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: 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: Tue 12/09/2017
Time: 09:00-17:00
Start: Tue 11/09/2018
Time: 09:00-17:00

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.

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


  • Tue 12/09/20174 weeks
  • Tue 11/09/20184 weeks




Fee Code: L

These courses receive government funding, and some learners will be eligible for FREE tuition if you meet specific criteria. Some ‘L’ code courses from Level 2 upwards may also have an Advanced Learning Loan available for most learners aged 19 and over. See here for more information about the criteria for free tuition and here for Advanced Learning Loans.

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