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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Code ACCL3NMW
Attendance Online
Duration 1 year
Code ACCL3NMWOL
Awarding Body ASCENTIS
Level Access to Higher Education
Start Date 06/09/2021

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Course overview

The one year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery is designed for students over the age of 19 to progress to degrees in Nursing and Midwifery. As this course contains core Biology and Health studies modules, you can also progress to a wide range of related degrees including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and many more. If this area is of interest please also refer to the Access to HE Allied Health Professions.

What you'll study

Expect to spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course.  You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

All students attend classes in Biology, Social Issues in Healthcare, Study Skills, Academic Writing and Further Study Skills. You will complete 15 ungraded credits in:

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Further Study Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Social Issues in Heath Care

You will complete 24 graded units in Biology:

  • Human Reproductive Biology
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-intestinal Systems
  • Homeostasis, Co-ordination and Control and the Excretory Systems
  • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation
  • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles (Examination)
You will complete 21 graded united in social issues in health care the following social issues units which are graded:
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Work
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Research Project (Social Issues in Healthcare)
  • Family Issues
  • Health and Social Care Provision

The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • Expect to spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course.  You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

  • All students attend classes in Biology, Social Issues in Healthcare, Study Skills, Academic Writing and Further Study Skills. You will complete 15 ungraded credits in:

    • Academic Writing Skills
    • Further Study Skills
    • Study Skills
    • Introduction to Cell Biology
    • Introduction to Social Issues in Heath Care

    You will complete 24 graded units in Biology:

    • Human Reproductive Biology
    • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-intestinal Systems
    • Homeostasis, Co-ordination and Control and the Excretory Systems
    • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation
    • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles (Examination)
    You will complete 21 graded united in social issues in health care the following social issues units which are graded:
    • Effective Communication in Health and Social Work
    • Mental Health and Well-being
    • Research Project (Social Issues in Healthcare)
    • Family Issues
    • Health and Social Care Provision

    The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Assessment

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, laboratory practicals, research investigations and two end-of-year examinations.

You will have a combination of 15 ungraded and 45 graded units.

For the graded units, you will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry requirements

GCSE English
Grade 4 or C
GCSE Maths
Grade 4 or C
GCSE Science
Grade 4 or C

You must be aged 19 or over.

For information about our student services, please click here.

How to apply

Apply directly to the College.

Next steps

In addition to the skills gained in biology and healthcare practice you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills. You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto Higher Education. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.

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