Access to Nursing is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, validated by the awarding body OCNLR. The Diploma is suitable for those who have been out of full-time education for some time and aiming to join university or higher education courses. This qualification requires a maturity of approach and a high level of commitment. In addition, applicants need a successful interview and screening and must have sufficient time to devote to their studies.
The core subjects for Access to Higher Education Diploma - Nursing are study skills, human biology, nursing studies, psychology and sociology. Tutorial support is also embedded into the programme.
You will be assessed through a range of assessment methods including assignments, projects, presentations, professional discussions and exams.
- You should be 19 years or over at the start of the course
- English: GCSE English at A*- C/9-4 OR Functional Skills Literacy Level 2
- Mathematics: GCSE Mathematics at A* - C/9 -4 or Functional Skills Mathematics Level 2 is desirable, however, if you are missing this qualification, you could study GCSE or Functional Skills in Mathematics alongside Access. This option is intensive so you'll need to be committed to studying the extra hours
- English writing skills assessment: All learners will be assessed, regardless qualifications and must be operating at a Level 2
- Mathematics assessment: Learners will only be assessed if they do not hold a GCSE A* - C /9-4 or a Level 2 Functional Skills and must be operating at a Level 2
This course will prepare you for study at university level, however, you should check the entry requirements for the universities you are interested in as well. If you don't have GCSEs A*-C/9-4, don't forget we have other options that might suit you e.g. Level 2 Pre-Access in Nursing and Midwifery. If you're employed, our apprenticeships team can help you get qualified while you work, and we have plenty of courses to prepare you for further study or work. For advice, speak to our education advisers.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
There may be materials you need to help you with your studies. Your lecturer will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class.
Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Nursing. You have a choice to study a BTEC Higher National in Healthcare Practice here at South Thames College or other areas of degree level at university including Adult Nursing, Biological Sciences, Child Nursing, Health and Social Care, Health Promotion and Public Health, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Public Health and a wide range of combined and related degrees.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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“My course was very challenging but with the support of my tutors I have improved in all areas.
"I would definitely recommend the college – I am so grateful, my time there really built up my confidence.”
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“Having not done A-levels I never thought I would make it to university, but I would recommend Access courses as a fantastic route for anyone – and I'm proof it's possible to get into some of the top universities with them.”