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Access to Higher Education diploma - Health Science Professions and Science

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Alternative Title Access to Higher Education Diploma - Health Science Professions and Science
Code P1889/1
Qualification Type Access to Higher Education
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


The Access to Higher Education Diploma is an alternative route to enter university for adults. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification by Higher Education institutions in the UK.

You can apply on the Grimsby Institute website here

If you want to go into Higher Education (HE) and study for a degree, but feel held back by a lack of qualifications or confidence, the Access to Higher Education course could be just what you need.

It allows people with a mature attitude towards learning, who may not have reached their full potential at school, or lack traditional qualifications, to return to education. The course is designed to build confidence, develop academic skills and fully prepare you for university.

The Access Diploma is credit-based and validated by the awarding body: CERTA. To successfully complete, students must obtain 60 credits at level 3. These include 45 credits which are graded, pass, merit or distinction and 15 level 3 credits which are ungraded.

The Access Diploma offers a choice of pathways. Students will need to select a pathway that is relevant to the degree subject area that they wish to pursue. The pathways are: Humanities, Education Professions, Health Science Professions, Science and Games Design. Units from each pathway are chosen that are relevant to individual career goals. All pathways include psychology and units of study skills.


Study Skills including: essay and report writing, referencing and how to improve exam techniques. You will also be guided through the UCAS application process and given the opportunity to explore your course and career choices. Pathway unit choices include:

Health Science Professions: Human Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Science (Biology), Nursing

Science: Human Biology, Psychology, Science (Biology), Environmental Science

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths, depending upon your future career choice. 

Commitment and motivation to succeed are important, this course requires a mature approach to learning.

Your next steps...

Successful students can progress to degree courses and Higher National Diplomas in a wide range of subject areas. Past students from the different pathways, for example, have undertaken degree courses in English, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Criminology, Computing, Business, Media Studies, Adult Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Biomedical Science, Environmental Studies and also Teacher Training.

They have attended a wide range of local universities including Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds, Bradford and Lincoln, with some going to universities further afield such as London and Cardiff. Many students progress to the wide range of degree courses available at University Centre Grimsby. 

The range of careers available to you will depend on your choice of Higher Education course.


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