Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year 3 Part-Time - Day Ashington Main Campus Access to Higher Education

What’s it all about?

This course is designed for adults (19+) who require the UCAS points to progress to University to study a health-related degree such as nursing or midwifery.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and text books. Access to your own laptop is strongly recommended. As a student at Northumberland College you will have free unlimited use of Office online for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint along with cloud storage and share point

Over a course of modules progress will be assessed using a range of methods including; assignments, research projects, practical assessments and reports.

Please check with your chosen university for maths and English entry requirements.

English and maths are important for your studies and progress to your chosen career. Ideally, you will have already achieved maths and English grade 4 / C on entry to this programme, if not, or you wish to update your skills, we can support with this.

We run the course over two days, usually class based but with some blended online delivery.

We offer a day and evening session:

Day: Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am - 2.30pm
Evening: Tuesday and Thursday 4.30pm - 8.30pm

Days and times are subject to change and will be confirmed at admissions appointment or enrolment.

Core units (3 credits)

- Study Skills
- Higher Skills in Mathematics
- Select and Use ICT for Access
- Personal development and learning skills

Specialist units (9 credits)

- Professional Practice
- Human Biology
- Contemporary Issues in Health Care
- Psychology
- Social Policy and Welfare

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Medical Practitioners

Medical practitioners diagnose mental and physical injuries, disorders and diseases, prescribe and give treatment, recommend preventative action, and conduct medical education and research activities. They may specialise in particular areas of modern medicine or work in general practice and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.

Medium Salary

£ 58444

11166 people employed as Medical Practitioners in the current year.


Nurses provide general and/or specialised nursing care for the sick, injured and others in need of such care, assist medical doctors with their tasks and work with other healthcare professionals and within teams of healthcare workers. They advise on and teach nursing practice.

Medium Salary

£ 30480

32157 people employed as Nurses in the current year.

Social Workers

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.

Medium Salary

£ 35466

3143 people employed as Social Workers in the current year.

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We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland with campuses throughout the county.

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