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Access to Higher Education Diploma - Healthcare Professions (Daytime)

Designed especially for mature students who have had a break from their studies (of 1 year or more), an Access to Higher Education Diploma will enable you to bridge the gap between your current qualifications and a degree-level course or develop the skills and knowledge for a new career.


A related degree offering progression into professions such as nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, occupational therapy, radiography, physiotherapy and other health professions.

Entry Requirements

  • Aged 19 or over

  • Had at least a one year break from education

  • Either GCSE Maths or GCSE English Language at grades A*-C (or grade 9-4)

Course Content

This Access Diploma = 60 credits (45 graded and 15 ungraded).

Level 3 academic graded subjects:


Taking this course will prepare you for all health related careers. Its focus is on the structure, development and control of the human body. Units include: Nutrition, Digestion and Diet, Human Health and Disease, Cells and Molecular Biology and Contemporary Issues.


The overall theme of this subject is understanding human behaviour. Units include: Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Atypical Psychology.


Sociology is the study of society from a variety of different theoretical perspectives. You will study families and households - roles, relationships and recent changes. Other Units include the Sociology of Health, Crime and Deviance, Education and Poverty and Welfare.

Mandatory ungraded subjects

Study Skills & Basic IT

All students must attend a Study Skills class for one hour a week; this is normally followed by your Tutor Hour and you will have the same tutor for both.

Basic IT will allow you to update your computer skills while adding credit towards the Access Diploma. All units in this section are compulsory.


Monday 9am-2.30pm

Plus two or three other days depending on subject choices (Usually finish before 2pm)

Costs and Resources

Paying for your Access Diploma with the Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are for people aged 19 or over who want to complete a qualification course at level 3, 4, 5 or 6 (Including the Access to Higher Education Diploma). Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

You can apply for a loan from June 2020 to pay your tuition fees for courses starting from August 1st 2020. You will pay nothing back until you have finished your course and are earning over £26,575 per year.

Get your Access Diploma for free if you go on to complete a higher education course!* - 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 don’t have to repay it.

* The higher education course must be eligible for student finance.

Additional help with living costs

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.

Contact information:

Email: alison.boam@newcollege.ac.uk Phone: 01793 732826

How to apply

  1. Complete an application form Apply online

  2. Apply by Post

Return postal form to:

Alison Boam

New College Swindon New College Drive Swindon

Wilts SN3 1AH

Hand in an application form at the New College reception

Hard copies of the application form can be picked up from the New College reception or you can request a form using the contact details above.

  • Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Day and Time: Email: access@newcollege.ac.uk
  • Time: 9am-2.30pm
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Venue: QD
  • Fee: £3,200
  • Course Code: DAC550Fb
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