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Access to HE in Health and Human Sciences

Course information

Course Summary

The Level 3 Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification, designed to provide preparation for study in higher education (HE) in the UK for adults aged 19+ returning to education. It provides a balance of essential study skills with specialist subject knowledge, preparing students  for the academic and practical rigour of undergraduate study in Health and Human Sciences.

Course Code:N4662
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Awarded by:NCFE
Course Length

1 year - Tuesday and Thursdays.

Start Date: Tuesday, 12 September 2022 at 9.30am

Course Detail

In order the gain the Access to HE Diploma, learners must achieve a total of 60 credits. Of these 60 credits, 45 credits must be achieved at Level 3 from graded subject specific units. Graded units can be awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. The remaining 15 credits must be achieved at Level 2 or Level 3 from study skills units which are ungraded.

Modules include:

  • Genetics and inheritance
  • Cells
  • Transport and respiration
  • Human Tissues and systems
  • Chemistry
  • The reproductive system
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Role of a health care professional
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Communication Skills
  • Preparation for higher education
  • Essay writing
Course Fees


The course is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan.

*Exam fee included

Concession: YES
Government Subsidised: YES
Student Loan Available: YES

Please note: Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for home and EU students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements

The course is aimed at:

  • Adults (19+) seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a profession within Health and Human Sciences.
  • Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, were unable to complete 'A' Level or equivalent qualifications.

Applicants must have a minimum Grade 4 / C in GCSE Maths. In addition to this, it is likely that learners will need to hold GCSEs at grade 9-5/4 (A*-C) in English and Science, as these qualifications usually form part of the entry requirements for the degree courses that learners intend to progress to.

Your Next Steps

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Health and Human Sciences. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Counselling, Environmental Science, Health and Social Care, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Health, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Public Health, Radiography, Speech and Language Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science and a wide range of combined and related degrees.

Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 24/05/2022