Access to Higher Education - (Science) Medicine and Healthcare Professions (Distance Learning)

Online/Distance Learning 19+ Learner Loan available

Access to HE (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Distance Learning

Level 3

Length: 8 - 12 months

Campus: Online Course

About the course

If you didn’t choose science-based A-levels, or didn’t take A-levels at all, you may be under the impression that a career in healthcare or allied health is simply out of the question. However, thanks to the Access to HE Diploma (Science), this is no longer the case.

The course – and the degree you’ll be eligible to study after – will provide you with a diverse range of knowledge and skills that will be invaluable wherever your career takes you.

Life is unpredictable, and circumstances change, which is why you may not want to wait until September to enrol on an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science). If you want to study you can start right away, or at another time that is convenient for you. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiographer) has been specifically designed to suit people who have been out of the formal education system for a while. Because there are no classes to attend, individuals with family and work commitments can still fulfil their career ambitions by fitting their studies around their schedule. On average student take between 8-12 months to finish their diploma (with the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma being 2 years).

Course content

Unit TitleCredits
Preparing for Success0
Preparing to Study3
Academic Writing Skills3
Preparing a Written Assignment3
Cell Biology6
Atomic Structure3
Cell Division and Heredity3
Electromagnetic Spectrum3
Periodic Table3
Cell Metabolism3
Atomic Structure and Bonding3
Human Immunity3
Medical Physics3
The Human Endocrine and Nervous Systems6
Study Skills Portfolio Building0
Chemical Change3
Optics and Sound3

Entry requirements

  • You must be 19 years old

  • You must have a Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, or GCSE/O’Levels grade C/4 and above.

  • 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.

Where next?

After completing your Access to HE Diploma (Science), you should be geared up and ready to tackle university level study. Those who possess this qualification will be able to apply for a whole range of healthcare related degrees. We do advise that you check with your preferred universities to ensure that you are aware of the entry requirements for your chosen degree. If you do go on to successfully complete a university degree, you will have a number or career opportunities on your doorstep. These could include:

  • Pharmacy

  • Medicine

  • Optometry

  • Radiography


  • Employment within the NHS, a private hospital, or working overseas, or University progression.

What additional resources will I need?

  • No additional resources are required.

Fees information

  • £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 £27,295. 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.


  • For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email:

  • Start date Anytime

  • Course Code FF2604P