Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Health & Health Sciences | 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. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health and Health Sciences Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan Fees (September 2022): £3384.00

Why this course?

Access to HE Science

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.

You will also be supported with your UCAS application and to prepare for university admissions interviews.

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

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0025-1C 13 Sep 2022 Central Brighton 9.00am - 5.00pm | Three days per week (Days TBC) 36 weeks £3384.00 Apply
  • 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 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.
  • student Views Toni-Marie Peach Health & Health Sciences
    Doing an Access Course is like being on a 10 looped roller 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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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Entry requirements

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

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

Entry requirements

Course units

Access to Health and Health Sciences 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.

Graded units:

  • Cells, Tissues and Organs for Healthcare
  • Homeostasis for Healthcare
  • The Musculoskeletal System for Healthcare
  • Reproductive Biology for Healthcare
  • Blood, Circulation and Gaseous Exchange for Healthcare
  • Mendelian and Applied Genetics for Healthcare
  • Disease and Body Defence
  • Biochemistry
  • Enzymes
  • Drugs and Food Additives
  • The Effects of Stress
  • Applied Stress Management
  • Extended Independent Academic Research

Ungraded units:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Reviewing and Planning for the Future
  • Research Skills for Academic Study
  • Using ICT for Study
  • Practical Mathematics for Nursing

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.

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?

Cost & Finance

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

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. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

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.

Cost & Finance

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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