Why choose this college course?
- RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – This Access to Higher Education Diploma will give you a nationally-recognised qualification to help meet the entry requirements for university
- BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Gain the necessary study skills and key knowledge for your chosen subject or career, as well as the independent learning skills needed for university study
- GREAT LEARNING SUPPORT – Enjoy a positive and supportive learning experience that will develop your skills and confidence to progress onto higher education
- MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Continue your learning journey to the next level at University College Birmingham, such as on our business or finance and accounting degrees. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course, once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it. (The higher education course must be eligible for student finance.)
Topics you will study:
Social science academic subjects
- Introduction to Sociology
- Introduction to Psychology
- Psychobiology of Stress
- Abnormal Psychology
- Research Topic
Health academic subjects
- Muscular Skeletal System
- Cell Metabolism
- Endocrine and Nervous System
- Respiratory and Circulatory System
- Disease and Prevention
- Nutrition and Digestion
Skills for Learning
- Preparing and Written Assignment
- Academic Writing Skills
- Preparing to Study
- Progression to Higher Education
Our Access to Higher Education Diploma course has been designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education. Applicants must have at least three years’ life experience outside of formal education gained since completing formal education. Experience does not need to be in a subject-related field.
- GCSE English Language or Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent
- A minimum of grade 3 or equivalent must be achieved in the subject where a grade 4 or equivalent has not been achieved
- If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting documents required
Applicants will also be required to submit a reference from a previous or current employment role. Please where possible submit this with your application by emailing your reference to email@example.com
There may be the opportunity to study GCSE maths or Functional Skills English alongside the course as part of your studies.
For applicants who need to retake their maths and English alongside studying the Access to HE Diploma, please note that we cannot guarantee these lectures will fall between 10am and 3pm.
Teaching and assessment
Learning will be assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you for study at university – these may include essays, report writing, online assessment and presentations.
In order to successfully complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health), you must achieve a total of 60 credits (including social science academic subjects, health academic subjects and Skills for Learning).
You must achieve 60 credits at Level 3. 45 are Graded Credits in Academic Modules at Pass, Merit or Distinction, and 15 are Ungraded Credits in Skills for Learning.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.
Please note: small changes to the timetable may occur and the provided document may be updated
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Accreditations, endorsements and partnerships
University College Birmingham works with a wide range of organisations to ensure you receive the best possible training and qualifications recognised by industry.
My teachers have the time and patience to explain any questions raised. What I have learned has helped me organise my assignments, learn how to research essential information on the internet and in text books, and given me a fair idea about what I will be studying at the University.
Progression and career opportunities
This course is designed to enable your progression onto higher education. Depending on entry requirements, you could continue onto a degree at University College Birmingham, such as Nursing, Physiotherapy, Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner) and Health and Social Care.
With further study, possible future career options open to you include:
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Learning disability nurse
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Mental health nurse
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Note: The example roles and salaries are intended as a guide only.
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