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Qualification name Access to Higher Education Diploma: (Health Professionals)
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Open College Network West Midlands Region
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Part-time
Course start date 13th September 2021
Cost £0.00
Cost description Please contact us for more information on fees
Attendance pattern Evening

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are full Level 3 national qualifications accepted as a standard entry qualification by Higher Education (HE) providers in England and Wales. Each year over 40,000 learners in the UK register on Access to HE Diplomas and most go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers. The 'Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals)' provides the opportunity to apply for a degree across a range of health-related areas including nursing, midwifery, paramedic etc. The course is designed to prepare learners without formal educational backgrounds for academic work and university life. In addition to academic content, study skills and IT skills are supported and developed. The course starts in September for the duration of one academic year and is organised to allow students to fit their study around their home, family and work commitments (9.30am - 3.00pm). You will be expected to attend all teaching sessions for approximately 10-12 hours in college over 2-3 days a week. Please note that you will need to supplement this by studying in your own time. Sessions will be delivered in well-equipped traditional classroom/laboratory settings; you will also be required to access on-line material. Access to HE Courses are eligible for Advanced Learner Loans - Loan eligibility doesn't depend on your income and there are no credit checks. - If you complete your Access to HE course and subsequent degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. More information on paying for your Access to HE Diploma is available at

Ideally, applicants should have a GCSE at Grade C (4) or above in both English and Maths. However, we will consider applications from those who have and a Grade D (5) in either Maths or English - please note where this is the case the relevant GCSE must be studied alongside the Access to HE Diploma (evening class). On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) covers a range of topics: Health Studies (such as Approaches to Health and Health Promotion); Biological Science (such as Anatomy, Body Systems); Psychology (such as Developmental Psychology); Sociology (such as the Sociology of Heath and the Sociology of the Family); Related Studies (a Research Topic); Skills for Learning and a Common Core Subject (Number at Level 2).

Assessment is both formal (graded) and informal with an emphasis on continuous assessment and coursework to include essays, presentations, case studies, scientific reports, practical work and a research project.

Successful completion of this course will enable entry onto a relevant degree. (You are advised to check the specific entry requirements for the degree you wish to apply for in advance of applying for this course).

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Name Macclesfield College
Address Park Lane
SK11 8LF
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