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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

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This course is an option for people who would like to start or further their career in healthcare.

In our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals), you will explore aspects of health in its broad context and investigate contemporary health issues. It gives you an in-depth understanding of health and healthcare. You will learn to research, analyse and evaluate health and health-related issues. You will learn to study from a multidisciplinary standpoint, use health information and data effectively, understand and formulate health-related arguments and contest theories. You will also develop a range of general skills, including written and oral communication, effective problem solving, time management, report writing, researching, data analysis and the use of information technology.

This course could lead to many health-related careers, for example nursing, speech and language therapy, social work, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. It will support your need to take a specific degree or higher qualification.


This Online Health Professionals Course at a Glance

  • 100% online learning for adults
  • No qualifications necessary to apply
  • Flexible - learn in your own time around work and family
  • Flexible payments - interest-free monthly payments over 1 year 
  • One-to-one tutor support at mutually convenient times
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Gain crucial knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence
  • Assessed through end-of-unit assignments - NO EXAMS 
  • Equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels
  • Complete in 1 year or less

    Education Provider: Cambridge Online Education - established 2002

    Accredited by: Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group

    Regulated by: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)



    Course Outline

    The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.


    To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) Ref. 400/1252/9 learners must achieve:

    • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only.
    • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

    The following are the Unit titles for this Diploma:

    • The Roles & Responsibilities of Healthcare Professionals
    • Cell Biology
    • DNA, Protein Synthesis & Cell Division
    • Human Disease & Prevention
    • Ethical issues in Contemporary Healthcare
    • Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines
    • Health Promotion
    • Inequalities in Health & Illness
    • The History of the National Health Service
    • The Structure & Organisation of the Health and Social Care Sectors
    • Understanding Dementia Health Studies
    • Cell Division and Heredity (Health) Biological Science
    • Gene Technology
    • Human Nutrition & the Digestive System
    • Technical Skills for Writing (U)
    • The Investigative Process, Principles & Practical Skills (U)
    • Research Project (U)
    • Study Techniques (U)

    Enrolment Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for students applying for the Cambridge Online Education Access to H.E. Diplomas. Tutors are nevertheless, required to ensure that learners admitted onto the Diploma possess the necessary skills and personal qualities to cope with the demands of the course.


    All Access to HE Diplomas require the achievement of 60 credits. 45 of the 60 credits must be graded at Level 3 (pass, merit or distinction). Such credits will arise from the Academic Subject Content Modules. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded and can be achieved at either Level 2 or Level 3. Students may only be registered against units with a maximum combined total credit value of 60. In terms of the length of time required for a learner to complete their diploma, for all Access to HE Diplomas the notional learning hours are 600. Notional learning hours comprise all learning that may be relevant to the achievement of the learning outcomes including directed and private study, practical and project work, assignments and assessment time. The assessment methods used for each unit of your course will be detailed in the Programme Handbook. Your tutor will provide you with formative feedback and provisional grades. Your grades will be then evaluated by the Examination Board. Final grades will be released to students after the External Moderation Visit.


    On successful completion of the course, you will receive a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) at level 3 awarded by the Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group.

    Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. Cambridge Online Education is a fully accredited education provider for this qualification


    After completing the Access to Higher Education Health Professionals, you can then continue your education or seek employment in the following popular fields:

    • Nurse
    • Community or District Nurse
    • Physiotherapist
    • Nutritionist
    • Pharmacist
    • Psychologist
    • Sports health practioner
    • Mental health practitioner
    • Health improvement practitioner
    • Health service manager
    • Medical sales representative
    • Naturopath
    • Anatomical pathology
    • Medical technologist
    • Counselor
    • Dentistry
    • Dental hygienist
    • Dental technician
    • Dental therapist
    • Occupational therapist
    • Personal trainer
    • Physician associate
    • Prosthetist/orthotist
    • Social worker

    As different universities have different entry requirements, you are strongly advised to check these requirements with your chosen tertiary education provider. You can contact our career advisers for further guidance and support in that matter

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    Meet your expert friendly tutor

    Jenny's Story

    When I was at school I didn't have a clue what I wanted to be and so I didn't try as hard as I should have to get good grades. After I had my child I knew I wanted to be a Midwife but I left school with no A Levels and so couldn't go to University. Then I found Access courses online and knowing that I can get to Uni to become a Midwife is life changing!

    Lois' Student Testimonal - Access to HE Diploma (Nursing)

    FAQ Science and Healthcare


    Where can I get specific information on Midwifery and careers?

    Try the following link to see from NHS directly further links and questions they explore:


    Who will be my Tutor?

    We have professionals that are current in their practice of their chosen fields to support you. For example, you will be able to take directly to a Midwife/Nurse and get guidance and support directly from these professionals as you complete your course.

    This is on top of a Faculty Leader in Science who has worked as a Science Teacher for more than 10 years.

    Will I get some 1:1 support?

    Yes! We help our students personally navigate their career options with online video calls and messenger chats.

    We provide 1-1 specialist support to you when you need it.

    Working in partnership with you, we will provide a personal service of meeting individual educational needs and career options.


    Do I need to be ‘good’ at science?

    You experience of science at school will likely be in an exam-based system that places high importance on being able to remember knowledge and ‘perform’ under exam conditions. This course is completely different, instead of covering vast discipline of science this course focussing on the key foundation knowledge that you’ll need in the next step of your learning journey. Teaching difficult concepts is our expertise, we will meet you where you are and get you where you need to be. By the end of the course, you’ll love science and have produced some useful learning resources to take you into your next stages of study.

    I’m anxious about sitting exams, will I have to sit exams either face-to-face or online?

    This course is completely online, and you’ll be glad to hear that there are no exams. The course leader will assess your understanding and knowledge of the subject but setting you assessments with clear criteria and assessment descriptors. You will submit your assignment for grading, either ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’.

    I’m nervous to present or talk to the group online, will I be forced to do this?

    We will meet you where you are, if you want to develop this skill ready for university then we can arrange smaller group sessions or one-to-one sessions to support you, or you can choose an alternative format for your presentation. We want you to feel comfortable and supported on this course.


    Will I have support applying for university?

    Absolutely, we will hold your hand every step of the way, you can talk to us about course choices, we’ll help proofread your personal statement, provide references. As promised, we will get you to university.

    I haven’t decided which exact route I’d like to take within the profession, does it matter?

    No, not at all, we’ll introduce you to a number of different professionals within the health services so you can hear about their journey, experience and careers.


    Will I have to do practical experiments at home?

    The investigation skills unit is based around a practical investigation of red peppers. The equipment that you’ll need is limited to things you’d find in your kitchen but you don’t need to carry out the investigation yourself if you don’t want to as your course leader will demonstrate it.

    What are the assignments like?

    We set a variety of assignments that will set you up with skills that will be useful in your future studying and career. We encourage essay writing with referencing, but don’t worry, we’ll show you how! We also set presentations, video tasks, leaflet and poster design and we show you how to use great free tools like Canva to make it super easy.

    Do I have to attend live lessons and switch my camera on?

    No, not at all. Many of our students are busy people working shifts and managing several commitments. You can watch the session recordings and then arrange a time to meet with your tutor to ask any questions or get further support. As for the camera, switch it on if you feel comfortable, don’t worry if not. We’ve created a culture of supportive and collaborative students in our online community, but all approaches are respected and accepted. Do what makes you feel comfortable.

    Lesson Demo - Science - Cells with Laura