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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
Start Date
Study Mode
Online Learning


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:

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Study Techniques
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Research Project (Biology)
  • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles
  • Aspects of Human Physiology
  • Infectious Disease, Biological and Drug Defences
  • Introduction to Professional Healthcare Service and Practice
  • Research Project (Professional Healthcare Practice)
  • Social and Community Welfare Provision
  • Health Promotion
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Work

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, Maths and Science at a grade 4 or C.

We will not accept level 2 equivalent qualifications.

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

You are at least 19 years old on 1st September (18 year olds will be accepted by exception / interview).

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.

Please note you will be need to attend Bradford College to undertake exams. These dates will be agreed at the start of the course.


Course fees are £3485, these fees can be self-funded or you can apply for an Adult Learner Loan to help to fund your studies.


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.

When you sign forms and accept a place at the College, you agree to abide by College rules and any changes made to them, and accept that we have the right to reject applicants. You also accept that there are certain circumstances that could prevent us from providing some services or programmes. These are: changes in Government funding policy, low class numbers; severe weather conditions; severe damage to buildings; circumstances which may affect the health and safety of staff and/or students, or any other relevant circumstances outside the reasonable control of the College. In these cases, we reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service.



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