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Access to HE: Nursing

This course will start in January 2021

About the course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) is an OCN Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

It is designed for:

  • adults with a current or previous role in care e.g. nursery assistant, care assistant, care worker;
  • adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, were unable to participate in or benefit from initial education;
  • adults from groups under-represented in higher education;
  • adults 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 nursing related profession.

Programme of Units:

Mandatory units:  

  • Reading and Comprehension of Texts
  • Essay Writing
  • Arithmetic Skills for Health Studies
  • The Role of the Health or Social Care Professional

Human Biology – learners must achieve 21 credits from the optional list of Biology units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cells
  • Disease and Immunity
  • Homeostasis and Controlling Factors in the Body
  • The Cardiovascular System

Optional subject specific – learners must achieve 21 credits from the optional units.

  • Nursing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Extended Project

Progression to university and career paths

On achieving this diploma, you can progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Nursing such as:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Midwifery and related Health Studies degrees

BSix has links with London Metropolitan University, Middlesex University and London South Bank University who accept the Access Diploma for Nursing Degree programmes.

Entry Requirements

This is a Level 3 programme, so the expectation will be that applicants will already have Level 2 English Language, Mathematics and Science. When you apply, you will be required to take a formal entry assessment for Literacy, Numeracy and Biology.


If you are aged 19-23 and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification your Access course will be fully funded.

If you are aged 19 and over and already have a level 3 qualification, you will need to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your Access to HE Diploma course. The College will support you with this application when you apply.

If you complete a higher education course you will not have to repay the Advanced Learner Loan for your Access to HE Diploma course. This doesn’t have to be a full bachelor’s degree; it could be a foundation degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND) studied at a university or at a local college that offers HE courses. The Access to HE Diploma is the only qualification that offers this loan waiver.

For more information you can contact the course leader, Nick Tidey

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NOTICESUpdated: 26th August 2020