Course Overview

The highly successful Access to H.E course offered at JLC gives mature students (19+) the opportunity to study part time, term time only and with some flexible study hours towards a career change into the health and care services. The course has produced consistently outstanding results over many years with full academic, study skills and UCAS support being given, so you will be fully prepared for academic progression.

The course is aimed at anyone wanting to go to university to study for a degree in a health or social care field. It is useful for people already working in care for example as HCA/SHCA who want to upskill to go into Nursing as well as people who have no current care experience but who have a passion and desire to work in the health or social care field.

The majority of student go on to study at a range of regional and wider universities in a variety of degrees for example Nursing, Paramedic Science, Midwifery, Psychology, Counselling, Teaching and Social Work. However, some students take the course for CPD and to upskill to progress their current knowledge.

This qualification will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress to university or into employment in the health and social care sector.

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Who is this course aimed at?

The course is aimed at mature students (19+) who wish to progress to university who do not currently have the required qualifications. * If you have no GCSE or equivalent in Maths and/or English, providing you have care experience you will still be considered. It is especially targeted at people who want to work within health care, for example as Nurses (including General, Mental Health, Paediatric and SEN), Midwives, Paramedics, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapist and Psychologists. The social care route is designed for people wanting to move into Social Work, Probation Work and Teaching. The course runs part time and is designed for people who still have to work as there is flexibility in the Guided Learning Hours. The course is funded if you do not have a Level 3 qualification, so there is no direct payment required to the college by students unless you already have Level 3 quals.

What will you learn?

  • How to successfully study in higher level education
  • A range of Biology units that prepare you for the science modules required at university
  • Psychology knowledge that includes the causes and treatments of mental health issues and the autonomic and psychological responses to stress and how this can be managed.
  • A range of units based on general health education and knowledge of ways to maintain good health.
  • Modules covering clinical practice and professional standards in care
  • Higher education research skills through a Research Project in an area of your choice
  • Working with vulnerable individuals and interventions for evidence based practice
  • Safeguarding individuals in the workplace
For further information see the CAVA website

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  •  Comparison 
  • (Digital) Literacy 
  • Research 
  • Oracy 
  • Confidence 
  • Collaboration 
  • Effort 
  • Collaboration 
  • Time management 
  • Meeting Deadlines 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Nursing (Child)
  • Nursing (Adult)
  • Nursing (Mental Health)
  • Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapist

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Course Leader:
Andy Petch

Course Length:
One Year

Entry Requirements:
GCSE or Equivalent in Maths and English at Grade C or above*

How is the course assessed:
A range of assessments including written essays, portfolio, presentation, professional discussion, examination and project.