Access to HE Health Professions - Midwifery, Nursing and Health Professions

1 Year, Full Time

September 2014 Approximately 16 hours per week + 10-15 hours private study time per week

The Course

In brief ...

This is a popular nationally recognised Access to HE  course designed for students who are planning to continue with their career related studies in Health and Social Care, Nursing, Midwifery, the Allied Health Professions or Social Work. We work in close partnership with  local universities and many students use this Access to HE course as a route into a full degree

What the Course Leads to

What courses can I do after this?

This course has an excellent track record for progression. Many students choose to continue their HE studies in subjects such as BSc Nursing, BSc  Midwifery, BA Community Development, BSc Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, BSc Nutrition,  BSc Occupational Therapy, Diploma/BSc Operating Department Practitioner, BSc Physiotherapy, BSC Radiography, BSc Psychology, BA Social Work and BSc Speech and Language Therapy.

There are excellent progression routes offered at universities, both locally and  further a field. Many of our Access students have opted for Degrees in Psychology with Criminology at Southampton Solent, and Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Social Work, Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Southampton.  Midwifery at Bournemouth University is also a popular progression choice.

There are progression routes on offer here at  The Bournemouth & Poole College, such as HND Applied Biological Science and other Foundtion Degrees.  Some students undertake employment in their chosen field to consolidate their experience before they progress on to university.

What jobs can I get

The College's extensive facilities include excellent resource centres offering access to the Internet, CDs, videos, audio visual packages and CD Rom, as well as a stock of over 75,000 books and periodicals. Study areas/quiet rooms are available and there is also an area dedicated to careers reference material.

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have ...

Applicants should have experience of care work before commencing the course. Adults enrolling on an Access to HE course have made a conscious decision to return to education, bringing a commitment and wider life experience to their studies.  Our Access course is designed to reflect this with applicants demonstrating clear commitment, maturity and motivation. The course is intended for adults who do not have traditional sixth-form or vocational qualifications, allowing them to prepare for and gain entry to degrees and other Higher Education programmes.

Learners are admitted to the programme by application form and formal interview, with a further guidance interview where appropriate. Where necessary, evidence of your determination to succeed may be requested. 

Applicants must be able to work at level 2 or above for  literacy and numeracy, producing certificates/evidence of this at interview.

For those with English as a second or other language, either IELTS 5.5 or successful completion of The College language assessment is required.

We will offer you the opportunity to check your level in these subjects prior to/at interview and support you in identifying how you can improve these skills if necessary.


What about work experience?

You will produce a portfolio of work relating to both your compulsory units and your specialist units.  There will be some tested elements to the course in order to practise exam technique.

To achieve an Access to HE Diploma you will need to pass a minimum of 60 credits with 45 credits in Academic Content and 15 credits in Academic Preparation skills.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS (Academic) 5.5 or equivalent that is approved by the Home Office which is available at

Course costs


 Fees:         Age 19 - 23 (at start of course)  £1,200          Age 24 + (at start of course)   £3,384*
(see Additional information for funding options)

* Please note that the fees for the Social Work pathway   Age 24 + (at start of course)   £3,022

More Information

More about the course


This course is taught at North Road, Poole

The College Helpline: 01202 205205
Access Co-ordinator: 01202 205227

Fees:         Age 19 - 23 (at start of course)  £1,200          Age 24 + (at start of course)   £3,384*

* Please note that the fees for the Social Work pathway   Age 24 + (at start of course)   £3,022

Depending on your age and circumstances you may be entitled to receive significent financial help and/or benefits, and in some cases you may be able to attend the course at no cost to you.

Are you aged between 19 and 23?:     Any student who does not have a full level 3 qualification (such as A levels) and is aged 19 - 23 is eligble for support to reduce their fees.  The amount will vary according to individual circumstances, so please contact us on 01202 205205 for help.  If you have an A level or similar qualification, please talk to the Adult Guidance Team as other courses may be more suitable for you.

Are you aged 24 or over?:      Students aged 24 or over that enrol on an Access to HE Diploma will normally be eligible to receive a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. This is a new loan facility that is administered and issued on behalf of the government by the Student Loan Company. It means you don't need to make any payments up front and you won't need to make any repayments until your earnings are over £21,000 a year.

If you take out a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of your Access to HE Diploma and then progress to sucessfully complete your degree the Government will write off the loan that covered your Access course. This means you could study an Access to HE Diploma for free.

There is an online guide that explains qualification levels. You can find it at:


1 Year
Full Time
Start Day/Time

September 2014 Approximately 16 hours per week + 10-15 hours private study time per week

Level 3
Qualification Name
Access to Higher Education Diploma
Awarding Body
apt awards

Course Content

Course content

Subjects studied may include:

Midwifery, Nursing and Health Professions

  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Placement related and Academic Preparation skills

Please note that the Academic Content is still to be confirmed.  Please contact our Advice and Guidance team, or a member of our specialist staf for more information.

This is a very popular course and early application is advised.