Access to HE Health & Human Sciences

Access courses are designed to enable people aged 19+ to gain a qualification which is accepted by universities as an alternative to A Levels. Access courses are delivered over one year as opposed to the two years required for A Levels. An access course is therefore ideal for anyone who left school without formal qualifications, or for people who wish to change career without having to do two years of A levels.

You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to progress on to Higher Education degree courses including physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, sports science, sports rehabilitation, podiatry, physiology and midwifery.

Course Content

Your course will consist of four main modules and a core module, all of which include communication skill in their content. Potential units are listed below:

Human Sciences

Genetics and Applications
Energy and the environment
Patterns in Chemistry

Essay Writing
Finding and reading information
Basic Arithmetic Skills
Writing Standard English

Other units
Food and health
Chemistry:Structure and Properties
Sports Injuries
The role of the health and Social care professional
The role of the midwife in antenatal care
Psychology units

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol on this course you will have to complete a successful interview. If you wish to go on to study at degree level, most universities require a GCSE English & Maths at Grade C or above. Some universities also require a GCSE in Science. Please check with your preferred university, or discuss with us at interview.

You should be able to read and write English fluently as the course involves written assignments.

If you wish to study nursing, midwifery of physiotherapy, you should also have relevant work or voluntary experience in the health care sector.

Access courses are designed for 19 plus learners.

In order to enrol onto this course you need to have established skills at Level 1 Maths and Level 2 English as a minimum. You will need to sit a computer based initial assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths and English.

If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information –
• The entry requirement on the screening tests are Level 2 English and Level 1 Maths
• You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
• You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on
• If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on the course.
• It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview
• Please note we only allow one attempt at these screening assessments
If you wish to practise for these initial assessments you can do so at

First Class Requirements

You should bring along an A4 writing pad as well as a selection of pens. We recommend that you also have a scientific calculator. You need to bring these resources with you to each session unless directed by the tutor.

Attendance Requirements

Your attendance is required at each and every session. You are expected to have 100% attendance. If you feel you can’t commit to this expected level of attendance, then you should consider whether this is a suitable course for you. Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Assessment Methods

Your assessment is continuous throughout the year. Assessment will be by essays, written reports, exams, presentations and portfolio. You must keep to deadlines for these assessments, or this may impact on your grade

Further Study Options

You may progress on to Higher Education degree courses including physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, sports science, sports rehabilitation, podiatry, physiology, radiography and midwifery

Additional Information

Please be aware that this is an intensive & demanding course. There is support available, but you should expect to do a minimum average of 12 to 15 hours of homework per week. Please be aware that this may vary throughout the year, and at some times you may need to spend more time studying than others.