Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals)

Course Type Part Time
Course Code PL1015A1B
Level 3

BTEC L3 Dip in Pharmaceutical Science

Course Type Part Time
Course Code PL1016A1A
Level 3

Return to Study – Health

Course Type Part Time
Course Code PL1013N1A
Level 2

Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals)

Course Type Full Time
Course Code FL1015A1B
Level 3
Duration 1 year
Fee £3,350.00*
Enquire *16-18? Course is free!

Access to HE Diploma (Science)

Course Type Full Time
Course Code FL5015A1B
Level 3
Duration -
Fee £3,350.00*
Enquire *16-18? Course is free!



From September 2020, all nursing degree-level students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs.  This means that if you successfully complete an Access to HE Diploma and progress to University to study nursing, midwifery and other allied health degree-level qualifications you could benefit from the additional support.  For more details visit:

If you have no previous qualifications, the Access to HE Diplomas will provide you with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to progress to university. Equivalent to A Levels, the Health or Science Diplomas offer a great basis for further study in areas such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, teaching or social work. You will study a range of topics that are relevant to your Degree or chosen career.

Students studying on the Access to HE Diploma (Science) programme will be taught in the purpose built, Staffordshire University Science Centre.  Situated at the heart of the University Quarter it hosts a number of specialist laboratories and a cognitive and development psychology suite.  University taster days and events are arranged throughout the course to provide seamless progression to Degree programmes.  What’s more, our award winning virtual learning environment is available for all students and provides a wealth of resources to support your studies.

UCAS applications are supported by the college Careers Team. A recent report stated that ‘students felt the support afforded them whilst completing their UCAS forms had been fantastic and most already had offers from their first choice University’.

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Access to Higher Education Facilities at Stoke On Trent College:

Students on our Access to HE Diplomas benefit from fantastic modern teaching and practical facilities. Teaching for most of the courses takes place on our Cauldon campus in the new Enterprise Hub building, equipped with the up-to-date technology you would expect when preparing for higher education.

The Enterprise Hub also hosts our Costa Coffee outlet, Learning Resource Centre and all student services.
Science labs are carried out in the University Science Centre, just 10 minutes walk away, in the most advanced science teaching facility in the region.


Are you aged 19 or over?

Thinking of starting an Access course this year?

Then apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover your course fees and pay nothing upfront!

You don’t pay anything back until you are earning at least £21,000 a year AND if you progress to a degree-level course and complete it successfully, your Advanced Learning Loan is written off.


Sal Thompson – Access to HE Diploma (Science)

Sal is studying on the Access to HE Diploma (Science) and is planning to go to University to study for a BSc in Diagnostic Radiography. Sal first joined the college studying a BTEC in Photography which helped her to secure a medial illustration position, specialising in Opthalmic Imaging at the UHNMS. After a few years Sal realised she wanted another challenge and enrolled on the Access to HE Diploma (Science) course to enable her to go to University to become a Radiographer. “My time at College has taught me that I can use the skills I learn to my advantage, not only to progress my career but to develop my love of photography.  Having the opportunity to discuss ideas has been a great bonus".... Read more
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