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Suitable for Adult (19+)
Level 3
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 28 weeks
Subject area Health & Social Care
  • 08 Nov 2021
  • Stratford Campus
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • Stratford Campus
  • 10 Oct 2022
  • Stratford Campus

Are you aged over 19? Do you have an interest in studying health and social care or social and community work?

If you want to go to university to study health and social care, nursing or social and community work at degree level but don’t have the qualifications you need, this course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge that are required for Higher Education.

This course is a level 3 course and is equivalent to three A-levels.

Course description

On this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of health care, social care and community work.

You will study a range of relevant subjects, including care principles, healthcare, mental health and illness, safeguarding, inclusivity and disability, dementia awareness, social drugs and medicines and social work skills.

In addition to this, you will develop the skills that are required for success in higher education. You will also receive advice and guidance while completing your UCAS application to study at university.

You will be continually assessed throughout the year using a variety of assessment methods.

Additional information

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years old in order to apply for this course. It would be beneficial to have Level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics. However, you will be provided with an opportunity to gain a Level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English and Maths.

If you do not have formal qualifications for entry, you will need to demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to study at Level 3, as well as demonstrating Level 2 abilities in communications and numeracy.


The majority of students that successfully complete the course will progress on to a university degree programme, with a focus on either nursing, social care, community work or a related field. Other options include progression to a Foundation Degree.

The main focus of Access programmes is to prepare learners to study at university. However, some may decide to go into employment.

On completion of your course, you will receive a profile of credits that will reflect your suitability for your chosen degree programme.

Fees and funding

The course fee is TBC plus exam fee TBC.

The Advanced Learner Loan is TBC (exam fee TBC).

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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