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Bradford College

Access to Higher Education – Allied Health Professions

Qualification Gained
ASCENTIS Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Allied Health Professions
Study Level
Access to Higher Education, Adult, Level 3
1 year Full-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
David Hockney Building


The Online Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Allied Health Professions provides a broad-based experience for students over the age of 19 who wish to enter a range of Higher Education courses in the Health Professions subjects.

From this pathway, you may progress onto a degree in Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Radiography or other health-related degrees.

If you are interested in Nursing and Midwifery, please take a look at Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery.

  Key Info

You will develop skills in:

  • Independent Research
  • Referencing (Harvard)
  • Critical Thinking and Evaluative Skills
  • Word Processing (including the use of footnotes)
  • Time Management
  • ILT (Information and Learning Technology – including the use of Virtual Learning Environments and the library online
  • Solving or Offering Solutions to problems

You will need to be able to show that you can commit at least 20 hours each week to this course to study the course materials. You will also need to commit 8-10 hours of personal study each week for assignment and research work. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide support for university applications. You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto a Higher Education course.

You will also undertake modules specifically to support your vocational area of study and research projects:

  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Homeostasis, Co-ordination and Control of the Excretory System
  • Carrying out a Practical Investigation (Biology)
  • Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-intestinal Systems
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles
  • Introduction to Professional Healthcare Service and Practice
  • Principles of Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
  • Research Project (Professional Healthcare Practice)
  • Social and Community Welfare Provision
  • Preparing to Progress
  • ICT – Presentation Software
  • Developing Skills for Studying
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

All the Units within the Access courses are compulsory. Credits are awarded to you when you have successfully completed a Unit. All courses contain Units of Academic Preparation Skills.

Entry to this course requires GCSE English Language, Maths and Science at a grade 4 or C.

Dependent upon your progression route, level 2 qualifications may be accepted.

You are at least 19 years old on 1st September.

Students aged 18 will be considered in exceptional circumstances and on a case by case basis.

You must make sure your Maths and English qualifications are accepted for the degree course you want to progress onto after completing the Access Diploma.

Induction for this course will begin at the start of September.

You will have both formative and summative assessments for each unit. Formative assessments will be continuous and check your learning and understanding. These will include quizzes, online practice assessments and self-marked, reflective work.

Summative assessments will be assessed through a range of assessment methods such as reports, essays and presentations.

£3,384. Additional fees: You may need to have access to a laptop.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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