Access to Higher Education

Healthcare Professions

Access To Higher Education

This Diploma focusses on the skills required for modern healthcare workers. You will develop a good understanding of care principles, reflective practice and an introduction to how the healthcare system works.

You will study for one year and can choose from optional units relevant to your area of interest including: nursing, midwifery, paramedic and radiography skills.

It is designed for adults who have been out of education for some time and do not have the required level of qualification for university. The course provides entry to relevant degree courses and a programme of study which is equivalent to A Levels.

What learners do next: BSc (Hons) Nursing, BSc Midwifery, Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science,  BSc Diagnostic Radiography, BSc Health Studies, Degree Apprenticeship Nursing.




Blended – in person and/or online

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What to expect from Skills Training UK

Energising and well-structured lessons, in small groups.

Individual support and mentoring to help you achieve your goals.

Access to our virtual learning environment for on-demand videos and materials to reinforce learning.

Extra support with English and Maths if you need it.

What does a learner need to do?

Attend regular classes either in-person or online.

Allow time for project work and study each week.

Talk to your trainer for support and guidance if you need more support.

Bring a positive attitude to class and any work experience to make sure you get the most from the opportunity.

Course content

  • Care Principles
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Healthcare
  • Professional Interpersonal Skills
  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and/or Vulnerable Adults
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Drug calculations and Health Related Charts
  • Preparation for Higher Education

You will also undertake a research unit and may choose from some of the following optional units:

  • Antenatal Care and the Role of the Midwife
  • Cells and Tissues
  • Circulation, Immunity and Homeostasis
  • Effective and Reflective Practice
  • Equality and Diversity within Care Services
  • Health Psychology
  • Ethics and Values
  • Human Body Systems – Circulation and Gaseous Exchange
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Physics: Medical Applications for Radiography
  • Social Drugs and Medicines
  • Role and Responsibilities of the Paramedic Team
  • Work Placement

(other optional units available)


Applicants must be aged 19-years-old or over at enrolment and will require a minimum of Level 2 Maths and English.

Please note: if you wish to take a university degree after this course, you may need GCSE Maths, English or Science at Grade C/4 or above.

Access courses are free to eligible 19 to 23-year-olds. If you are over 19, you can access an Advanced Learner Loan so there are no upfront fees. If you progress to university you will not need to repay this loan at the completion of your degree.


Assessment is made through completion of assignments, essays, course work, independent study and research, practical work and class-based tests.

To achieve an overall pass, students must achieve 60 credits of which at least 45 must be at Level 3 and up to 15 at Level 2. All Level 3 credits will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Qualifications and outcomes

Level 3 Diploma.

“What a great course, I’d highly recommend it! It is really flexible and I really enjoy the fact I can complete it all online.”

Michelle Jones, West Midlands, Access to HE Healthcare Professions

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