Access to Higher Education Diploma - Nursing (Distance Learning)
Level 3 Course Summary
Nursing is a fast-paced and challenging profession that combines communication skills with medical care. Are you looking for a rewarding new role, but don’t have the qualifications needed to take your training to the next level? The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) offers a flexible alternative to students who missed out on the traditional route to university.
This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) will increase your understanding of biological science, psychology and sociology and you’ll also explore topics including the history of the NHS and contemporary health issues. Consider the varied responsibilities of a nurse and find out where a career change could take you.
This programme is designed to support your progression to a nursing degree with dedicated units that will update your academic abilities, develop your confidence to research independently and write assignments.
During your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing), you can apply to continue your nursing studies at university level. Opportunities for future employment include working for the NHS, a private hospital, a residential home or a school. You may choose to specialise and take on a role caring for adults, children, people with learning disabilities or mental health patients.
As you advance in your career, there’s potential to be promoted to become a nursing sister, nursing consultant or team leader. Alternatively, going on to gain a master’s degree will equip you to work as an advanced nurse practitioner.
You must be 19 years old
You must have a Level 2 in Maths and English
Have access to IT and WIFI
Distance Learning isn’t for everyone. If we feel that this mode of study may not be quite right for you, we will help you to find the one that is.
|Preparing for Success|
|Preparing to Study|
|Academic Writing Skills|
|Preparing a Written Assignment|
|Cell Biology - ungraded|
|The History of the National Health Service|
|Human Nutrition & the Digestive System|
|The Role and Responsibilities of the Registered Nurse|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Human Reproduction, Growth & Development|
|Approaches to Health|
|The Human Muscular and skeletal systems|
|Social Factors in Health and Social Care|
|The Brain and Nervous System (psychology)|
|The Human Endocrine and Nervous Systems|
|Inequalities in Health & Illness|
|Poverty and Health|
|Study Skills Portfolio Building|
|Human Disease & Prevention|
|Equality & Diversity within Health Care|
Timings and Assessments
Approximately 6 - 12 months.
The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, which is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In order to pass the qualification, all assignments should be completed and returned to one of our tutors. Once a tutor has given you a grade and supplied you with useful feedback, you are free to move on to your next piece of work and so on. Once you have all of your marks, New College will have all the evidence needed to award you with qualification credits. In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve 60 credits in total. Of these credits, 45 are taken from graded units which focus on academic subject content. The other 15 credits are drawn from a number of ungraded units which are included to help you to improve your academic study skills.
Costs and Resources
You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £25K. Please follow this link:
For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email: FastForward@newcollege.ac.u