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Course Overview

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

Bursaries for Nursing students

Students progressing to university will now have access to new annual payments of at least £5,000 if they study eligible Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health courses. Best of all, they won’t need to be repaid! Find out more at healthcareers.nhs.uk/nursing-careers/annual-nursing-payments

Available Pathways

Access to Nursing

Nursing is a popular career choice if you love to help people. This qualification will give you the entry requirements and skills to go on to University to study for a full nursing degree before moving to employment within the sector. 

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Diagnosis and management of Physiological Disorders
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System

 

Access to Dental Hygiene

As a Dental Hygienist, you will work with a range of people within the community, including both adults and children. You will promote good oral health and will practice a range of treatments and procedures such as scaling teeth, polishing teeth and applying topical fluoride and fissure sealants. You could find yourself working for the NHS, as a specialist dental hygienist or in a private practice.

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs 
  • Biochemical Molecules
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System
  • Chemistry for Drugs and Medicine
  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Chemistry and Society

 

Access to Paramedicine

Preparing you to become a paramedic, whether you wish to study paramedic practice or paramedic science. Being a paramedic is highly-rewarding and you can make a difference to your community. You can do all this whilst still learning new things which can lead to multiple career pathways. Along with career opportunities within the NHS you could also work in the armed forces or HM Prison Service to name a few.

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Diagnosis and Management of Physiological Disorders
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System

 

Access to Mental Health Nursing

Units on this course have been selected to provide you with foundation knowledge in Psychology and Social Science which complement additional Biology components. This is a growing area of employment within the NHS and other leading employers such as the armed forces, mental health charities and education. You can choose whether you want to specialise in working with certain groups or within a specific area such as eating disorders, depression and anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Modules

  • Stress and Eating Disorders
  • Aggression
  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs
  • Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Strategies
  • Mental Health 
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Nervous Syste
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System

 

Access to Midwifery

The NHS is experiencing a shortage of Midwives and this course will give you the skills and knowledge needed to gain a degree and take your first steps into a Midwifery Career. From September 2020 all pre-registration midwifery students can receive funding support of between £5,000 and £8,000 per year, which you do not need to pay back. You are also still entitled to access funding for tuition and maintenance loans.

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Brain
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Diagnosis and Management of Physiological Disorders
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System

 

Access to Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists work with a range of patients and physical difficulties, where you will be responsible for planning appropriate treatment programmes based on a diagnosis. These patients can include those with sports injuries, stroke patients and those who are suffering from injury or disability. The specialist areas of physiotherapy include cardiovascular, neurology, neuromusculoskeletal, paediatrics and respiratory. 

Modules

  • Healthcare Communication
  • Biochemical Molecules
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Endocrine System
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Human Urinary System
  • Microbiology
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Nutrition and Digestion

 

Access to Radiography

There are two routes within radiography, Diagnostic and Therapeutic. Diagnostic Radiographer diagnoses illnesses and injuries and a Therapeutic Radiographer treat and care for people with cancer. Within Diagnostic Radiography you can choose to specialise in certain areas, such as ultrasound or trauma and emergency care.

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs
  • Microbiology
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Musculoskeletal 
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System
  • Medical Physics Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Radioactivity in Medicine

 

Access to Psychology

There are a variety of career paths you can take within Psychology, you can either study a Psychology Degree or you can choose a specialist Psychology degree. Either way you will develop a range of skills that open up many opportunities within the Science and Arts Sector. 

Modules

  • Child Development
  • Stress and Eating Disorders
  • Aggression
  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Brain
  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs
  • Key Aspects of Psychology
  • Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Strategies
  • Definition of Health
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Diagnosis and Management of Physiological Disorders

 

Access to Biomedical Science

The perfect beginning and one of the broadest areas of modern science that can lead to a range of research careers. Biomedical Scientists are at the heart of healthcare, from investigating disease to evaluating the effectiveness of treatments. 

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs
  • Biochemical Molecules
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System
  • Chemistry for Drugs and Medicine
  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Chemistry and Society

 

Access to Social Science

A Social Science Degree will give you a range of career options, you will develop a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge. You can help improve the lives of children and adults in societies around the world with your knowledge. 

Modules

  • Child Development
  • Stress and Eating Disorders
  • Aggression
  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs
  • Key Aspects of Psychology
  • Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Strategies
  • Definitions of Health
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Diagnoses and Management of Physiological Disorders

 

Access to Nutrition and Dietetics

Assess, Diagnose, Advice and treat diet-related and nutritional problems, after you have completed your degree you will have the knowledge to do all those things. This Access course provides the ground knowledge you need to be able to progress to the degree. You might find yourself working with the NHS, in the community, withing a Mental Health organisation or private clinics. 

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs
  • Biochemical Molecules
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System
  • Chemistry for Drugs and Medicine
  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Chemistry and Society

 

Access to Biology

Biology opens up many doors within Science related degrees and career opportunities. Typical employers for biology-related jobs include universities and clinical research organisations, pharmaceutical companies, national and global health charities, scientific and technical consultancies not to mention schools and colleges. 

Modules

  • Healthcare Communication
  • Biochemical Molecules
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Endocrine System
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Human Urinary System
  • Microbiology
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Nutrition and Digestion

 

Access to Social Work

See the impact you are having on improving people's lives. You will build relationships with individuals and families who are going through difficult times whilst maintaining a professional relationship. You could work in a range of settings with the opportunity to specialise in certain fields. 

Modules

  • Child Development
  • Stress and Eating Disorders
  • Aggression
  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs
  • Key Aspects of Psychology
  • Definitions of Health
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Diagnosis and Management of Physiological Disorders

 

Access to Occupational Therapy

Support people with physical, sensory or cognitive problems and help them to regain or learn independence. You will work with a range of people with different requirements so you will learn a host of knowledge that will give you the ability to create an effective treatment plan for each individual. 

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Diagnosis and Management of Physiological Disorders
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System

 

Access to Operating Department Practice

Support patients before, during and after surgery making you an important part of a larger working team. As well as applying for a student loan you may also be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund where you could receive £5,000 which you don't have to pay back.

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Healthcare and Communication
  • Diagnosis and Management of Physiologicl Disorders
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System

 

Access to Environmental Health

Use your scientific skills to develop implement and enforce health policies. This access course will give you the knowledge to advance to a degree programme and it is important to ensure you choose a university accredited by the Chartered Institue of Environment Health (CIEH) to continue your studies. 

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviours and Drugs
  • Biochemical Molecules
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System
  • Chemistry for Drugs and Medicine
  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Chemistry and Society 

 

Access to Speech Therapy

This is a specialist line of work where you can deal with a diverse client group. As well as speech, language and communication problems you may also work with people facing difficulties swallowing, drinking or eating. 

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Healthcare and Communication
  • Diagnosis and Management of Physiological Disorders
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Genetic Inheristance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System

 

Access to Chiropractic Care

Use physical manipulation, massage and rehabilitative exercises to treat patients and improve the quality of individuals lives. Using natural techniques you will encourage the body's healing process. 

Modules

  • Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain
  • Healthcare and Communication
  • Diagnosis and Management of Physiological Disorders
  • Non-Infectious Disease
  • Endocrine System
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Human Sex and Reproduction
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Human Urinary System

Please note that the Academic Content can be tailored to suit your progression pathway.  Please contact our Advice and Guidance team, or a member of our specialist staff for more information.

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. 

To apply you must have already achieved a Level 2 or above in English and maths, producing certificates/evidence of this at interview.

It is expected that you will have experience of, and currently be working in (paid or voluntary), a professional care environment. Universities will expect candidates to have relevant care experience upon application.

Access courses have an excellent track record for progression. Many students choose to continue their HE studies in subjects such as BSc Nursing, BSc Midwifery, BSc Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, BSc Nutrition, BSc Occupational Therapy, BSC Paramedic Science, BSc Operating Department Practitioner, BSc Physiotherapy, BSc Biomedical Science,  BSc Radiography, BSc Psychology and BSc Speech and Language Therapy.

There are excellent progression routes offered at universities, both locally and  further afield. Many of our Access students have opted for Degrees in Nursing, or Psychology with Criminology at Southampton Solent, and Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Southampton.  Nursing, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science at Bournemouth University are also a popular progression choices.

Some students undertake employment in their chosen field to consolidate their experience before they progress on to university.

Awarding Body:
Skills & Education Group (CERTA)

Curriculum Area:
Science, Care, Health and Foundation - Science, Health and Humanities

Course Options

Wed 4th September 2024

Attendance

Online

Duration

1 Years

Location

Bournemouth Campus

Adult Fee

3384.00

Adult Fee with Concession

3384.00

*Advanced learner loan available

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