Online Access to Health Professions Higher Education Diploma (2022)

All you need to start your career in the Health Professions

We are here to help you fulfil your potential and start you on the pathway to your dream career.

Our Access to HE Diplomas give you the opportunity to apply for a degree in a Health Profession, such as Podiatry, Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), Occupational Therapy (OT), Dental Science and Speech and Language Therapy.

This can lead to a career working in the NHS, private practice, the community, or research.

Over 25 years of experience, and our excellent relationships with many universities, means that the content of these Health Professions Diplomas fit perfectly with their entry requirements. We offer 6 different pathways on this course, 2 in Health & 4 in Science - full details can be found in the Syllabus section of this page.

Not all careers need a degree, and an Access to HE Diploma in Health Professions or Science is also an excellent way to maximise your job prospects, such as:

  • Clinical support staff,
  • Therapy-related roles,
  • An advocate,
  • Support roles for those in need.

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What are they?

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Access Diplomas are for people who wish to enter university but who do not have A-levels, or who last studied a number of years ago. There are no entry requirements. They are equivalent to 3 A-levels and are accepted by almost every university. Most careers now require you to complete a degree and this the ideal starting point, even if you have no prior qualifications.

Are they accredited?

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All our Access to HE Diplomas are fully accredited through Ascentis (our Access Validating Agency (AVA)) and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), so they are part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This means that you can apply to Universities, Teacher Training Colleges and Nurse Training Schools using your Diploma.

How do I study?

On average an Access to HE Diploma takes about 9 months to complete, 600 hours of study. You work at home at your own pace. They are studied 100% online. There are no exams. Your friendly subject-specialist qualified personal tutor supports your learning with one-to-one tutorials and helps you with any problems or concerns. There are also Online Classes and Group Tutorials.

After the course

Our Access to HE Diplomas are perfectly suited to meet university entry requirements and also prepare you for undergraduate study. This results from over 25 years of experience providing Access Courses by distance learning, and our strong relationships with universities. Our students have gone on to study degrees at over 130. We also help with your UCAS Application.

When can I start?

You can start when it suits you: just like studying with us, our enrolments are flexible too.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no set entry requirements for this Access to HE Diploma.

You need to have a UK residential address to study this qualification (you can be posted overseas). If you are currently resident outside the UK you need to be able to provide proof of UK residency before the end of the course. In this case, please advise us of this when you apply.

Does it give me UCAS Tariff Points?

Yes. An Access to HE Diploma carries up to 144 UCAS tariff points depending upon grades achieved.

An Access Diploma is made up of 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits. 144 points equates to 45 Distinctions in the Diploma. At A level, 144 points equals 3 grade A's. You can calculate UCAS Tariff Points for different Grades using the Tariff Calculator.

How do I learn?

For every unit you study you will be given access to its tailored learning materials: because they are written by us, you can be sure that they will teach you what you need to succeed on your assessments. They are more than a textbook - they guide you through your learning and support you so that you're fully prepared for each assessment. You will complete tasks, answer questions (with model answers that you can check), and will be given all the tools needed to achieve the highest grades possible.

How am I assessed?

You are assessed through tutor-assessed coursework throughout your Diploma, there are no exams. Our assessments have been both internally and externally verified, meaning that they have been checked to make sure they are consistent, fair and robust. Importantly, they give everybody the same opportunities to succeed. Our internal verification process is rigorous and thorough, ensuring that every tutor is marking, grading and giving formative and developmental feedback in line with our exacting standards.

How long will it take?

Because our Access to HE Diplomas fit into your life rather than the other way around, you can decide how long you'd like to study your Diploma for. They require an estimated 600 hours of study. On average an Access to HE Diploma takes 9 months, but you can complete in 6 months or study for longer if you wish to.

When can I complete?

Just like starting, when you complete is up to you. The only deadlines that are in place are those set by yourself, and are usually based on when you hope to start university. To start university in September you would aim for June moderation; to start university in February/March you would aim for November moderation.

What are my future prospects?

An Access to HE Diploma opens doors for every student. Whether you decide to use it to gain entry to university or not, it will improve your career prospects. You gain so much by studying an Access Diploma online: it teaches you skills that will make you stand out. From organisational skills and time management, to the ability to self-direct and research independently - you will be capable of things you hadn't previously thought possible.

All pathways are equally valid for university entry. So you can base your choice on your own areas of interest, or in line with entry requirements for a specific degree course.

Please select a pathway and then scroll down to see details of all Units studied.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Allied Health Professions) Option 1

Subjects studied:

  1. Developmental (9 credits)
  2. Biology (33 credits)
  3. Psychology (18 credits)

You study 60 credits in total:

  • 45 graded credits
  • 15 ungraded credits

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Allied Health Professions) Option 2

Subjects studied:

  1. Developmental (6 credits)
  2. Biology (30 credits)
  3. Psychology (12 credits)
  4. Physics (12 credits)

You study 60 credits in total:

  • 45 graded credits
  • 15 ungraded credits

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Option 1

Subjects studied:

  1. Developmental (6 credits)
  2. Biology (30 credits)
  3. Chemistry (12 credits)
  4. Physics (12 credits)

You study 60 credits in total:

  • 45 graded credits
  • 15 ungraded credits

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Option 2

Subjects studied:

  1. Developmental (9 credits)
  2. Biology (30 credits)
  3. Physics (21 credits)

You study 60 credits in total:

  • 45 graded credits
  • 15 ungraded credits

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Option 3

Subjects studied:

  1. Developmental (6 credits)
  2. Human Physiology (18 credits)
  3. Chemistry (24 credits)
  4. Physics (12 credits)

You study 60 credits in total:

  • 45 graded credits
  • 15 ungraded credits

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Option 4

Subjects studied:

  1. Developmental (6 credits)
  2. Human Physiology (18 credits)
  3. Chemistry (18 credits)
  4. Physics (18 credits)

You study 60 credits in total:

  • 45 graded credits
  • 15 ungraded credits

Subject Set: Developmental

Unit: Preparing to Progress

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Writing for Academic Purposes

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Basic Principles in Number

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 2

Developmental Totals

9 Credits

0 Graded

9 Ungraded

Subject Set: Biology

Unit: Introduction to Cell Biology

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Homeostasis, Coordination and Control and the Excretory Systems

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-Intestinal Systems

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Human Reproductive Biology

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Practical Investigation (Biology)

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Biology Totals

33 Credits

30 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Psychology

Unit: Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Psychological Perspectives and Behaviour

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Defining, Classifying and Explaining Disorders

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

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Unit: Treating Disorders

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Interpersonal Communication

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Psychology Totals

18 Credits

15 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Developmental

Unit: Preparing to Progress

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Writing for Academic Purposes

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Developmental Totals

6 Credits

0 Graded

6 Ungraded

Subject Set: Biology

Unit: Introduction to Cell Biology

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Homeostasis, Coordination and Control and the Excretory Systems

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-Intestinal Systems

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Practical Investigation (Biology)

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Biology Totals

30 Credits

27 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Psychology

Unit: Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Psychological Perspectives and Behaviour

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Interpersonal Communication

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Psychology Totals

12 Credits

9 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Physics

Unit: Introduction to Physics

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Radiology

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Medical Uses of Radioisotopes

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Physics Totals

12 Credits

9 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Developmental

Unit: Preparing to Progress

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Writing for Academic Purposes

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Developmental Totals

6 Credits

0 Graded

6 Ungraded

Subject Set: Biology

Unit: Introduction to Cell Biology

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Homeostasis, Coordination and Control and the Excretory Systems

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-Intestinal Systems

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Practical Investigation (Biology)

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

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Biology Totals

30 Credits

27 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Chemistry

Unit: Introduction to Chemistry

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Core Principles of Chemistry

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Planning a Practical Investigation (Chemistry)

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Chemistry Totals

12 Credits

9 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Physics

Unit: Introduction to Physics

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Radiology

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Medical Uses of Radioisotopes

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Physics Totals

12 Credits

9 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Developmental

Unit: Preparing to Progress

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Writing for Academic Purposes

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Basic Principles in Number

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 2

Developmental Totals

9 Credits

0 Graded

9 Ungraded

Subject Set: Biology

Unit: Introduction to Cell Biology

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Homeostasis, Coordination and Control and the Excretory Systems

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-Intestinal Systems

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Practical Investigation (Biology)

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Biology Totals

30 Credits

27 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Physics

Unit: Introduction to Physics

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Radiology

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Medical Uses of Radioisotopes

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Principles of Physics

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Planning a Practical Investigation (Physics)

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Physics Totals

21 Credits

18 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Developmental

Unit: Preparing to Progress

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Writing for Academic Purposes

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Developmental Totals

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6 Credits

0 Graded

6 Ungraded

Subject Set: Human Physiology

Unit: Introduction to Cell Biology

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Aspects of Human Physiology

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Practical Investigation (Human Physiology)

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Human Physiology Totals

18 Credits

15 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Chemistry

Unit: Introduction to Chemistry

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Applied Biochemistry

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Core Principles of Chemistry

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Further Organic Chemistry

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Planning a Practical Investigation (Chemistry)

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Chemistry Totals

24 Credits

21 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Physics

Unit: Introduction to Physics

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Radiology

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Medical Uses of Radioisotopes

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Physics Totals

12 Credits

9 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Developmental

Unit: Preparing to Progress

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Writing for Academic Purposes

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Developmental Totals

6 Credits

0 Graded

6 Ungraded

Subject Set: Human Physiology

Unit: Introduction to Cell Biology

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Aspects of Human Physiology

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Practical Investigation (Human Physiology)

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Human Physiology Totals

18 Credits

15 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Chemistry

Unit: Introduction to Chemistry

3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Applied Biochemistry

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Core Principles of Chemistry

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Planning a Practical Investigation (Chemistry)

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Chemistry Totals

18 Credits

15 Graded

3 Ungraded

Subject Set: Physics

Unit: Introduction to Physics

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3 Credits

Ungraded

Level 3

Unit: Radiology

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Medical Uses of Radioisotopes

3 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Unit: Principles of Physics

6 Credits

Graded

Level 3

Physics Totals

18 Credits

15 Graded

3 Ungraded

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Optional extra Qualifications

You can study additional qualifications alongside your Access Diploma with substantial discounts.

In addition to your Access Diploma, university entry requirements may also include GCSEs. If you don't have the required GCSEs already, you can study them with us alongside your Access Diploma.

Discounts

  • When GCSEs are studied with an Access Diploma, you get £20 off the first and £30 off the second.
  • You only pay an Enrolment Fee for the Diploma.

If you need to brush up on your English, Maths or Science before starting your Diploma, Progression Awards provide the ideal way to do this. Also, if you have been out of education for some time, universities may require evidence of recent Level 2 study before offering a place. Progression Awards maximum study days are added to your Access Diploma maximum study days.

Discounts

  • If you study 24 or more Progression Awards Credits you get £10 off. If you study 36 or more Credits you get £25 off.
  • Maximum days from the Progression Awards are added on to the maximum days for the Diploma, making for more manageable instalments.
  • You only pay an Enrolment Fee for the Diploma.

Many universities will accept Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSEs. If you don't have the required qualifications already, you can study them with us. When you enrol on your Access Diploma you will be able to inform us that you would also like to study Functional Skills.

Discounts

  • When Functional Skills are studied with an Access Diploma, you only pay an Enrolment Fee for the Diploma.

Funding your course

  • This course is eligible for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) funding which is available to members of the Armed Forces. Find out more
  • This course is not eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.

The majority of our students fund themselves using our easy payment options. Some secure funding through their employers and a few manage to get some help from local charities. We cannot provide advice on funding but we do have a page which you may find useful.

If you are not funding your course yourself

Please ensure that you make us aware of this when you apply so that we can advise your & make any necessary arrangements with the funder to cover your course costs.

If you have already purchased your course elsewhere

  • The fees and details on this page apply only if you purchase your Course directly from DistanceLearningCentre.com.
  • If you have purchased your course from another web site, they will have already informed you about their Terms & Conditions and payments.
  • They will also have informed us that you will be signing up for a course with us so we will be able to adjust the finances on your account accordingly once you have set up your course.
  • You will not need to pay the Enrolment Fee.

Payment methods

The normal method of payment is online with a Credit or Debit Card. We accept all major cards.

If there are genuine reasons why you cannot pay online, you will need to contact us to discuss whether there are other feasible options available such as bank transfer or Standing Order.

The support that our students receive is central to who we are and the service that we deliver.

Your tutor

Your tutor is both your personal support and your subject specialist teacher. They were chosen for their expert subject knowledge and qualifications, and for their skills in supporting and motivating adults who may have been out of education for some time. They are there to support you and guide your studies, and you will be in regular contact over email, WhatsApp and virtual meetings. Because they mark your assessments, they know how to help you to improve, develop and advance as you progress through the course.

Their role evolves over the course of your studies as your needs change. Initially you will speak to your tutor every week so you can get to know each other and settle into studying. As you progress through the course the support that you want from your tutor may change: one week you may want to talk about study skills, and the next about the ethics of research. Your tutor is there to make sure that your time with us is as successful and enjoyable as possible.

The most flexible study and active tutor support

You can find out more details about support on the course and our flexible study options on our Studying with Us Page. You can also see what our students have to say about the support they recieved in our reviews.

Student Services

Our Student Services team are here for you from your first enquiry and throughout your course. From clarifying university entry requirements to finding the course that is right for you, Student Services are here for everybody - past, present and prospective students alike.

UCAS Application

UCAS is the application system used for applying to university in the UK. They have lots of guidance for students and we are also here to support you throughout the application process.

For many, making the UCAS application is one of the most important moments arising from the course, and we support you throughout the process. Our strong relationships with universities mean that we liaise with them to ensure that you are always given the most relevant and up-to-date advice, and we keep you abreast of relevant information from UCAS.

From the first stage of your application, to any interviews you may have, and accepting a place - we are there with you every step of the way. We will work with you to plan and draft your personal statement, will guide you through every step of applying through UCAS, and will check every single application, personal statement and reference before they are submitted. We work to ensure that every application is the best it can be.

Additional Support

Learning Support - support if you have declared a disability. They provide advice and guidance and signpost you to help and resources which can help with your studies.

Student Support - supporting you if you are having problems with your studies. This may be due to a wide range of factors, personal, financial, confidence, changed circumstances etc. Generally, tutors will refer you to this section if they feel that you will benefit from some extra help or advice.

Peer Support

We have a dynamic private Facebook community over 2000 students for you to join and if you want to raise points with staff this can be done via the Student Action Group.

Flexibility

We make our courses suit you and your life: if your circumstances or priorities change then your course can too. We are here to help you achieve, and so taking a study break, changing your payment date, extending or shortening your study period (target completion date) is always possible.

Technical Support

From accessing learning materials to uploading documents, if you need any technical support during your studies our Technical Department is there for you.

Finance Department

Should you need any help or advice about fees, payment options, or there are changes to your circumstances the Finance Department is are happy to help.

How are Access courses structured?

Every Access to HE Diploma is 60 credits: 15 are ungraded and 45 are graded. The grades available are Pass, Merit and Distinction.

The structure of each Access Diploma is designed to provide you with subject knowledge which we know is most relevant to the degree you are aiming for and chosen through experience and consultation to find out what the universities most want to see.

Each Diploma is split into:

  • A developmental section (which is not subject specific) generally studied at Level 3 although some courses include Level 2 Maths.
  • Two or more subject-specialist Subject Sets.

The Course Learning Materials include Self-Assessment Questions (SAQ's) and activities. You will need to upload your SAQ's, to demonstrate your learning, before you can start the formal assessment for the Unit.

In courses which include this Unit, the Level 2 Maths Unit is assessed at the same level as a grade C at GCSE but they is not equivalent to a GCSE. Therefore, if your university requires you to achieve GCSE's you will need to study separate GCSEs, which you can study with us.

Subject sets, Credits & Units

To achieve an Access Diploma you complete 60 credits, of which at least 45 must be at Level 3 (A-Level standard) and are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. The other 15 credits can be either at Level 2 or 3 and are ungraded.

Developmental and Subject Sets are made up of Units; each unit is made up of three or six credits.

Learning Materials examples

  • Learning Materials - interactive text books for each unit in PDF format which you open with a password given to you by your tutor.
  • Videos & Podcasts - to complement and support the Learning Materials, also with Transcript.
  • Scheduled Online Classes & Group Tutorials - covering specific subject areas.
  • Self-Assessed Questions (SAQs) - for you to test your own learning and compare with model answers.

How are Access courses assessed?

There are no exams but as you complete each Unit, you will be given Assessments to complete. These often take the form of a practical report, tutor-assessed questions or an essay. These are used by your tutor to assess your learning and recommend you for an Award of Credit for the Unit. You will receive the confirmation of recommended credit(s) for each Unit when the written work has met the predefined criteria which are found within the Assessments.

Once you have completed an Assessment, you upload the Assessment to your Student Account. Some Assessments may need to be submitted by post. Your tutor will provide you with feedback on your work, by completing and uploading a Mark Sheet to your Student Account.

Moderation

Because the Access Diplomas are part of the National Qualification Framework, they are moderated externally by the Awarding Body to ensure consistent quality nationwide. Moderation takes place twice a year so when you complete the course, you will have to wait until the next moderation before the request for certification can be sent to the Awarding Body. However, should you have concerns that your Diploma may not be certificated in time for entry onto your selected course in Higher Education, we can provide evidence for you to give to the admissions tutor.

Grading

Level 2 Units, Developmental and Introductory Level 3 Units are not Graded, they are simply awarded 'achieved' or 'not achieved'. The 45 graded Level 3 Credits are awarded grades of Pass, Merit, Distinction (or resubmission) according to a set of Grade Descriptors utilised nationally and set by the QAA.

It is expected that you will make every effort to meet the criteria for a Unit and you are required to complete and return a 'tick sheet' which helps you to check you have completed everything you need to. However, if you fail to meet the criteria for a Pass, you are encouraged to resubmit your work and it is not graded at that point.

Your tutor will give you guidance about any improvements that are necessary and when you resubmit your work it will be graded. If you still fail to achieve the criteria, you will have to complete another piece of work on a different topic within the Unit.

Assessment examples

  • Assessments - give you all the information you need to complete and pass your assessment. Further Podcasts and Videos are included in the Assessments.
  • Student Answer Sheets the documents you complete with your answers for the Assessments.

Laptop or Computer

Due to the academic nature and depth of this course you will not be able to study it entirely on a Mobile Phone or Tablet.

Check university entry requirements

It is important to check the entry requirements for your chosen universities as these will help you decide if you need any of the qualifications below. We are also very happy to advise you to ensure that you have what you need.

GCSEs

You may need GCSEs to gain entry to university. If you do not have these already, you can study them with us. You will have the option to add these to your Diploma when you enrol.

Functional Skills

You may need Functional Skills Qualifications to gain entry to university. Many universities will accept these in place of a GCSE. If you do not have these already, you can study them with us. Please contact us if you would like to study Functional Skills as well as a Diploma.

Progression Awards

You may need further Level 2 credits in English, Maths and Science (known as Progression Awards) to gain entry to university. If you do not have these already, you can study them with us. You will have the option to add these to your Diploma when you enrol.

UK ENIC (formerly UK NARIC) Statement of Comparability

If you already hold qualifications that were studied outside the UK, your university may wish to see a Statement of Comparability to exempt you from GCSE or Level 2 credits entry requirements. UK ENIC can be contacted through enic.org.uk.

Work experience, specific skills and specialist knowledge

You should always check university's entry requirements, both compulsory and preferred, as they will often say what they expect from a candidate. This may include a work placement, specific interpersonal skills, or evidence of wide reading and existing knowledge about the degree, the career, or the industry.

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The course is excellently written with information perfectly explained for those who have been out of education.

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Support of tutors, & the wider student community were fundamental in enabling me to overcome adversity. The peer support of fellow students proved a wonderful resource. People of all ages & backgrounds united in their desire to study & self-develop, quick to offer help & encouragement. So I became active in supporting others through the Facebook Group. Richard

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I have since been offered a place from two universities to study a BSc in Adult Nursing.

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I was very nervous about beginning my studies as I thought that Access to HE Diplomas were aimed at mature students, being 17 at the time of beginning my studies. But I was so wrong!

The Diploma is for anyone wanting to enter higher education. The staff, and my tutors especially, couldn't have been more accommodating and supportive. Beth

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From day one I found my tutors to be incredibly friendly, supportive and accessible. They encourage independent learning, but are always there to give guidance and answer questions of any kind.

The learning materials are brilliant; extremely thorough and logically laid out in topics and sub-topics, so you move smoothly through. Victoria

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The materials were easy to follow. I received advice from others via the Facebook page & from my personal tutor, who was always so quick to answer any questions. During the modules, I developed my research methods & even my English improved. I am far more confident in finding the pros & cons of every theory. I now feel I am in a far better position & I am currently enrolled on an LLB Qualifying Law degree. Sean

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They stood out for me because of their flexibility and affordability.

Enrolling to study remotely for a science course, was overwhelmingly nerve-wracking but my tutors were very kind, supportive and helpful. Their support allowed me to excel and achieve high grades. I have now secured a place at a university. Fanny

FAQs

Is Access course to higher education hard? ›

How hard is Access to Higher Education? As with everything in life, it's all dependent on the work you put into it. If you put minimal effort in, the course will be very difficult, if you work hard, the course will be comparatively easy.

What is an Access to Higher Education Diploma equivalent to? ›

Access to HE diplomas are recognised by universities

They're equivalent to three A-levels and are worth between 44 and 148 UCAS points. Access courses have been around for decades, with over 20,000 students a year achieving this qualification and progressing on to studying at university.

Is an access higher education diploma a certificate? ›

Diploma certification

An Access to Higher Education Diploma certificate is issued to a student who has successfully completed 45 credits at Level 3, and 15 credits at Level 2 or 3 within the Diploma rules of combination.

Can I get a job with Access to HE Diploma? ›

Learners who complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Allied Health Professions go onto study for degrees in health-related subjects and have careers working as Psychologists, Therapists, Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs), Orthoptists, Osteopaths, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Prosthetists ...

Can you fail an Access course? ›

If you fail the resubmission, your case is brought to the board and they get to decide whether you continue on the course or not (as you can't pass the course without passing all modules). Alternatively, if you miss the deadline, you are capped at a pass.

Is an Access course Recognised? ›

As such, Access courses are a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification that can be studied as an alternative to A Levels for adult learners who are looking for a renewed opportunity to go to university.

Is a diploma of higher education a degree? ›

Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

It's recognised as a standalone qualification and teaching is delivered to the standard of a full undergraduate degree, which makes the DipHE an attractive option to students who can't commit to a three-year degree.

Does access to higher education expire? ›

Once you have been awarded an Access to HE Diploma, you have the qualification for life: the qualification itself doesn't expire after a certain date. However, you should check with the university/ies before applying.

Is access to higher education an A level? ›

Is Access to HE an A Level? The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification. Study on the Access to HE Diploma makes academic demands that are at an equivalent level to those of other Level 3 qualifications. Examples of other Level 3 qualifications include A levels and Welsh Baccalaureate.

Are Access to HE courses respected? ›

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely recognised as A Level alternatives and are therefore accepted by many UK universities. Approximately 20,000 Access to HE Diploma graduates are accepted onto degree programmes in the UK every year.

Is access to higher education equivalent to GCSE? ›

Students are able to achieve at least one GCSE- equivalent via the taught Access to HE course and within the Access to HE Diploma. Where a student requires more than one GCSE-equivalent, the rest are achieved in addition to the required achievement for the Access to HE Diploma.

How many UCAS points is a Diploma worth? ›

How many UCAS Tariff points are Access to HE Diplomas worth? The number of Tariff points for the Access to Higher Education Diploma varies between 48 and 144 points, dependent on your grade profile.

Do access courses have exams? ›

No exam. To study an Access module, you just need a phone and access to a computer with a good internet connection, that's it. Your work on the Access module will be assessed through four short written assignments and some activities online.

How many hours a week is an access course? ›

Most access courses run for 15-20 per week and you're expected to do 1 hour of independent study for each hour of class time. So I think 20 hours work should be fine, just make sure you're free for class time.

What qualification does an access course give you? ›

The Access to HE Diploma is a full level 3 qualification. Study on the Access to HE Diploma makes academic demands that are at an equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications. Examples of other level 3 qualifications include A levels and Welsh Baccalaureate.

Do you have to pass all modules in first year? ›

You need to pass all modules to achieve your award or progress to the next stage. In case you fail, Your exam board will consider your performance and may give a resit or a sit opportunity depending on your circumstances.

Can you get kicked out of university for failing UK? ›

if you fail more than 4 modules its most likely you will need to repeat the first year without any resits but if you fail everything and you dont attend classes you will be kicked out.

What level is access to nursing? ›

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

Do universities accept diplomas? ›

It depends on the university where you are applying. Some universities accept a Diploma pass, while others require a Bachelor's Degree pass. Your acceptance into the university depends on whether you meet the requirements for both the university and the course you have applied for.

Can I do an Access course online? ›

We offer a wide range of online Access to Higher Education Diploma courses and can tailor a course specifically for your needs. All online Access courses come with the support of a personal tutor and include fully interactive online learning activities.

Do UK universities accept diplomas? ›

The short answer is yes. We always advise students to check with their prospective universities for their entry requirements and whether or not they will accept the qualifications that the student is looking to attain. Every year more than 100,000 successful Level 3 or above Diploma students apply to UK universities.

Is a certificate of higher education Good? ›

Completing a CertHE can demonstrate individuals' capability of studying at university level. It can raise confidence, support a career change, or progression in a current career.

How many points is a diploma? ›

What a learner needs for different pass levels?
Pass LevelPoints
Bachelor Pass- 4 in four high credit subjects - 3 in home language - 2 in other two subject Total points: 23
Diploma Pass- 3 home language - 3 in other four high credit subjects - 2 in other two subject Total points: 19
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What comes after certificate of higher education? ›

Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE) and Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE) are qualifications that equal either the first year (for a CertHE) or the first and second years (DipHE) of an undergraduate degree.

What qualifications do I need to do access to nursing? ›

To be aged 19 or older. GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above (or A*-C); however, you will be considered for the course if you have one GCSE at grade A*-C in Maths or English and the other at grade D with the offer of GCSE classes in addition to the course. Ideally, a GCSE in Science, or equivalent qualification.

Can you do nursing with health and social care? ›

The role of nursing associate sits alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses in both health and social care. It opens up a career in nursing to people from all backgrounds and offers the opportunity to progress to training to become a registered nurse.

How long is an Access to HE Diploma valid for? ›

How Long is an Access to Higher Education Course Valid For? Access to Higher Education courses have a completion time of one year from the date that you enrol.

Can you complete an Access course in 6 months? ›

Access to HE Diplomas can be undertaken at your own pace if you study online. While you get two years to complete online Access courses, learndirect students, on average, are finished within 9-12 months. QAA regulations state that the minimum Access course completion time is six months.

How long does a diploma take? ›

How Do Diplomas Work? Diplomas are obtained over a three year period. This qualification is a lot like a degree, but often focuses on career-centric or vocational training with a great deal of practical experience included within the course.

Can I join university without A Levels? ›

Although A Levels are primarily for those seeking to get into university, yes it is possible to get to university without A levels and qualify for a university course. An Access to Higher Education (Access to HE) course is a flexible way of getting into university and suits those who are returning to education.

How many hours a week is an access course? ›

They're usually 30 weeks long, and most students study for about nine hours a week.

How old do you have to be for an access course? ›

You must be 19 or over on 1 September in the academic year the course starts.

Is a diploma of higher education a degree? ›

Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

It's recognised as a standalone qualification and teaching is delivered to the standard of a full undergraduate degree, which makes the DipHE an attractive option to students who can't commit to a three-year degree.

Will an Access course get me to uni? ›

The whole point of an Access course is that they allow you to access higher education. Many universities, including top Russell Group unis will accept Access qualifications, so aim high!

Does an Access course expire? ›

It does not expire.

How long is access to higher education course? ›

Access to HE courses are usually completed in one year. However, you can also study part-time, over two or more years.

Can I do an Access course online? ›

We offer a wide range of online Access to Higher Education Diploma courses and can tailor a course specifically for your needs. All online Access courses come with the support of a personal tutor and include fully interactive online learning activities.

Do I have to pay for an Access course? ›

You don't have to pay anything upfront and the loan will be written off if you complete your course and go on to study for a Degree - Click here to find out more.

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