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  • Is this course for you?

    Have you always wanted to work within the Health & Social Care sector? Been out of education for a while and considering going to University but lack the relevant qualifications! The Access to Higher Education qualification will support both the development of skills required in preparing to study at HE as well as developing subject knowledge.

    The Access to HE Diploma ( Health Professionals) course at South Staffordshire College is a one year full-time programme (35 weeks), delivered across three full days. You may also be required to study Maths or English in addition to the Access course which will add additional time to your timetable.

    Many of our students progress from the course to continue their studies at University. Typical progression routes include Adult Nursing, Midwifery, Children’s Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, ODP, Speech and Language Therapy, and many other related health care vocations. Students may also progress into subject degrees for example Biology and Psychology.

    It is expected that you also spend at least 10 hours of private study outside of college hours as the course content is intense over a 35 week period. Depending on age and previous qualifications an advanced learner loan may need to be taken out in order to fund the course but as long as you complete the course and go to University the fees are waivered on university entry meaning that this course could cost you nothing.

  • Required qualifications

    You will need to have previously achieved at least one GCSE grade C /4 or above in English language or maths, with a minimum of a grade D/3 in the other subject.

    Functional skills qualifications at Level 2 will be taken into consideration if you only have one of the required GCSE’s at grade C or above.

    If you are entering the course with a GCSE grade D or a Functional Skills qualification you must be prepared to study the other alongside the Access course.

    You will need to possess the necessary motivation and determination to succeed on an intensive programme and must be prepared to gain relevant vocational experience.

  • What skills will I develop?

    There are four modules within the programme, all of which must be completed and achieved in order to achieve the qualification.

    These are;

    • Biological Science – a comprehensive overview of the organ systems of the body as well cell biology, human disease and prevention
    • Health Studies – equality and diversity, history of the NHS, health promotion
    • Psychology – stress, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology
    • Skills for Learning – progressing to HE, seminar and English language skills

    As well as the knowledge gained from studying these subjects you will develop many academic skills, such as writing and referencing, critical thinking and research skills, as well as time management, reflective skills and many more, all of which are crucial for progressing to university.

  • Careers

    After completion of the Access to HE course most of our students will go onto study in Higher Education. Examples include Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, ODP, Speech and language therapy, Psychology, Biology, and many more.

    If you are looking to go into a career as a health professional in nursing, midwifery, paramedics, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy then the Access to HE course is a great way to start that journey. #CreateYourCareer.

  • Work experience

    To support progression to university relevant vocational experience is highly recommended. This can be your paid employment or voluntary. This helps to demonstrate your understanding of the current issues within the sector and the necessary skills.

  • English and maths

    English and maths are an integral part of the programme and will be embedded within all subject areas so that your skills in these areas are continued whilst on the course. There is also a topic called English language skills where you will demonstrate your ongoing skills development over the course of the academic year.

  • Is this course for you?

    Have you always wanted to work within the Health & Social Care sector? Been out of education for a while and considering going to University but lack the relevant qualifications! The Access to Higher Education qualification will support both the development of skills required in preparing to study at HE as well as developing subject knowledge.

    The Access to HE Diploma ( Health Professionals) course at South Staffordshire College is a one year full-time programme (35 weeks), delivered across three full days. You may also be required to study Maths or English in addition to the Access course which will add additional time to your timetable.

    Many of our students progress from the course to continue their studies at University. Typical progression routes include Adult Nursing, Midwifery, Children’s Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, ODP, Speech and Language Therapy, and many other related health care vocations. Students may also progress into subject degrees for example Biology and Psychology.

    It is expected that you also spend at least 10 hours of private study outside of college hours as the course content is intense over a 35 week period. Depending on age and previous qualifications an advanced learner loan may need to be taken out in order to fund the course but as long as you complete the course and go to University the fees are waivered on university entry meaning that this course could cost you nothing.

  • Required qualifications

    You will need to have previously achieved at least one GCSE grade C /4 or above in English language or maths, with a minimum of a grade D/3 in the other subject.

    Functional skills qualifications at Level 2 will be taken into consideration if you only have one of the required GCSE’s at grade C or above.

    If you are entering the course with a GCSE grade D or a Functional Skills qualification you must be prepared to study the other alongside the Access course.

    You will need to possess the necessary motivation and determination to succeed on an intensive programme and must be prepared to gain relevant vocational experience.

  • What skills will I develop?

    There are four modules within the programme, all of which must be completed and achieved in order to achieve the qualification.

    These are;

    • Biological Science – a comprehensive overview of the organ systems of the body as well cell biology, human disease and prevention
    • Health Studies – equality and diversity, history of the NHS, health promotion
    • Psychology – stress, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology
    • Skills for Learning – progressing to HE, seminar and English language skills

    As well as the knowledge gained from studying these subjects you will develop many academic skills, such as writing and referencing, critical thinking and research skills, as well as time management, reflective skills and many more, all of which are crucial for progressing to university.

  • Careers

    After completion of the Access to HE course most of our students will go onto study in Higher Education. Examples include Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, ODP, Speech and language therapy, Psychology, Biology, and many more.

    If you are looking to go into a career as a health professional in nursing, midwifery, paramedics, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy then the Access to HE course is a great way to start that journey. #CreateYourCareer.

  • Work experience

    To support progression to university relevant vocational experience is highly recommended. This can be your paid employment or voluntary. This helps to demonstrate your understanding of the current issues within the sector and the necessary skills.

  • English and maths

    English and maths are an integral part of the programme and will be embedded within all subject areas so that your skills in these areas are continued whilst on the course. There is also a topic called English language skills where you will demonstrate your ongoing skills development over the course of the academic year.

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  • Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals)

    Code: QCF3ASH

    Cost: £6768

    Start Date: 5th September 2022

    Full Time: 35 Week(s)

  • Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals)

    Code: QTF3ASH

    Cost: £6768

    Start Date: 5th September 2022

    Full Time: 34 Week(s)