Access to Higher Education: Health, Science Professions Level 3 Full-time (FHSC)

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC299
Qualification Type Access to Higher Education
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you. This course is for those interested in a career in nursing or other health-related occupations such as Midwifery, radiography, physiotherapy and paramedical science.

You can choose the following study times:

•Monday and Tuesday 9.15am – 5.30pm

•Monday and Thursday 9.15am-5.30pm

•Monday and Tuesday 1.30pm-9pm


You will be expected to carry out a substantial amount of self-study in your own time. There is a mixture of study methods employed on both programmes e.g. lectures, practical experiments, group workshops and discussions to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning. The curriculum content comprises of:

•Health: you will study different aspects of health and disease, explore alternative and complementary therapies and evaluate health care interventions

•Psychology: you will explore the theoretical basis of human behaviour through study of child development, health psychology perspectives, social interaction and psychological disorders

•Biology: to include the structure and function of human circulation and gas exchange, nutrition and digestion, human urinary system, coordination, cell transport; endocrine system, musculo-skeletal system, human sex and reproduction. (27 Credits available)

•Study Skills (which underpin all of the subject units): academic writing skills, presentations, and exam techniques

How will it be delivered?

You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work e.g. an essay, a report, a presentation and/or group work. Although there is no formal examination end of module tests are used to collect some evidence needed for assessment.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be 19 when the course commences in September
  • You will need to have GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C or above and at least a grade D in science. Level 2 equivalents are not accepted for English and mathematics
  • Learners MUST provide certificate(s) of qualification(s) gained
  • All learners wishing to progress to university should have experience of vocational/voluntary work within their intended specialist area, prior to commencing the course
  • Prospective students will be required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme and will be required to demonstrate sufficient fluency in reading and writing English

Your next steps...

On completion of this programme, you could apply for training in a career such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy or other paramedical professions such as chiropody, laboratory technician, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedical science, operating department technician, cardiology or audiology. You could also apply for other degrees such as Social Work; Health and Community Studies; Psychology, Justice and Criminology.

Students wishing to apply to University are advised to contact the relevant admissions tutor to check that the course is acceptable as an entry qualification for the degree programme they wish to enter.