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Access to HE (Nursing pathway): Level 3

Course information

Course Summary

The Access to HE (Nursing pathway) is a programme that seeks to prepare people who wish to study towards a degree in the field of Nursing.

Course Code:N4648
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3 (Nursing Pathway)
Awarded by:OCN
Course Length

32 weeks (11 hours per week -  9.30am to 4.45pm on Thursday and Fridays).

Start Date: w/c 12 September 2022

Course Detail

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at university. It is designed for people who would like to study in Higher Education but who left school without the usual qualifications such as A levels or Level 3 BTEC. A wide range of people and organisations are involved in Access to HE. The Quality Assurance Agency for HE regulates Access courses.

The main components of the course are:
• Study Skills
• Mandatory Core Units
• Health Sciences specialist units (Nursing)

Assessment is continual throughout the year and will take a variety of forms from assignments, written reports, case studies, work experience reports and examinations.

Course Fees


*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

Applicants should have GCSE Maths and English at grade 4.

The Access to HE course will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to prepare you for university, without any assumptions about what you may have done in the past. Universities do specify a minimum entry requirement and we strongly recommend you research these prior to your interview at Nescot.

You must complete the attached research task to be considered for this course.

Your Next Steps

The programme offers progression to Higher Education; Honours Degrees, Foundation Degrees or Higher National Diplomas. The college offers a number of Higher Education courses in subjects such as Biomedical Science, Osteopathic Medicine and Sports Therapy. The Access to HE Diploma allows successful students achieving a Merit profile to progress to these courses, subject to interview. It also provides access to a wider range of Degrees at other Universities.

The Osteopathic Medicine department at NESCOT welcomes applications from Access to Nursing students.

Most university admissions tutors will accept the Access to Higher Education Diploma as an entry qualification for Higher Education, but there may be some degrees for which this certificate alone may not be acceptable. The suitability of the course for your ultimate career aim will be discussed at interview.

Access to HE Diplomas are intended to provide a preparation for study in UK Higher Education but, while partnership arrangements and progression agreements may exist between particular Access to HE courses and particular Higher Education programmes, the award of a Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK HE programmes.

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Last updated - 24/05/2022