Access to Higher Education - Nursing/Midwifery (OCN) Level
The aim of the course is to give mature
learners a second chance at education which will facilitate access
to Higher Educational programmes such as BSc (Honours) Community
Health and Leadership Studies and BSc (Honours) Midwifery. The
course also enables students to develop confidence, self-esteem and
enhance their interpersonal skills. 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
Programme/Course Structure (Route
1 and 2)
The course is made up of as follows:
- Personal & Professional Development
- English & Communication
- Study Skills
Subject specific units from:
- Human Biology
- Principles of Care
The course can be studied as follows
One year programme (Studying at
The timetable usually works out at 2.5 days a
week in lessons plus 2.5 days in self directed study.
Course Entry Requirements
Level 3 Access to HE
GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or
· In some cases
GCSE Equivalences such as functional skills and Key
Skills will be considered alongside diagnostic and
departmental assessment results
· Recent study of
science would be an advantage for progression onto the science
based Access Diplomas such as Science & Health, and Nursing
Please make sure you bring copies of your
existing qualifications with you to the interview.
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 in
depth 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.
(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
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: some university
courses require that you must 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 need to consider completing the Access
course over 2 years.
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 deandsigned 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
Career routes relevant to this course could include nursing and
Useful careers websites:
If you are unsure about your career progression please contact
the Careers Team.
For Specific Course Information Contact
Ann Thompson 01302 553716 email@example.com
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