Access to HE Diploma: Health and Human Science (Nursing, Midwifery and Health)

When and Where

9 Sep 2019 - 25 Jun 2020 (459 hours, 34 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 18:00 - 21:00
Monday 15:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 13:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 18:00 - 19:30
Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30
Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Thursday 16:00 - 17:30
Thursday 14:00 - 15:30
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:30 - 12:30
Morley College London


Full fee
£3384 Student loan information
Concession fee
Concession Fee discount not applicable
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Amanda Dunne, Carol King, Garo Avakian, Katherine Frieda, Kris Knauer, Maggie Baird, Sarah Kenny, Sue Jacob
Course code

This course may be free. To find out if you are eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan and Fee Remission, click here.

What you will learn

An Access to HE Diploma in Health and Human Sciences could be your first step towards a career in the nursing, midwifery, or allied health professions, such as radiography, physiotherapy, dietetics, nutrition, or occupational therapy. This course provides a thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills you will need to prepare for a health-related degree. All students take modules in study skills, biology and psychology, then select one of the following options: nursing studies, midwifery studies, biochemistry (for dietetics or physiotherapy), or physics (for radiography). The timetable is designed to fit around work and childcare commitments, with daytime and evening options available (ask for our course leaflet). Applicants for degree courses in nursing, midwifery or health degree courses are expected to have significant work experience (either paid or voluntary) within a health or care environment.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Study Skills: Note taking, Writing standard English, Finding and reading information, Report writing, Essay writing (15 credits)
  • Biology: Human biology, Transport and respiration, The muscular-skeletal system, The endocrine system, The nervous system (15 credits)
  • Psychology: Biological psychology, Health psychology, Psychological abnormality, Cross cultural psychology, Developmental psychology (15 credits)
  • Nursing Studies (option): The role of the health or social care professional, Ethical dilemmas, The NHS and social policy, Theories of health and illness, Health education and promotion (15 credits)
  • Midwifery Studies (option): Ethical dilemmas, The role of the midwife in ante-natal care, The role of the midwife in labour and birth, The NHS and social policy, Health education and promotion (15 credits)
  • Biochemistry (option): Matter: particles and formulae, Molecular structure, cells, water and pH, Biological chemistry, Carbohydrates and lipids, Biochemistry of nucleic acids (15 credits)
  • Physics (option): Electricity, Waves, Atomic Physics, Algebra, Medical imaging (15 credits)

Class format and activities

This is a flexible Access programme offering a choice of pathways to fit different progression aims, such as Nursing, Midwifery and allied health professions. There are a range of attendance options, with some modules offered in both the daytime and evening, allowing students to fit their studies around work and caring commitments (see sample timetables)
• Daytime option (5 half day sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
• Evening option (4 evenings: Monday – Thursday)
• Day/evening option (5 half day sessions: Wednesday, Thursday)
To achieve the Access to HE Diploma students must achieve 60 credits: 45 @ L3 (graded) and 15 @ L3 (ungraded study skills)
All students attend one session per week for Tutorial, Study Skills, Biology and Psychology
Students select one option from: Nursing Studies, Midwifery Studies, Physics or Biochemistry

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

• You must be aged 19 or over.
• You should have GCSEs in Maths and English (grades A – C or grades 4 - 9) or a recognised equivalent. You will need these two qualifications in addition to the Access to HE Diploma to progress to university.
• Pass an entry test in English and Maths
• We do not expect you to have any formal qualifications in Science, although some prior knowledge of biology would be an advantage.

What you need to know before you enrol

Your Access course will be very enjoyable, but also requires real dedication and commitment if you are going to succeed. Your course requires attendance around two and a half days a week and the course runs from the beginning of September to the end of June. We endeavour to prepare students for the demands of a University degree course in just nine short months. It is therefore essential that you think about how you are going to balance work, family and social life with your studies. Assessment of the Access to HE diploma is by coursework completed throughout the year. You will be expected to do regular reading and written work in addition to your attendance in classes.

Working as a health professional requires a range of skills, experience and personal qualities in addition to the Access to HE Diploma. Applicants for degrees in the health professions sit entry tests in English and Maths at the university, as well as attend a group or individual interview. Applicants are expected to show a high degree of verbal and written communication skills. Work experience in a relevant health or care setting is normally an essential entry requirement (either through paid employment or voluntary work).

What you will need for your class

Paper, pens, pencil, ruler, scientific calculator

What you can do next

This programme prepares students for degree courses in
• Nursing (Adult / Children’s / Learning Disabilities / Mental Health )
• Midwifery
• Other health related subjects (eg Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Health Promotion, Paramedic Science, Radiography

Other higher education courses such as HND Health and Social Care