essential that candidates check the entry requirements for progression to university.
The interview process includes a short group presentation by the Course Leader which provides an overview of the course content and gives the opportunity for questions about the course. Candidates will be asked to complete a short English test. The interviews should take approximately 1 hour to complete.
You will need to have health related experience before you start the Access course. This can be voluntary or paid and within a hospital or community setting.
You should bring evidence of your qualifications with you to interview as well as a reference from a previous employer.
Students will need to purchase books, files, plastic envelopes and stationery. Details of what is
needed will be explained at the first session.
Funding & Financial Support
19-23 year olds
- If you do not already have a full qualification at Level 3 or above and you have fewer than 2 A Levels, you may not have to pay fees. Your eligibility for this funding is normally assessed at time of enrolment.
- If you are not eligible for the above, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan (described below)
Advanced Learner Finance
- If you are not eligible for the above fee remission or you are age 24+, you can apply to the Government for an Advanced Learner Loan, whereby the Government will pay your fee and if your future salary is over £21,000 a year, you will start to repay it gradually. Your loan can be written off if you go on to complete a degree after this course. See our Advanced Learner Loan page
Income under £40,000
- If your household income is below £40,000 per year, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for help with your expenses during your course (travel, books, childcare etc). See our Financial Support page.