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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.

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 for Success

Unit 2

Preparing to Study

Unit 3

Academic Writing Skills

Unit 4

Preparing a Written Assignment

Unit 5

Cell Biology - ungraded

Unit 6

The History of the National Health Service

Unit 7

Human Nutrition & the Digestive System

Unit 8

The Role and Responsibilities of the Registered Nurse

Unit 9

Introduction to Psychology

Unit 10

Human Reproduction, Growth & Development

Unit 11

Approaches to Health

Unit 12

The Human Muscular and skeletal systems

Unit 13

Social Factors in Health and Social Care

Unit 14

The Brain and Nervous System (psychology)

Unit 15

The Human Endocrine and Nervous Systems

Unit 16

Inequalities in Health & Illness

Unit 17

Human Immunity

Unit 18

Poverty and Health

Unit 19

Study Skills Portfolio Building

Unit 20

Human Disease & Prevention

Unit 21

Equality & Diversity within Health Care

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:


  • 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


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.

For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email: info@fastforward.newcollege.ac.uk

  • Duration: 8-12 months
  • Venue: QD
  • Fee: £3,380
  • Course Code: BC8906
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