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Access to Higher Education: Health Science

Programme Description



The Access to Higher Education Diploma, by virtue of its name, is a stepping stone towards applying for a place in University. The Level 3 qualification prepares learners for study at university and is offered as a full-time course.

The qualification gives you the relevant academic subject knowledge needed for higher education and the opportunity to develop study skills required to succeed. It is a well-established and widely accepted course, which qualifies for UCAS tariff points comparable to three A levels.


Programme Features



The AHE diploma is a full-time intensive class-based course which requires focus and commitment to complete. Learning advisers are available in college to assist tutors with development of your academic skills and subject knowledge. 

As part of the course you will be able to experience open days, taster days and practical sessions in university and relevant local organisations to help you decide which degree to apply for. The AHE diploma is taught by highly qualified staff with significant and relevant professional experience that make use of industry links to reinforce learning in the classroom.


Progression & Employment



Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Nursing. Some learners use the course as a learning platform towards gaining skills and knowledge for local employment, however over 90% have applied and been offered conditional places for the following degrees:

Health Degrees:

Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health, Learning Needs, etc), Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Health, Speech therapy, Osteopathy, Dental Therapy & Hygiene, Dental technologies, Radiography, Dietetics, Cardiac physiology & Audiology 

Other degrees

 Sports & Exercise science, Criminology, Psychology, Youth & Social Inclusion, Health studies, Social work, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Ecology, Child Development & Teaching


Programme Content



Learners will be taught a range of subjects within health sciences, such as chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, psychology and health care related subjects. Core units will focus on numeracy, communication skills and oral presentation skills.


Programme Assessment



A variety of assessment methods are used to assess how you progress on the course: these may be extended essay writing, laboratory experiments, closed book time constrained tasks, discussions, presentations and peer reviews.


Programme Entry Requirements



This is a course for adult learners returning to education with significant life experience (employment, personal and family responsibilities) since leaving school. 

Whilst a GCSE grade A* to C in English or Welsh (1st language), Maths and Science is preferable, entry to this course is possible via completion of L2 Pre-Access in Health. There will be opportunities to resit GCSEs if required. Applicants should look at the requirements of their preferred university courses as offers are rarely made to those without GCSEs in Maths or Science.

Applicants are encouraged to have relevant work employment or experience prior to starting the course. The average AHE diploma learner is a mature learner looking for career progression or career change, needing A-level equivalent qualifications or evidence of recent learning as entry requirements to degree study.


Additional Costs



All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits