The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification accredited by Gateway Qualifications, an authorised validating agency which awards nationally recognised certification for Access programmes.
This course is suitable for those who have been out of full time education for some time and are aiming to progress onto further study at university or higher education courses.
This course provides entry to a wide range of degree courses and professional training.
Your learning will be facilitated by a range of activities ranging from, teacher input, group work, seminar presentations, research activities and personal study.
The Access Main Course offers a programme of academic study, equivalent to A Levels, leading to entry on degree and diploma courses. It has two elements:
1. Core Studies (Seminar Presentations, Study Skills, Academic Writing and Academic/Group/Personal Tutorials).
2. Additional or Specialist Studies (chosen according to your needs and the course of study which you want to pursue).
Making sure you choose the right course of study is an important part of the journey on the path to your graduate career.
Once you have decided on your desired career you will need to find out what higher education subject(s) you need to study, where you can study them and whether the Access to Higher Education course you’ve chosen meets the entry requirements for that university.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma – Health Professions will offer you the ideal preparation for further study on the following higher education courses and training:
This diploma consists of one mandatory subject and one secondary subject. The mandatory subject for this diploma is;
|Human Biology Units|
|Practical science skills||Biochemistry||Cell biology||Biological supply systems|
|Genetics||Human reproduction||The human body and diseases|
Students can choose which secondary subject they study from the list below:
|Approaches in psychology||Social psychology||Research methods in psychology||Aspects of cognitive psychology|
|Stress||Atypical development and abnormal behaviour||Introduction to early child development|
|Introduction to sociology||Socialisation||Introduction to the Sociology of Education|
|Introduction to the Sociology of Crime and deviance||Households and Family Structures||Sociology of Health|
Working in partnership with employers, including hospitals and care organisations, our fantastic new Centre for Health and Social Care Professions is providing a range of training and qualifications to meet the demand for new recruits within the health and care sectors.
Courses are designed to address local skills shortages and are delivered by highly-qualified tutors with a diverse range of professional healthcare experiences.
Located on the fourth floor of our South Wing building, the Centre for Health and Social Care Professions encompasses 2,000 square metres of innovative teaching facilities.
The centre incorporates interactive learning technology to provide skills laboratories in realistic working environments, and well-equipped classrooms to ensure students are prepared for higher education (university) or employment.
Learning resources in the centre include:
In 2021 the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) partnered with our own Centre for Health and Social Care Professions here at Colchester Institute, with a whole new floor dedicated to provide exclusive training to our learners, so they can be career ready at the end of their time with us. ESNEFT is one of the biggest NHS Trusts in East Anglia and provides hospital and community services throughout Suffolk and North Essex.
Nurturing a future-ready workforce with skills development alongside qualifications
In the field of health and social care, skills development and qualifications are crucial for professionals to deliver high-quality care and support to individuals in need, this is why all of our students complete mandatory placements
as part of their study and follow our newly developed P3 programme.
Focusing on Preparation, Placement and Progression (P³), all students will develop the skills and professional behaviours expected to be seen in the workplace which will be delivered through a variety of workshops and online learning. This will offer students an assessed competency prior to embarking on a placement through a variety of workshops, online learning and the Care Certificate.
All Health and Social Care students must complete this mandatory training prior to starting on their placements which includes:
Further progression activities support learners throughout the academic year ready for their next steps, such as:
Those studying under the Centre are referred to as ‘Professionals in Training’ and will follow the NHS 6Cs philosophy; care, courage, commitment, compassion, competence and communication. These behaviours are monitored and rewarded throughout the course.
Students will be expected to work in a variety of settings to develop different skills, and the College has placements in over 150 workplaces.
The aim of our Career Start Programme is to develop the key employability skills and qualities in our students, so that we can prepare them for a career within the sector by the time they leave us to progress on their career path.
Those who are successful in accessing the programme will have demonstrated a positive attitude to the NHS 6Cs approach and towards their own development. They will be offered a student placement, a training package within a hospital environment and a guaranteed interview for a ‘real’ job in the NHS.
These students will be given:
By completing the mandatory skills training, our students will be able to access more substantial student placements which are more practical in nature and will be guaranteed a job interview on successful completion of the Career Start Programme.
Who is eligible to benefit from this opportunity?
This programme will be open to existing students on Level 2 and Level 3 Health and Social Care programmes, Level 3 Applied Science and our Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions.
There are limited spaces available on this programme, students will be selected by achievement and their commitment and dedication to their studies. These will be our shining stars who choose a vocation (pathway) within the NHS.
Students must be, at least, 17 and a half by the time they finish this programme and ready to start work, which could be full-time, part-time or even fitted around a higher education course of study. For paediatric areas, students must be 18 before they start their placements.
Why should you apply for this programme?
How do you apply?
Your tutors and our partners at ESNEFT will talk to you about this opportunity in your first term at college.
Can I study GCSE English and/or Maths alongside an Access to Higher Education Diploma?
No, it is not possible to study GCSE qualifications alongside an Access to Higher Education Diploma, and these will need to be achieved prior to starting.
Colchester Institute offers GCSE English and Maths for adult learners and you can study both of these in the same academic year.
Is Functional Skills (maths and English) Level 2 equivalent to a GCSE?
Functional Skills at Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 (C on old grading system). Functional Skills is a qualification which is widely accepted as a GCSE equivalent. Most universities will accept Functional Skills, but please check with your chosen university before you submit your application in order to avoid disappointment.
When can I apply for an Access to Higher Education Diploma?
Applications opened on the 1st of October 2022.
We accept online applications throughout the rest of the academic year, however we encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Do I have to pay a fee?
Depending on your age and prior attainment you may be expected to pay full fees, however you will be able to apply for a loan under the Government’s Advanced Learning Loans Scheme to cover the cost of these fees. Loan repayments start when you earn over £27,295 per year.
If you get a loan to cover tuition fees for the Access to HE course and then complete a higher education (degree) course, you won’t have to repay the remaining loan for the Access course.
What if I am not eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?
If you do have to pay a fee and are not eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, then your fees can be payed by instalments.
You will need to pay at least 40% of the total fee when you enrol (or £500, whichever is the lower). A monthly payment plan will then be setup for you to pay the remainder. All fees need to be paid in full within six months of the start of the course. Please contact our Registry department on 01206 712555 for further details.
What financial support is available to me?
For those applying for an Advanced Learner Loan, a bursary may be available. For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available to assist with the cost of returning to study. Funds are targeted at course related costs such as travel, childcare, books and equipment.
Applicants for the Access to Higher Education Diploma must be aged 19 years old or over at enrolment and will require a minimum of Level 2 Maths and English.
Depending on the specific entry requirements of your chosen University programme you may need GCSE Maths, English or Science at Grade C (4) or above.
You will be required to attend an interview. At interview please bring in the email correspondence you have had with the universities you are intending to apply to, providing such information as the required GCSE maths and English/Level 2 qualifications. Please note that many degree courses have a GCSE Maths and/or English and/or Science requirement for courses, although some will be satisfied with a level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects. It is therefore important that you contact your chosen universities and ask about their specific GCSE requirements and bring this information to your interview. It is not possible to study GCSE qualifications alongside Access.
Things to consider
You should prepare a written response to the questions below, and during your 20 minute interview be prepared to answer questions on what you have researched. You should bring in and submit your notes of this research (word-processed or handwritten) as these will also be used to assess you for selection. The interview process involves determining whether you have sufficiently researched you chosen degree pathway.
Please also bring in the email correspondence you have had with the universities you are intending to apply to, providing such information as the required GCSE maths and English/Level 2 qualifications.
You should take time to research your chosen Higher Education programme and future career, you will be asked questions about your research at interview.
Applications are now closed
The application window for starting this course in September 2023 has now closed and we will not be processing any further applications for this course*.
Applications for starting this course in September 2024 will open on Monday 2nd October 2023.
*This does not apply to all Adult courses and we are still accepting applications for other adult learning programmes.
|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2024|
|Applications||Applications for starting in September 2024 are open from Monday 2nd October 2023|
|Attendance||Approximately 3 days per week|
|Fee(s)||Health Professions: £3,384|
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