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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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.

Entry Requirements for new students

GCSE English and Maths at C / 4 or above.

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


Course fee information

Lynzey Chapman

Lynzey Chapman

Mother of four Lynzey Chapman, 39 from Briar Hill accessed the Advanced Learner Loan while studying the Access to Health Professions course at Northampton College. Lynzey said: “For me the Advanced...

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