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Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals) Distance Learning

Course Summary

The Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals) is one of our most popular courses. This is because the health care sector offers a diverse range of challenging and exciting career paths for students to choose from. This qualification’s universal content allows students the flexibility to decide which speciality they want to pursue after they finish the diploma.

This Access to HE Diploma has been created as an alternative to more traditional qualifications. In the UK, many universities are happy to accept applications from students who hold, or are studying towards, this kind of qualification. Most health related degree programmes will also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE English and maths.

As this is a distance learning course, it is perfect for learners who have been out of education for an extended period and have other time constraints. What’s more is that our students can begin working on their course from the moment of enrolment; whether that is in September or at any other point during the year.


After successfully completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you’ll have a good understanding of the healthcare sector and therefore be eligible to apply to a number of health related undergraduate courses. Once you have chosen and completed your degree programme, you will be ready to begin your chosen career. Many health graduates go on to work in the NHS or even private practice. Careers open to health graduates include:

  • Nursing

  • Midwifery

  • Exercise Science and Rehabilitation,

  • Nutrition,

  • Occupational Therapy,

  • Diploma/Operating Department Practitioner,

  • Physiotherapy,

  • Radiography,

  • Psychology

  • Speech and Language Therapy.

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Preparing to study

  • Unit 2: Academic writing skills

  • Unit 3: Preparing a written assignment

  • Unit 4: Cell biology

  • Unit 5: The history of the National Health Service

  • Unit 6: Human nutrition & the digestive system

  • Unit 7: Social factors in health and social care

  • Unit 8: Introduction to psychology

  • Unit 9: The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals

  • Unit 10: The human endocrine & nervous system

  • Unit 11: Inequalities in health & illness

  • Unit 12: The human muscular & skeletal system

  • Unit 13: Approaches to health

  • Unit 14: The brain & nervous system (psychology)

  • Unit 15: Human disease & prevention

  • Unit 16: Poverty & health

  • Unit 17: Human immunity

  • Unit 18: Human reproduction, growth & development

  • Unit 19: Equality and diversity within healthcare

Timings and Assessments

  • Approximately 8 - 12 months.

  • Start anytime

  • 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

  • £3,380

  • You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £26,575. Please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

  • 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

  • Students looking to take a degree in nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses will benefit from additional help with living costs from a re-introduced bursary scheme from September 2020.

    Students will receive a guaranteed £5000 per year (with a further £3000 per year available for eligible students).

    The funding will not have to be repaid by recipients. Students will also be able to continue to access funding for tuition and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company. Click here for more information.

  • For more information on how to finance your University fees click here.


Due to the high level of applications we are receiving at the moment, it may take longer than normal to respond to your enquiry or application. Please bear with us and we will contact you as soon as we possibly can.

  • Day and Time: Email: fastforward@newcollege.ac.uk
  • Duration: 8-12 months
  • Venue: QD
  • Fee: £3,380
  • Course Code: BC8858
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