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Access to Higher Education Diploma Health

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Study this Access to Higher Education Diploma Health course with us and transform your career. Take your first steps towards university and become a nurse, midwife, paramedic, or healthcare professional without needing to complete A Levels.

  • Enrol now for September 2024!
  • This fully recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma Health course is ideal for anyone looking to change their career or return to education.
  • This course is the equivalent to three A Levels, allowing you to progress to a health-related degree at university after completing your course.
  • Start your journey towards your dream career in nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, or another healthcare profession.
  • You don't need to sit any exams as part of your course, you are assessed via your assignments.
  • You'll also receive a guide to help you with your UCAS application.

Course overview

A route to university without the complications

Please note: we have spaces available for our September 2024 intake, enrol early to avoid disappointment!

During your studies on this Access to Higher Education Diploma Health course, you’ll study a range of healthcare-related subjects that will ease you into your degree.

In the first year of this course, you’ll cover the basics of how to write a report and reference your work, as well as exploring the subject of human biology and various factors that affect human health.

In your second year on the course, you will learn more about psychology, the fundamental principles of values-based healthcare, and how you can promote the health of your patients.

This course is designed to provide in-depth, relevant learning materials with the end goal of studying a healthcare degree in mind. After completing this Access to Higher Education Health course, you’ll feel fully prepared to study your chosen healthcare degree at university.

What does an Access to Higher Education diploma qualify you for?

This Access to Higher Education Health diploma is perfect for anyone hoping to become a nurse, midwife, paramedic, or healthcare professional. The equivalent of three A Levels, this is Access to Higher Education course will help you get on track to progress to university. We will also provide you with a guide on how to apply to university via UCAS.

Course Duration

It will take two years to complete this course. Please note, you will be provided with an assessment timetable which will detail your assignment release and deadline dates.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course, you will receive your Access to Higher Education Diploma Health.

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 19 years old, and you will need to have a minimum of a grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and at least a grade 4 or C in GCSE Maths. We also accept Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English.


Written assignments including essays, presentations, and reports.

Course content

This course requires you to complete nine units over a two-year period.

Extra info

Entry requirements

You will need to be over 19 to enrol on this Access to Higher Education course.

You will also need to have a minimum of a grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum of a grade C or 4 in GCSE Maths to be able to enrol on this Access to Higher Education diploma. Copies of your official certificates from the awarding body must be provided as part of the enrolment process before your place is confirmed.

Students with Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English will also be considered.

Once you have enrolled, you will need to complete a short telephone interview to confirm your place on the course. During this interview, we will discuss your university choice and ensure you have checked that you meet and have understood the requirements.

You will need to have access to a laptop, computer, or tablet to complete this course.

If there is a particular university course you would like to study after you have completed this Access to HE diploma, it is your responsibility to ensure that this course meets your chosen university’s entry requirements for the course.

The minimum number of independent study hours you are required to do each week is 20 hours. It is important that you are able to fit this study time around your other commitments.

Unit credits

Each unit carries a certain amount of credits. This information is required when you make your university choice. Here are the full details on unit credits.

Course duration

Your course will run for the duration of two years. Each unit will run for a specified amount of time and assignment deadlines for each unit will be detailed in your student guide when you enrol – you will be provided with your assessment timetable when your course begins.

The next intake for this course begins September 2024. You will need to enrol before August 31st to ensure you receive your course materials on time.

You can enrol online or speak to a course adviser at any time of year. We have two intakes each year, one in January and one in September. Once you have enrolled, we will provide you with access to your course materials when the cohort begins.


There are no exams on this Access to Higher Education course. You will be graded solely through your assignments, which will include essays, presentations, and reports.

Your assessments will be handed out on set dates according to the course timetable. Each assessment will have a fixed deadline.

You will be graded across five units, allowing you to achieve 60 credits in total.

Study method

This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. You will also have access to mentor sessions with your tutor through audio or video

While you will have the flexibility to study from a place that suits you, you will have an assessment timetable that includes assessment deadlines that you will need to adhere to.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Course outcome

Successful students will be awarded their Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) in accordance with the requirements of AIM Group.

AIM Group are an access validating agency for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

With this Health Diploma, you can achieve up to 144 UCAS points based on the grade you achieve. You can find out more about UCAS points here.


Once you have successfully completed your course and received your qualification, you can apply for and progress onto a variety of healthcare-related degrees, including:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Other health-related degrees

Please note: you will need to check your chosen university’s entry requirements for your degree.

Once you have completed your university degree, you could achieve a career as a qualified healthcare professional such as a paramedic, nurse, or midwife within the NHS or private practice.


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