Level 3 Diploma Access to HE Health & Social Care (Health Professionals)
Access to HE
Adult Further Education
What is the course about?
Are you interested in securing a rewarding career in the health sector? Even if you have not studied for some time, this access to health course will help develop your academic skills and confidence, setting you on a path to study a health-related degree at university or other higher education courses at college.
Why should I choose the course?
This access to HE course is ideal for those seeking to enter the health sector as either a nurse, paramedic or more. It will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to progress on to higher education and secure your dream job role.
What will I learn?
You will study a variety of health study modules such as:
- Human physiology
- Social issues in healthcare
- Health communication
- Mental health issues
- Academic writing and study skills (which will take you through your university application and interviews, showing you how to give a presentation).
Please note units may be subject to change.
You will be assessed during the course as each unit is taught and completed. You will be assessed through a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, research projects, and exams. The course is delivered on a blended model, with most sessions being face to face and a small part delivered online.
What will the course lead on to?
Students who achieve this qualification go on to university to study degrees in nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, occupational therapy, radiography, physiotherapy, and other health related degrees, leading to successful careers in related disciplines.
If you study nursing or other allied health professional courses, you may be eligible for the NHS bursary of £5000.
Are there any links with industry and university?
Universities expect adults who apply for some vocational degrees to have previous relevant paid or voluntary experience.
If you do not already have this experience, you will be required to organise relevant experience before you begin the course. For example, if you are aiming for a nursing degree, voluntary experience working within healthcare would be an advantage.
What support is available?
All HE students receive termly one-to-one tutorials with their programme leader to support them with their progress on programme. You will also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as mental health, managing finances, support for single parents, and working online. In addition, you can access a programme of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing, and time management.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required, and a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support, and help when needed. All HE students have access to a designated progress coach who can also provide welfare support.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
During your course your learning will be enhanced by dedicated tutors who have a wide range of industry knowledge and experience. The college also houses a dedicated Health & Social Care Academy, which contains state-of-the-art facilities including a mock hospital ward. These outstanding facilities will ensure you gain valuable skills in a realistic setting, preparing you for employment in the sector. Throughout your course you will also benefit from our fantastic industry connections, which will enable you to gain valuable industry insight and hear from professionals currently working in the field. We have excellent progression rates on to higher education, with many students securing a place at their first-choice university.
What are the entry requirements?
Most universities ask for GCSE English Language and/or GCSE maths at 4/C or above, in addition to the access diploma, in order to be eligible to apply for certain degrees. You are therefore advised to research your intended degree and the universities you intend to apply to, in order to confirm their specific entry requirements. For this reason, you will be required to have a minimum of GCSE English Language and/or GCSE maths at 4/C or above for entry onto the access course.
What are my funding options?
19+ students studying on a level 3 qualification may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. For finance support and enquiries please visit: Financial Support | Warrington & Vale Royal College (wvr.ac.uk)
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
Apart from the course and examination fees, you will need the usual student stationery such as pens, paper, and files. The purchase of textbooks is not compulsory - there is a wide selection of books available in our dedicated Learning Resource Centre. Should you wish to purchase textbooks, your subject tutors will recommend suitable books.
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