Nursing

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Aim Awards

Qualifications on offer: Access to Higher Education Diploma

Summary of course

This is a Full Level 3 programme (i.e. at the same level as A Levels, NVQ Level 3 or a BTEC Extended Diploma). It is the most popular route of entry into Higher Education for adults. There are class based sessions, tutorials and independent study and research. You will build a personal portfolio of your completed assignments as you progress through the course.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  1. Human Biology Biochemistry - 3 credits graded Regulation and Control - 6 credits graded Genetics - 3 credits graded Human Respiratory and Cardiac Systems - 6 credits graded Infectious Diseases - 3 credits graded Nutrition and Digestion - 3 credits graded Reproduction - 3 credits graded Skeleton and Muscles - 3 credits graded
  2. Health Studies Nutrition & Lifestyle - 3 credits graded
  3. Psychology Psychopathology - 3 credits graded Behaviourism - 3 credits graded Treatment and Therapies - 3 credits graded
  4. Sociology Inequalities in Health and Social Care - 3 credits graded
  5. Study Skills Research and Referencing - 3 credits ungraded IT for Academic Study - 3 credits ungraded
  6. Maths/Tutorial Mathematics in a health and care context

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

The course is organised into units. All units are compulsory.

Credits will be awarded for the successful completion of the coursework and timed assignments for each unit.

Sixty credits are available on the course and all are required for the Access Diploma.

Most units are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have been out of education for at least one year, aiming to go on to university to study for a Degree or equivalent and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in the health professions.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Nursing, midwifery, paramedic, other health professionals.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Maths and English GCSEs at 4/5 (C) or above are essential. Access students should be adults (19+) returning to study with the aim of going on to university after the Access course.

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment, proof of your GCSE grades and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Students aged over 19 years old - may be eligible to apply for a 19+ loan to fund your course fees - please refer to our student enrolment team for more details.

Help may be available from the Student Bursary Fund towards costs of childcare, books and materials. Please contact the Student Support Team on 01604 734066 for more details.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

19 years or over

    • Level 1 cours:* Examination/registration fees^1
    • Level 2 cours:* Examination/registration fees^1
    • Second Full Level 3 corse:* You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
    • Level 4 cours:* Loans may be available^2
    • All Levls:* Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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