Course Info

"Access To..."

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Fees:

    You might qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course fees – see our Fees and funding page for more information

  • Awarding/validation body:

    OCN London


Course Overview

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university.

Our Access to Public Health course runs over one year and is ideal if you wish to progress to university to study on a range of health care programmes. The diploma may also be a beneficial qualification for students looking to go directly into employment, where Level 3 qualifications are required.

This course is designed for those who have had a substantial break from education, and who are likely to have experience of working in health care or with the general public.

You will study a range of subjects which will prepare you for your degree at university, including health science, psychology, social science studies, maths and study skills.

Access to University is an intensive study programme, you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance throughout the course.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

  • There may be opportunities for adult students to study English as part of your programme, and the level and type of qualification will be selected to suit individual need.

Course Highlights

The staff on the programme are professionally qualified with a wide experience of the medical field and are both friendly and approachable. You will benefit from having a tutor who can provide not only academic support, but also pastoral advice and guidance when needed. One-to-one appointments with your tutor are a regular part of the course where there is opportunity to discuss your progress.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Progression opportunities: working as a public health practitioner, youth worker, drug and alcohol worker, public health information officer or analyst, health improvement practitioner, health protection practitioner, sexual health advisor, smoking cessation co-ordinator, community development or outreach worker, health communications officer or even go into health-related research.

Many students choose to progress internally and study a Public Health and Social Care degree at the college’s University Centre, progressing towards their career goals in friendly and familiar surroundings.


You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways, including essays, debates, and presentations. These assignments will build to complete your Access to Public Health portfolio.
There will also be in-class tests but there are no formal exams on this course

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be required to take an English and Mathematics assessment, regardless of previous qualifications. You must achieve a Level 2 in English and a Level 1 in Mathematics to be accepted on this course.

How To Apply

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