Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health & Social Care/Nursing & Midwifery)

Helping to improve lives through care, support and education, a career in the Nursing, Health & Social Care sector is extremely fulfilling.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Part Time
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      34 weeks
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  • Overview

    Course content:

    • Higher Education Toolkit
    • Introduction to Professional Healthcare Service & Practice
    • Social & Community Welfare
    • Principles of Safeguarding in Health & Social Work
    • History Taking & Initial Assessment
    • Mental Health Issues
    • Introduction to Cell Biology
    • Planning a Practical investigation
    • Aspects of Human Physiology
    • Anatomy & Physiology of the Human Skeleton & Muscles
    • Midwifery
    • Infectious disease, drug and biological defences

    You will also plan and carry out a research project and develop your study skills in: note taking, planning / structuring essays, critical and creative thinking and effective referencing.

  • Entry Requirements

    GCSE English and maths at Grade A*-C/ 9-4 or equivalent.

    Acceptable equivalents are Basic Skills, Level 2 Literacy & Numeracy, Functional Skills Level 2 and Key Skills Level 3 Application of Number or Communications.

    Although not a requirement for this course, GCSE English and maths at grade A*-C/9-4 may be a requirement for progression to some careers and Higher Education Programmes.

    Applicants wishing to progress to Midwifery will need a minimum of GCSE English and maths at Grade A*-C/9-4 depending on individual University entry requirements.

    You will also be required to attend an interview with a member of our admissions team.

    Please be aware that if your long-term goal is to work within the healthcare professions, it will be necessary to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at your place of employment. If you have a criminal conviction this may exclude you from working in some job roles.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment will be via assignment work, research projects, examinations, reports and reflective accounts.

  • Progression Pathway

    On successful completion of this course you will be able to progress to a higher level qualification / degree.

    It is important that prior to enrolling you research and contact the institution you wish to progress to, to ensure you are aware of the entry requirements for your chosen progression route and that this access course will be accepted as an entry requirement.


  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.

  • Delivery Method - Classroom

    This course is currently fully delivered in the classroom. This is under regular review and any changes will be updated here.