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Access to HE Diploma (Health)

Berwick Main Centre
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Access to HE Diploma (Health)

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for those who wish to progress to University to study a health related degree such as nursing, midwifery, occupation therapy, physiotherapy, radiography or operating department practice.

You should be aged 19 or over, have had a break from full time learning and gained some experience of work. You will need to be highly organised, able to problem solve and use initiative with effective communication skills. You will be required to participate in a careers interview. Initial assessment and a group discussion before you are eligible to enrol.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

To study on this course, you should have GCSE English Language, GCSE Mathematics or above. You will also be required to undertake an initial assessment in English and Maths and demonstrate Level 2 ability. Please note: should you not have these qualifications, there is a pre-access course you will be able to study to prepare you for a Level 3 access programme.

What will I study on the course?


You will study three principal subjects at Level 3:

- Human physiology

- Professional healthcare practice

- Counselling (Ashington) or Psychology (Berwick)

Plus core skills units in:

- Study skills

- Academic writing

Duration: 2 year part-time

Level 3

Course Cost: £3800 fees for 18/19

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips.

Progress will be assessed by portfolio, assignments and exams, as well as practical assessments and tests.

After successful completion of this course you could progress to a higher education programme of study either at University or at Northumberland College. Or you can apply for a health related role such as a nurse, midwife, occupational therapist, radiographer or physiotherapist.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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