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

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Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements tab Assessment: Written assignments, presentations and exams. Awarding Body: Laser Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan Fees (September 2023): £3384.00

Why this course?

Health and social care
  • Gain skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in healthcare
  • Dedicated support from tutors to help you with your university application
  • Benefit from short placements provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to broaden your perspective of healthcare in practice

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 to help prepare you for university admissions tests and interviews.

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. However, it is essential that you check this course meets the requirements for the degree you wish to apply for.

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

Health and Care Academy

GB MET is working in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to help train the next generation of healthcare professionals. The Trust is offering a number of short practice based placements exclusively for GB MET students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing & Healthcare as part of their course.

Find out more about the Health and Care Academy

Find out more about this course by watching our recent Webinar and Q&A video here.


Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE1033-1C 04 Sep 2023 Central Brighton TBC 36 weeks £3384.00 Apply

Entry requirements

If you choose to study on our evening class you must have GCSE English and Maths Grade 9-4 (A* - C).

GCSE Science is preferable.

Work experience in Health or Social Care is an advantage, however, it is not essential and applications from people with different backgrounds are welcomed.

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

Entry requirements

Course content

Access to Nursing & Healthcare is an intensive course with an ethos of hard work and commitment. You will be supported to achieve the highest grades you can in every formal assignment, and encouraged to find solutions to the challenges you will meet on the way. This is what makes our course the very best preparation for university and for the professional arena in the future. 

The full Access Diploma is worth 60 level three credits; 45 are graded credits and the remaining 15 must be achieved but are ungraded.

The units are: 

  • Developing Professional Practice in Healthcare
  • Understanding Health Promotion and Health Education
  • The Sociology of Health
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • The Effects of Stress
  • Cells, Tissues and Organs for Healthcare
  • Homeostasis for Healthcare
  • Blood, Circulation and Gaseous Exchange for Healthcare
  • Disease and Body Defence
  • Reproductive Biology for Healthcare
  • Mendelian and Applied Genetics for Healthcare
  • Independent Academic Research (Professional Studies)

Why the MET?

  • Two specialised laboratories - chemistry and microbiology.
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment.
  • Library and computing facilities.
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support.
  • A hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value.

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

Level 3 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here

Course fees

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19+ studying on Access to HE courses. 

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.


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