Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Nursing & Healthcare Professions | Level 3

Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Broadwater Campus Assessment: Written assignments, exams and presentations. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Nursing and Healthcare Professions Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: The course consists of 60 credits. All units are at Level 3. Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

This one year course aims to prepare you for university-level academic study and will help you to improve essential skills in essay writing and research. On this course you’ll develop your knowledge in a range of healthcare disciplines that will prepare you for entry into higher education.

As well as learning about areas such as anatomy and biology, genetics, human physiology and psychology you will also be provided with the ideal opportunity to improve your general academic skills. 

The specialist subjects will provide you with a sound knowledge of healthcare that will prepare you for the first year of any health-related degree course.

Students on this course progress into a range of careers including medicine, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, and mental health services.

Access to HE course fees are TBC for the academic year 2020/2021.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
FE0204-1C 03 Sep 2020 Broadwater 1 day per week 34 weeks £3384.00 Apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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Entry requirements

You must have GCSE English and Maths Grade 9-4 (A* - C).

GCSE Science is preferable.

You will be required to attend an interview with a member of the department. 

Entry requirements

Course units

 • Extended Independent Academic Study (Professional Studies) 

• Cells, tissues and organs for healthcare

• Cell division and reproductive biology for healthcare

• Mendelian and applied genetics for healthcare

• The musculoskeletal system for healthcare

• Digestion and the liver for healthcare

• Energy for healthcare

• Blood, circulation and defence for healthcare

• Understanding Human Health & Disease

• The Effects of Stress

• Applied stress management

• Understanding Health Promotion and Health Education

• Developing professional practice in healthcare

Course aims

The aim of our Access courses is to inspire passion in your subject, and at the same time, build confidence and put you at ease with achieving university level standards.

If you didn't get the grades you needed at college, or if you never considered university an option but have now decided you'd like to continue your education, an Access course is for you.

All your classes will be highly engaging and enable you to be involved and assessed by a range of methods including presentations, essays, reports, discussions, presentations, short answer tasks, and research studies.

This course delivers the following academic study skills:

• Essay Skills 

• Reviewing and planning for the future   

• Descriptive statistics  

• Research Skills for Academic Study  

• Communication and Presentation Skills 

Why the MET?

We support students to gain the confidence to return to academic study after being out of education for a period-of-time.

Full support is given to complete the UCAS application process, including guidance on the university interview processes.

Supportive tutors encourage high achievement and successful applications to university.

The class environment encourages peer support and encouragement.

Students attend college one day a week.

Why the MET?

What's next?

This course is preparation for entry onto most health-related degree programmes at universities across the country.

You will gain an excellent foundation of knowledge in the key areas of Nursing and Healthcare and develop the necessary skills for academic study; these include learning how to critically evaluate theories and research, planning essays and writing in an academic style.

Additionally, in the first term, you will complete a unit which will guide you through the UCAS application process and help you choose a course that is right for you.

The progression rate to university is very high with the majority of students securing their first choice.


This course is a recognised entry qualification to higher education.

Following further study you will be able to pursue a career in a variety of roles allied to medicine, such as nursing, midwifery, paramedic practice, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and operating department practice. 


Course fees

The cost and whether or not you have to pay for your course depends on your age, circumstances and educational history. To find out which category applies to you, please visit our course fees page.
If you are not eligible for discounted fees you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Students need access to a computer to complete assignment work and research. All assignment work is submitted electronically.

Books need only be purchased at the student’s discretion as a range of resources are provided electronically at no cost.

Course fees
  • Views Emma Dockerill Access to Higher Education Diploma - Health and Health Sciences Level 3

    “I must thank you for all your kind work with me on the Access Course. It has totally set me up for university life! I do believe that your teaching during the Access Course set me up for success, I am always telling people how brilliant the course is!”

  • alumni Views Holly Thornton Access to Higher Education Diploma - Health and Health Sciences Level 3

    “The health and health science access course at Northbrook MET helped to prepare me for my university interviews and for university course in general. The modules on the course are really relevant and you feel one step ahead of the others once you are at university.”

  • alumni Views Holly Adcock Access to Higher Education Diploma - Health and Health Sciences Level 3

    “I am currently in my final year of studying Paramedic Practice BSc at University of Surrey. Prior to this I studied the Access course at Northbrook MET. I cannot recommend this course enough! It really helped me develop and refine the academic skills and knowledge that I needed for my degree.”

  • alumni Views Hannah McMillan Access to Higher Education Diploma - Health and Health Sciences Level 3

    “The support given overall was fantastic and I don’t think I would have gotten into the top midwifery degree in the county without all the help from the tutors at Northbrook MET!”

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