Access to Higher Education - Health Science pathway

Course Overview

This course is designed to prepare mature students for University level study. If you want to work in Physiotherapy, Biomedical Sciences, Podiatry, Pharmacology, Radiography or Nutrition & Dietetics this course will give you a good introduction to the subject.

In 2016-17, 94% of students on our Nursing and Health Science Access courses secured university places. This compares with a progression rate of just 58% across all Access courses in England and Wales. Testimonials from past students can be found on the course’s Facebook page at

Course Requirements

The course requires you to have achieved GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or above/grades 4-9.

The pathway will run subject to minimum numbers being reached.

Mandatory Units

Human Biology and Health Science.

Optional Units

Chemistry or Physics.

Course Progression

Most university admissions tutors will accept the Access to HE Diploma as an entry qualification for Higher Education, but there may be some degrees for which this certificate alone may not be acceptable. The suitability of the course for your ultimate career aim will be discussed at interview. Progression from this pathway can be on to degree programmes such as Physiotherapy, Operating Department Practitioner, Applied Sport Science, Plant Science, Biomedical Science, Zoology, Paramedic Practice, Nutritional Sciences and many more.

Please note that whilst your subject tutors and Personal Tutor will make every effort to support your application for a university place, progression onto a specific higher education course cannot be guaranteed. It can be a highly competitive process, and your tutors, together with the college Careers Advisers, will try to give you realistic advice as to your chances of progression. Alternative routes into the career of your choice can be discussed.

One of our previous students, Nicola Taylor, provided the following statement:
I am definitely interested in helping to promote the Access course, I really enjoyed it and it was an excellent foundation from which to move on to university. I have now been qualified as an Operating Department practitioner for a year and a half now and I love my job! I am employed at Stepping Hill Hospital where I secured a job after carrying out my practice placements whilst at university.

Course Assessment

Assessments include essays, practical reports, case studies, open or closed-book examinations and verbal, visual or IT-based presentations. All modules will include an element of time-constrained assessment which will contribute towards the final module grade.

Course Finance

The fees for the course in 2018 are £3384.00. Fees are due at enrolment and an instalment plan is available. Once you have enrolled you are liable for the full year's fee, regardless of whether the full year is completed or not.

You are able to take out an Advanced Learner Loan for the tuition fees (the registration fee cannot be included, this must be paid yourself). This loan will be wiped out once you have completed a Higher Education programme.

Course Includes

On this pathway you will study the following units:
• Human Biology (mandatory)
• Health Sciences (mandatory)
• Physics or Chemistry

The course runs for an academic year and you will be attending three days per week. You will be attending for 14.5 hours per week (13.5 hours of lessons and 1 hour of tutorial). You will also need to allow at least 6 hours for private study and assignment completion.

The tutors on this course are Dr. Andy Stott, Heather Sleigh, Aamira Iqbal and Hugh Rogers.
The programme takes place at our Stockport Town Centre campus.


Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma from Open Awards.

Quality Assurance

QA systems are embedded throughout the College and the College is regulated by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The College is also routinely inspected by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills).

Course Additional Information