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Health and Social Care

Access to Higher Education in Nursing and Healthcare Professions

Full Time

Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who have some vocational experience but do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

Attendance at college will be four days a week between 9.30 and 3.30.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

The curriculum is structured so that core units are delivered together with the cohorts of the other Access courses in the college. There are weekly tutorials where one to ones take place and you set your own targets for the development of specific skills and knowledge, including completion of the UCAS process.

All resources, assignments are available on the Google Classrooms for your use and specific resources for eLearning sessions are updated weekly

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of subjects including:

  • Reading academic literature
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Applied science
  • Psychology applied to health
  • Health culture
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Independent project and dissemination.

Entry Requirement

You should have a minimum of GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above, or completed our Progression to Access course.


There will be numerous assignment tasks and short tests throughout the course and no end of course examinations. 

You will be expected to meet all deadlines for assignment submission unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Where does this course lead to

This course will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to progress on to higher education in order to pursue a career in health including Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy or Podiatry.

The majority of students progress into higher education courses, for example BA Degrees, Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas within a wide range of health care disciplines. In order to progress into health-related professions at higher education level it would be advisable for students to undertake relevant work experience in their own time.

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Course Outline

Course Code: PF17
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 07/09/2020
Duration: 1 Year
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