When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code K21SHEJ02A

What you will learn

Access courses are nationally recognised Level 3 qualifications, validated by the awarding body Ascentis. These qualifications are designed for adults (19+) who have been out of full-time education for some time and are aiming to progress into higher education study. The Access to HE Diploma in Nursing is an intensive programme that will provide you with the foundation knowledge of the health care profession and human anatomy and physiology. The course will build your confidence and give you the core knowledge and key skills you need to succeed at University. The course offers an equal balance of theory and practice when learning about a career in Nursing. You will also learn important study skills relevant to studying science, including undertaking effective research, collecting and analysing scientific data and writing experiment reports and essays. Additional modules will help you develop your study and research skills and assist with your personal development for further study.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Professional Healthcare Practice
  • Healthcare Professionals: The role of the Nurse (3 Credits)
  • Health Studies: Interpersonal Skills in Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • Psychology: Treating Disorders (3 Credits)
  • Human Physiology: Aspects of Human Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles, Practical Investigation (Human Physiology) (15 credits)
  • Social Issues in Healthcare: Human Growth and Development (6 Credits)
  • Study Skills: Developing Skills for Examination, Researching and Understanding Opportunities for Higher Education, Creative Presentation, Critical Thinking. ICT-Skills and uses for Higher Education (15 credits)

Class format and activities

The Diploma is made up of units that amount to 60 Level 3 credits. The 60 credits include 45 Credits in graded units and 15 credits in ungraded study skills. The course is made up of 15-20 units at 3-6 credits each. You will be taught in various ways including lectures, workshops, seminars, self-directed study, research exercises, group-learning and work-based activity and tutorials. Morley also reinforces teaching through the use of e-learning that enables you to learn interactively using the internet, with self-tests and quizzes as well as online lecture notes being made available. The assessment methods include assignments, presentations, exams, and class tests, suitably geared toward vocational learners. There is a tutorial session built in the timetable to allow you to have a one to one with your personal tutor. In addition, there is a study support class which is available to all students to further support your studies. The number of Tariff points for the Access to HE Diploma varies between 48 and 144 points, dependent on your grade profile.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over and have GCSE English and Maths at grade A-C / 4-9 or Level 2 Equivalent. These are set to mirror the requirements set by most universities, but please be aware that some universities will not accept equivalent qualifications such as functional skills. You will be invited to a 30 – 45 minute interview with one of the course tutors. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5/7, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

What you need to know before you enrol

The course runs from the beginning of September to the end of June and your timetable will normally be over three days a week. This may include a mixture of teaching in college and online. Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required to complete the course successfully. Due to the volume of scientific ideas and principles covered, as well as their applications, students should be prepared to allow a minimum of 6 hours per week of individual study outside of lessons. This requires dedication and commitment if you are going to succeed. 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. Applicants are expected to show a high degree of verbal and written communication skills. You will have researched which university will offer the nursing degree you are interested in. Please note, an additional requirement from some universities is to undertake a work placement, in which case you will be required to pass a criminal record check (through the Disclosure and Barring Service).

What you need

You should arrive to your lessons prepared to learn with pens, pencils and a writing pad. You should also invest in a ruler, some graph paper and a scientific calculator. All other resources and materials you need will be provided. In the event of teaching moving online, you will need a computer with internet access for online lessons on a daily basis.

What you can do next

On successful completion of the course you will be able to progress on to a degree programme at University or any higher education study. Once you have a degree you could work in branches of nursing (adult, children, mental health or learning disability) and then branch out into a range of specialist career paths, such as Health Visitor, Oncology Nurse, Substance Abuse Nurse, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Ward Manager, Lecturer in Nursing, Nurse Consultant, Director of Nursing, and Midwifery consultant.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free, or via a Student Loan