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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) Ref. 400/1254/2

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) Ref. 400/1254/2

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Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) will provide you with a range of professional and technical skills; in general terms this includes empathy, organisation and time management, the ability to conduct research, problem solving and adaptability. You also develop the ability to assess, analyse, monitor and evaluate the care nurses deliver. The course will support you to start your journey into becoming a graduate nurse, which can then take you closer to your Masters degrees in subjects such as advanced clinical practice and medical decision-making, as well as various other specialist subjects. You could also train to become an advanced nurse practitioner. Healthcare is constantly developing, and practising nurses need to keep up with technology, current issues and the changing needs of the population through ongoing training. Our Diploma will give you the start up tools required to enter this rewarding profession.

    This Online Nursing Course at a Glance

    • 100% online learning for adults
    • 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 
    • 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: Open College Network West Midlands

    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 (Nursing) Ref. 400/1254/2 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 and Responsibilities of the Registered Nurse
        • Cell Biology
        • DNA, Protein Synthesis & Cell Division
        • Human Disease & Prevention
        • Ethical issues in Contemporary Healthcare
        • Sociology of the Family
        • Health Promotion
        • Inequalities in Health & Illness
        • The History of the National Health Service
        • The Structure & Organisation of the Health and Social Care Sectors
        • Human Reproduction, Growth & Development
        • Respiration & Circulation
        • 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. The AVA expects centres to establish that candidates normally operate to at least Level Two in English and Level One in Mathematics before being accepted onto a course leading to the Diploma. In addition, Cambridge Online Education will be providing advice and guidance about the demands of the course and to establish that applicants show appropriate levels of commitment and motivation.


        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. 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 (Nursing) at level 3 QAA ref: 400/1254/2 awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands.

        Open College Network West Midlands 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 Nursing Diploma, you can then continue your education or seek employment in the following fields:

        • Adult nurse
        • Children's nurse
        • Health play specialist
        • Health visitor
        • High intensity therapist
        • Learning disability nurse
        • Mental health nurse
        • Paramedic
        • Physician associate
        • Counsellor
        • Further education health teacher
        • Genetic counsellor
        • Health service manager
        • Higher education health lecturer
        • Medicinal chemist
        • Play therapist
        • Police officer
        • Social worker

        As different universities have different entry requirements, you are strongly advised to check these requirements with your chosen tertiary education provider. Our expert career advisers are always happy to provide their guidance and support.

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        Thea's Story

        I always remember playing doctors and nurses as a child and I told my mum I wanted to be a nurse. Due to difficult times while I was at school I didn't get many GCSEs and so couldn't do my A Levels. I thought my dream was over but after finding this access course I was so happy! This course has literally made my dreams come true!