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'Access to...'
  • access
  • healthandsocialcare

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Awarding/validation body:

    OCN London


Course Overview

This course provide learners with the knowledge and understanding essential to the health and social care sector, supporting progression to further education. (HE) for adults returning to education.

Course Highlights

Students will be provided with the opportunity of participating in community charity events, visits to Health & Care settings and museums.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

The Access to HE Diploma is a qualification which prepares learners for study at university. It is designed for adults who would like to study in UK Higher Education but who do not have the necessary entry qualifications, such as A Levels.

It offers a general introduction to study skills and key areas of knowledge within the subject(s) taken, helping adults to become independent, self-directed learners and prepare them for the demands of undergraduate studies. It offers a positive and supportive learning experience where adults can build their skills and confidence.


In order to achieve the Access to HE  Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, students must achieve the internally assessed unit assessments for:

It has a qualification credit value of 60 credits:

  • 45 credits graded at Level 3 in academic subject specific units and
  • 15 credits ungraded at Level 2 or Level 3 (mainly in study skills units)

The Access to HE Diploma assessment mechanism incorporates:

  • assessment tasks which are designed and set by the Centre
  • internal assessment of students work
  • internal and external moderation of assessment.

Entry Requirements

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • GCSEs – grades A* – C / 9 – 4 or Functional Skills Level 2 or recognised non-UK GCSE equivalencies in English and maths preferred; however, each application will be considered on an individual basis
  • Selection is by interview, initial screening, literacy and numeracy tests

We will invite you to a Meet the Tutor event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs or Functional Skills (Level 2) as part of their entry criteria please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.

All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that the course is the right choice based on previous educational and work experience.

Financial eligibility:

You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria.

Repaying your loan:

Access to Higher Education (HE) course: Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.