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Access to Higher Education: Health Professions

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Offering the academic equivalent of three A Levels, this Access to Higher Education Diploma for Health Professions provides a direct pathway to pursuing your dreams of becoming a nurse, midwife, paramedic, or other health professions. Gain up to 144 UCAS points and open the door to university study, all without the inconvenience of traditional exams.

  • This course carries the equivalent value of three A levels, providing you with the UCAS points needed to go to university.
  • The diploma is a full level 3 qualification, which can enhance your chances of landing a job in industries that demand proof of accomplishment at this level.
  • No need to worry about exams; you will be assessed solely through assignments.
  • Study a wide range of topics, from human biology to the responsibilities of healthcare professionals and more.
  • Your first step towards a rewarding career as a nurse, midwife, paramedic, and other health professions.
  • Receive dedicated tutor support from a subject specialist every step of the way.

Course overview

Tailored for aspiring health professionals, this Access to Higher Education Diploma is perfect for individuals with a passion for the sector but undecided on a specific focus. Whether you aspire to be a midwife, paramedic, or nurse, or another health-related profession, the course will give you the foundation knowledge you need to progress into further study to make your career dreams a reality.

You will engage with a diverse curriculum covering essential topics ranging from human biology to safeguarding to the roles and responsibilities of a health care professional. Additionally, you will develop valuable skills in writing, research, and academic study, which will be vital for the completion of this diploma and your future studies at university level.

Please note: As this course is popular, spaces fill up quickly. Ensure you enrol as early as possible to secure your spot for the September 2024 intake.


Course Duration

It will take two years to complete this course with a required independent study commitment of 20 hours per week. You will receive an assessment timetable outlining assignment release and deadline dates.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions.

Entry Requirements

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


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

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Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years old to enrol on this course. 
  • You will need to have a minimum of a grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. Copies of your official certificates will be requested as part of the enrolment process before your place is confirmed. Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English will also be considered. 
  • You will need to have access to a laptop or computer and the Internet to complete this course. 
  • If there is a particular university course you wish to study after completing this diploma, it is your responsibility to ensure it meets the entry requirements. 

Course duration

It will take two years to complete this course. The minimum number of independent study hours you are required to do each week is 20 hours. It is crucial to ensure that you are able to allocate this study time around your other commitments.

Please note, you will be provided with an assessment timetable which will detail your assignment release and deadline dates.


This Access to Higher Education course doesn’t include any exams. Your will be assessed through assignments including essays, presentations, and reports.

Your assessments will be distributed on set dates according to the course timetable, with each having a fixed deadline which you must meet.

Unit credits

Your qualification will not be assigned an overall grade. Instead, grading will be based on graded units, with a maximum of 60 credits available to achieve. These grades will correspond to a specific number of UCAS points based on the credit value:

  • Non-graded units will be graded as ‘achieved’ or ‘unachieved’.
  • For graded units, you will receive a pass, merit, distinction, or fail.

Find out more about unit credits, and which units are graded and ungraded here.

Study method

You will study this course via distance learning, offering you the flexibility to study whenever and wherever you choose. Whether it’s from the comfort of your home or any other location of your preference, the choice is entirely yours.  

However, you must ensure that you submit your assignments by the dates outlined in your assessment timetable. Rest assured, tutor support is readily available via email, so help is only a click away. Additionally, you will have access to video mentoring sessions with your tutor for graded units.   

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. 

Course outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions. AIM Group serve as an access validating agency for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. 

With this Health Professions diploma, you can achieve up to 144 UCAS points depending on the grade you achieve. Find out more about UCAS points here. 


Once you’ve completed the Access to Higher Education Diploma, you’ll have several options to consider. You could continue your education by pursuing bachelor’s degrees, foundation degrees, higher national certificates/diplomas, or even higher degree apprenticeships. Alternatively, the diploma can open doors to employment opportunities in sectors that require evidence of achievement at level 3. 

This qualification will also prepare you for progression into higher education subjects including, but not limited to: 

  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Health science
  • Pharmacy
  • Paramedic science
  • Radiography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational health
  • Other health-related degrees

Please note, it is strongly suggested you contact your prospective universities before beginning the Access to Higher Education Diploma to confirm their specific entry requirements. 


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