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Access to Higher Education: Health and Social Care

Study mode Full Time
Level 3
Duration 36 weeks
Subject Health & Social Care
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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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 content

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.

Curriculum units

  • Care principles
  • Introduction to healthcare
  • Research skills for health or care
  • Mental health and illness
  • Safeguarding children, young people and/or vulnerable adults
  • The role of the health or social care professional
  • Dementia awareness
  • Inclusivity and disability
  • Management of ill health
  • Media perspectives of health and social care
  • Promoting health
  • Social drugs and medicines
  • Social work skills
  • Academic writing skills
  • Preparation for higher education
  • Application of number – presenting and interpreting information
  • Developing professional attributes
  • Presenting information using ICT

Qualifications on completion

  • Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care)

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years old at the beginning of the course and hold a minimum of level 2 qualifications in both English and Mathematics.

However, if you have already achieved a level 2 qualification in one of these subjects, you will have the option to gain a level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths where applicable.


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

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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Course code SC010018
Start date 4 Sep 2023
Location East Ham Campus
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