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Health & Social Care

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This course is a primarily for those students who wish to pursue a career in midwifery. It also provides preparation for entry to a degree or higher diploma course in health care including Nursing and other related health care professions.

Course details

Four modules are studied, these are:

  • Human Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health Studies
    • In addition a research project will be undertaken chosen from one of the subject areas.

      Credits are awarded for the Access course modules. To achieve the Access Diploma, you must gain all 60 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3. There are 20 units worth 3 credits each; 6 units of Biology, 4 of Psychology, 3 of Health Studies, 3 Sociology and 4 development units. 15 units are graded, while 5 must be passed but are not graded.

      The Access to HE Diploma is awarded by

Entry guidelines

Pre Access Health including GCSE maths, English and science at grade 4/C or Pre Access Science including GCSE maths and English at grade 4/C above or 5 GCSE's which must include maths, English and science at grade 4/C or above.

Relevant work experience in either Health or Social Care sector.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

Assessments are continuous and include examinations, reports, essays, tests, assignments and presentations.

Additional Information

Proof of existing qualifications is required before a place can be offered.

Applicants will be selected for interview based on written task and application form. Factors considered during the interview include academic potential, motivation, relevant experience, and organisational and communication skills.

You will need to demonstrate that you can study successfully at a level equivalent to A-Level and have good English and number skills. It is preferable that you have some IT skills, but you will be given an opportunity to acquire these. In addition to lesson time, you will be expected to complete about 16 hours of independent study per week.

You should be aware that to meet the entry requirements for specific courses at University, you may need particular qualifications in addition to the Access qualification.

For example, some courses require GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade B or above and relevant work experience. You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended degree course as soon as possible.

When you attend your Access interview, you will be given the opportunity to discuss how any additional requirements could be met.

Useful websites: Individual university websites, UCAS - NHS -

Where can I progress to?

Degree or higher diploma course in health related subjects, such as nursing, midwifery and other related health care professions. Obtaining the Access to HE Diploma in Midwifery does not guarantee entry into any HE course.

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 07th Sep 2018 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref J145K001

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £3200.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you if you are aged 19-23 and you do not already have a level 3 qualification. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    Planned Timetable
    Day Times Campus
    Thursday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays
    Friday 09:00 — 12:00 12 Quays

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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