Access to Higher Education – Diploma in Health (PT)
What is this course about?
Please note that this course follows on from a 4 week introductory course – please see start dates on the right for details. Please ensure that you are enrolled on the short course first, upon successful completion of which you will be enrolled on this course.
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, 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
Sociology: Crime and Deviance,
Sociology of Health and Family
There are no formal entry
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
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.
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.