Course Overview

The one year 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. This pathway may allow progression to a degree in Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Radiography or other health-related degrees.
If you are interested specifically in Nursing and Midwifery, please refer to our Access program Nursing & Midwifery.  


Course Structure

All students attend classes in Biology, Professional Healthcare Practice, 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 Professional Healthcare Service and Practice
You will complete 27 graded units in biology:
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-intestinal Systems
  • Homeostasis, Co-ordination and Control and the Excretory Systems
  • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation (Biology)
  • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles (Examination)
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles 
  • Foundations in Pharmacology 
You will complete 18 graded credits in Professional Healthcare Practice:
  • Research Project (Professional Healthcare Practice)
  • Health Promotion
  • Social and Community Welfare Provision (Alternative Assessment)
  • Psychological Issues Impacting on Health Needs

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



Entry Requirements

GCSE English, Maths and Biology at Grade C/4

You must be aged 19 or over.

Application should be made direct to the College.


How Will I Learn?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, group work, practicals and tutorials.
You will be supported throughout your studies by a personal tutor.

Skills You Will Develop

In addition to the skills gained in biology and Professional Health Care 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.

Expect Also 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.

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, research investigations, laboratory work 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.

Things You May Need

Scientific calculator

USB stick.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Email: [email protected].