What is this course about?

The Access to Higher Education course provides you with a qualification that will enable you to progress to university to study a range of vocational and academic Health degree programmes. The Access course is an ideal way of developing the skills necessary to progress to university whilst studying subjects that are relevant to your chosen degree programme. The course covers 3 key topics of Psychology, Biology and Sociology for Health as follows: Psychology: Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Memory Processes, Stress and Social Psychology Biology: Cell Biology, Genetics, Human Immunity, Human Nutrition and the Digestive System, Reproduction and Growth, Respiration and Circulation, Endocrine and Nervous System, Musculo-Skeletal System and Urinary System Sociology: Crime and Deviance, Sociology of Health and Family
Start: Mon 12/09/2017
Time: 09:00-16:00

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, all students will be required to do a short, Pre-Access course in order to prepare for the main Access to HE course. Students without qualifications in Maths and English may find it beneficial to complete the Return to Study course first. This enables students to develop confidence in their ability to study at a higher level before starting the Access programme. In addition, students will need to check the entry requirements for their chosen degree programme. Some courses require students to have GCSEs in Maths and/or English or relevant work experience. It is very important that you check these entry requirements before you start the course.

How is it taught?

The Access course is taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, research, laboratory based experiments, group discussions and workshops. In addition to taught sessions students will develop independent research and study skills through seminar based sessions. Typically, you should expect to be in College for approximately fourteen hours per week, normally over three days. In addition, you will need to undertake approximately fifteen hours of independent study per week to include additional research and assessment work.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a varied range of assessment methods. These will include; written assignments, laboratory based experiments, open book tests, presentations, group activities and written reports. The assessments take place throughout the course so you will not have to face any final exams at the end to pass the course, and you can monitor your progress at any stage. To achieve the Access to HE qualification you will need to gain 60 credits in total, a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 which will be graded and 15 credits which will be ungraded

What else do I need to know?

Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. If you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resource Centres or one of the special study workshops in English, Mathematics and Information Technology. All our classrooms are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience.

What could I do next?

Successful completion of the Access course will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification that is an alternative to the traditional qualifications required to progress to university. Typically, successful students? progress to a range of Health related degree programmes including Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Children?s Nursing and Midwifery.
Course Code


  • Mon 12/09/20174 weeks

Cauldon/Science Centre


16 - 18? Course is Free!

16 - 18? Course is Free!

Fee Code: P

These are community courses, aimed at helping adults of all ages get back into learning. The courses are already subsidised and so there is no fee remission available. Due to government funding restrictions we are only able to offer these low prices for one course per academic year. Should you wish to attend more than one 'P' code course, the charge will be £8 per hour.

* Please note that fees shown are for 1 year only. If course is longer than 1 year/38 weeks, then additional fees will apply.