Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Health & Health Sciences | Level 3

Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths Grade 4 (C) or above. Assessment: A mixture of essays, presentations and tests. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health and Health Sciences Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

On this course you’ll develop your knowledge in a range of health science disciplines that will prepare you for entry into higher education.

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

The course consists of 60 credits. All units are at Level 3.

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 ?
FE0025-1C 03 Sep 2020 Central Brighton 3 days per week (days to be confirmed) 36 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 4 (C) or above.

What's next?

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

 

This course is a recognised entry qualification to higher education into many roles allied to medicine, such as nursing, midwifery, paramedic practice, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and operating department practice.

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

Course units

• Cells

• Genetics, Pathogens and Immunity

• Body Movement

• Digestion and Excretion

• Body System Coordination

• Understanding Epidemiology

• Understanding Human Health and Disease

• Chemistry for Biology

• Biochemistry

• Enzymes

• The Effects of Stress

• Applied Stress Management

• Extended Independent Academic Study (Science)

• Maths for the Natural Sciences

• A range of academic/study skill units

Course aims

This access course also prepares you for higher education by increasing self confidence in your learning ability as well as developing the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills.

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

In addition to your core subjects, you will also have the opportunity to choose a topic for study to produce an independent research project.


  • Student testimonials

    Alice Williams

    "I have always wanted to work in nursing but had no formal qualifications so did not meet the entry requirements for the Access course. The MET offered me a free pre-Access course which enabled me to develop my study skills, improve my English and maths and gain GCSEs in these. I then enrolled on the Access Health Sciences course. The teachers were extremely helpful and supportive and I really enjoyed the course. Having decided to apply for a degree in nursing, I was given lots of advice and guidance by my Access personal tutor to help me prepare my UCAS application, including helping me to draft an effective personal statement. I was delighted to be offered a place at Brighton University where I successfully completed the three-year degree. After university, I secured my dream job in nursing and am now training to become a gynaecologist."

    Holly Thornton

    "The health and health science Access course helped to prepare me for my university interviews and for a 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. I would not be in my second year at Plymouth University now studying to become a paramedic if it wasn’t for the Access course."

    Holly Adcock

    "I am currently in my third and final year of studying Paramedic Practice BSc at University of Surrey. Prior to this I studied the Access course at the MET.

    I cannot recommend it enough! It really helped me develop and refine the academic skills and knowledge that I needed for my degree. The anatomy and physiology modules were more in depth than those in my first year of my university course, so I was well ahead of the game.

    The modules on academic writing skills and specifically referencing really helped me when it came to writing assignments for my university studies.

    The modules on descriptive statistics made my head spin, but I’m very grateful for them now that I am writing my dissertation and having to get my head around the research articles available.

    Going back to college to do my Access course in 2014, five years after finishing my A-Levels, was one of the best choices I’ve ever made because it allowed me to progress on to university, and in six months time I will qualify as a paramedic!

    I am really enjoying university, I am finding the assignments interesting, and I absolutely love being out on placement in the back of an ambulance.

    When I qualify I want to work for South East Coast Ambulance service, potentially in the Worthing area. So keep an eye out for me!"

    Hannah McMillan

    "Doing this Access course was the best decision I made for my learning. I didn’t get along with traditional college and A-Levels but I knew I wanted to go to university to study midwifery which is why this course was perfect. I learnt things relevant to healthcare, some of the key biology needed and the lessons always kept me engaged. The workload prepared me so well for university, and it was nice to have a head start on how to reference my work correctly - something which a lot of my cohort didn’t know when we started at uni. I found having to do my own research especially useful and gave me lots of things to talk about during my interviews! 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 the MET!

    I am now in my 2nd year at King's College London and loving it and hoping to get a job at King's College Hospital next year!"

    Eunice Ngina

    "The Access course and its supportive tutors prepared me really well for my university degree course in Criminology and Sociology at Sussex University. I felt that I knew so much more than many other students on my course, due to the amount of information we were taught, and I felt so much more prepared for the different assessments, resulting in no surprises when I arrived at university. The Access course has given me the confidence to contribute to class discussions, which I would have thought next-to-impossible a year ago. I have also achieved grade ones for my first module assignments."

    Samantha Cooper

    "I studied at Brighton MET in September 2013 doing the Health and Health Sciences course with the aim of one day becoming a midwife. The course and support I received led to me being offered five university placements of which I took up City University of London 2014. I qualified as a midwife in September 2018 and now I work in one of the UK’s busiest hospitals on the labour ward and could not be happier."

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 travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public
Why the MET?

What's next?

Preparation for entry onto most health-related degree programmes at universities across the country.

This course is a recognised entry qualification to higher education into many roles allied to medicine, such as nursing, midwifery, paramedic practice, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and operating department practice.

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

What's next?

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.
Course fees
  • 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!”

  • 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 Alice Williams Access to Higher Education Diploma - Health and Health Sciences Level 3

    “GBMet offered me a free pre-Access course which enabled me to develop my study skills. I was delighted to be offered a place at Brighton University where I successfully completed the 3 year degree. After university, I secured my dream job in nursing and am now training to become a gynaecologist.”

  • student Views Toni-Marie Peach Health & Health Sciences

    “Doing an Access Course is like being on a 10 looped roller coaster....it makes you want to cry but in the end you're are so glad you've done it!”

  • student Views Annette Mably Health & Health Sciences

    “With the support from my personal tutor, my lecturers and my sheer determination I managed to juggle it all smoothly and earn the grades I needed to follow my dream.”

  • student Views Rosie May Collof Watson Health & Health Sciences

    “The support we received was lifesaving. Phil, our tutor, could not have gone more out of his way to help us.”

  • student Views Uma Neupane Health & Health Sciences

    “My achievement is based on the tutors broad experience and dedication of teaching methods and illustrations through numerous practical lessons which contribute to understanding.”

  • student Views Julia Maciel Health & Health Sciences

    “Going back to study at 33 yrs old was the best decision I have ever made!”

  • student Views Sabina Jones Health & Health Sciences

    “With the excellent support of teachers and students it becomes one of the most rewarding experiences and will get you to where you want to be.”

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