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.

Course Structure

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.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at a minimum of 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 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.

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, 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.

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.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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 FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].