Access to Higher Education - Nursing/Midwifery (OCN) Level
All applications for this course must
be submitted before Friday 8th August.
Any applications received after this date will be:
- considered for entry onto the level 2,
‘Stepping up to Access’ course
- added to the reserve list for Level 3
The aim of the course is to give mature
learners a second chance at education which will
facilitate entry to broad range of health and care
related Higher Educational programmes, such as BSc
(Honours) Nursing and BSc (Honours) Midwifery. The
course will enable students to develop confidence, self-esteem
and interpersonal skills alongside the academic skills
required for higher studies. To achieve the Access to
HE Diploma 60 Access credits are required, 45 of which must be at
All modules are internally assessed and graded and internally
and externally moderated. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or
The course is made up of as follows:
- Personal & Professional Development
- English & Communication
- Study Skills
Subject specific units from:
- Human Biology
- Research methods
These units are subject to change
The course can be studied as follows
One year programme (Studying at
12.5 hours per week of timetabled sessions
will be delivered using a blended approach which combines direct
tutor contact with distance learning using the college virtual
learning environment. In addition, you will be expected to
complete a minimum of 12 hours per week of independent study.
Course Entry Requirements
Level 3 Access to HE
Applicants must possess GCSEs in English and
Maths at grade C or above, with the exception
of mitigating evidence, subject to the approval of
the Assistant Director. A recent study of science would
be an advantage but not essential.
Applicants must be able to evidence a minimum
of 75 hours relevant work experience (within the last 5 years),
with the capacity to evidence 150 hours before the course
starts. (References will be requested).
Please make sure you bring copies of
your existing qualifications with you to the
Recruitment onto Access courses is a three
stage process which begins following receipt of your
This process will be used to provide
individual guidance onto an appropriate level / route of study.
- Stage One: Skills Review (Maths and
- Stage Two: Diagnostic Assessment (A more
indepth Maths and English assessment).
- Stage Three: Interview.
Offers are made on a first come, first served
basis, following the interview. Failure to attend any one of these
stages could impact on your chances of securing a place.
In preparation for achieving the level three
Access to HE Diploma by the fastest route possible you should
consider the following:
- Achieving (or updating) Maths GCSE C or above.
- Achieving (or updating) English GCSE C or above.
- Achieving (or updating) Science GCSE C or above.
(You can arrange a brush up on one or both of
these subjects by contacting the basic skills team on 0800 358
- Specific University entry requirements such as GCSEs or
- Specific University work experience requirements, either paid
Or why not consider doing our 'Stepping
up to Access' course which can include GCSEs in Maths,
English and much more.
Once on the one year full-time course you will
be required to complete an application for a University place
straight away. Therefore, prior research is essential. Please refer
to the University websites or visit http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ to explore your
career options and/or visit our careers drop in service during the
- Monday and Wednesday 1pm-5pm.
- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm.
Please note: Most
University courses require that you have RELEVANT work experience
(paid or voluntary) prior to submitting your application for a
University place. If you need to do voluntary work to gain
relevant experience then you will be advised to complete the
Access course over 2 years. See details of our 'Stepping up to Access' level 2 course.
24+ Advanced Learning Loans - Loans may be
available for learners over the age of 24. For further information,
see our Financial
Support pages or https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/overview
Please Note: This course is designed to
meet the needs of students over the age of 19 and as such it is not
funded for students aged between 16 and 19 when the course
commences; although this age group is not excluded students will
have to pay full fees, which are currently approximately
On successful completion of the course you
will be prepared for entry onto a HE programme, such as the BA
(Hons) and BSc Nursing or Midwifery.
Course Career Prospects
The Health Service, both public and private, offers broad
ranging and challenging careers. Previous learners have gone
on to study adult nursing degrees with the aim of working in
A&E/Trauma, Genito-urinary/sexual health, and community
nursing. Past learners also include ODPs (Operating
Department Practitioners), Paramedics, Paediatric nurses, and
Useful careers websites:
If you are unsure about your career progression please contact
the Careers Team.
For Specific Course Information Contact
Course Leader: Peter Lyon 01302553553 ext 2765 firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Leader: Carmel McHugh 01302 553553 ext 4411 email@example.com
Admin Assistant: Ann Thompson 01302 553716 firstname.lastname@example.org
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