Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Human Science


1 year
1 year


Rush Green Campus


Apr 2023
Sep 2023
Oct 2023


Adult 19+

Aiming to study at degree-level in Health and Human Science?

This course will give you the skills you need to progress onto the degree programme of your choice in Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Mental Health Nursing or Occupational Therapy.

This course is comprised of the following units:

• Finding and Reading Information

• Human Tissues and Systems

• Role of the Health or Social Care Professional

• Transport and Respiration

• Health Inequalities

• Essay Writing

• Muscular-Skeletal System

• Preparation to Higher Education

• The History and Development of the Welfare State

• Report Writing

• Speaking and Listening

• Communication Skills in a Professional Setting

• The Digestive System

• Homeostasis and Controlling Factors in the Body

• Mental Health an Illness

• Reproductive System

• Extended Project

Learners will be assessed through coursework, presentations, debates and exams.

Work experience is highly desirable to support your UCAS application. You'll also need literacy skills - either via GCSE English or Level 2 Functional Skills.

The Access programme requires the study of 17 units, over 9 month period and therefore to successfully complete this programme you'll require a lot of self-discipline and resilience. It's designed for mature learners who have substantial work, personal or academic experience and can demonstrate that they have successfully overcome challenges before.

Access to HE Diploma courses are for students aged 19+ by 31st August in the year in which they start the Access programme. You must have, or be enrolled on, a level 2 Functional Skills or GCSE qualification in English and maths.

Course tutors have extensive experience in preparing students for:

  • Further and higher education programmes
  • Employment in related sectors

Learners can work alongside the course as they must only commit to two days a week at college for the diploma. We recommend finding relevant work experience to support their UCAS application, however this is not compulsory.

Guest speakers, including Nurses and Healthcare professionals, University Lecturers and Staff, as well as previous students sharing their tips and experiences.

We support learners in signing up for master classes offered by universities.

Full 60 Credit Diploma, with 45 credits graded units and 15 ungraded study skills.

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.

ONCLR, the awarding organisation has many partnership agreements with some of London's top universities. Studying this course allows you to enhance your employability options and UCAS applications.

Success Stories

A previous BDC Nursing student won both the Michael Sergeant Award and Keith Fletcher Award for their achievements on the Access diploma.

Many students have also progressed to top universities, graduated with First Class Honours Degrees and progressed into senior roles within the NHS.

Previous learners progressed into:

• Nursing
• Midwifery
• Paediatric Nursing
• Paramedic Science
• Mental Health Nursing
• Occupational Therapy
• Learning Disability Nursing
• Operating Department Practitioner