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  • nursing

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Awarding/validation body:

    OCN London


Course Overview

Access to Nursing

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.

The Nursing Diploma is suitable for those who have been out of full-time education for some time and aiming to join university or higher education courses. This qualification requires a maturity of approach and a high level of commitment. In addition, applicants need a successful interview and screening and must have sufficient time to devote to their studies.
This is a qualification designed for:
o adults with a current or previous role or interest in Adult Nursing, Child Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing.
o adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a nurse related profession.

Access to University is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full, 100%, attendance throughout the course.
Good English and Maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects therefore, Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

Academic and tutorial support is given throughout the course, and you’ll receive help and advice with your university application throughout the UCAS process.

This programme is very popular complete your application early.


Course Highlights

o We offer fantastic extra-curricular activities such as Macmillan fund raising and Walking for health at Macmillan Resource Centre at Croydon University Hospital and many more volunteering opportunities to support your Personal Statement.
o Excellent progression to universities especially London South Bank University
o The course will help you to develop the essential academic skills of critical thinking, evaluation and analysis. All of which will prepare you for independent study at university.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Nursing. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Adult Nursing, Child Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Midwifery and related Health Studies degrees. In addition, some colleges offer internal progression to, for example, their Higher National Diplomas in Health and Social Care or Public Health.

In addition, internal progression to:
• Foundation Degree in Public Health and Social care degree at the Croydon’s University Centre
BSc in Adult Nursing (Roehampton University) – Croydon University Centre and the University of Roehampton have announced their partnership to deliver a new BSc in Adult Nursing course for 2021, with applications now open.


The core subjects for Access to Higher Education Diploma – Nursing are study skills, human biology, nursing studies and psychology. Tutorial support is also embedded into the programme.
o The Access to Nursing course is delivered over three days.
o Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: formal reports, presentations, written assessments, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, exams, case studies and reflective statements.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be required to take an English and Mathematics paper-based assessment, regardless of previous qualifications.

• Candidates are required to have GCSE English Language grade C/4 and GCSE maths at a minimum grade D/3 OR Functional Skills English at Level 2 and Maths at Level 1 or equivalent overseas academic qualifications to be accepted on this course.
• A satisfactory reference must be received.
o You will need to sit an assessment and depending on your results, you could study at least one Level 2 Functional Skills course alongside Access. This option is intensive, so you’ll need to be committed to studying the extra hours.

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.

o Check if you’re eligible (link here to before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
o Apply for the Advanced Learner Loan (Click here to go to
o Contact Student Finance – Click here link (

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.