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Access to HE – Nursing and Midwifery Level 3

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Broxbourne Campus
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If you don’t have traditional qualifications, our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses are the ideal route to help get you one step closer to taking on a degree. Access courses are ideal for those wanting to study at a university level, but need an additional year of preparation before applying for a degree.

This popular daytime course, designed for adults (ages 19+) will prepare you for a career in Nursing or Midwifery. These industries continually recruit new professionals, and demand for professionals with these skills is currently high, so no better time to upskill or consider a career change.  

This course provides students with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow them to progress onto Higher Education. Students will complete a wide range of modules covering subjects such as safeguarding, mental health and illness, human anatomy and physiology. This course is flexible for students as it consists of two days a week in college, completing a combination of classroom-based study as well as additional blended/home learning.

What makes Access to HE at HRC special?

  • Our courses are designed for adults who are returning to learning or who may not have the right qualifications to take on a degree
  • Our blended learning approach will help you balance your studies, personal life and work commitments
  • Our students progress onto degree courses in subjects such as a spcialised area of nursing or midwifery
  • Our staff are incredibly knowledgeable in these subjects so can give you a true insight into the industry
  • You will be fully supported to apply to a University through UCAS

What do our students say?

“Access to HE was a great start in the direction I want to head, that provided me with more confidence and so much support with my learning. Plus, it’s a course for absolutely anyone!  That’s what I was always so nervous about, but it was so refreshing meeting everyone.”

 “Access to HE was a stepping stome to getting into Uni, it was the last shot I had.  The positive impacts were meeting people with similar interests at different stages of their lives.  I also feel as though the course has prepared me very well for University because it was structured like a university course.  There is nothing I would do differently, as I gave it my ‘best shot’ and I am where I want to be.”

After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:
  • Apply for a degree at a university
  • Enter into employment in this industry
You will focus on building your knowledge of core skills relative to this industry, while also developing an understanding in specialist subjects that you feel will suit your progress. You will study different Units throughout the year.
  • Care Principles                                                                                          
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to health care                                                    
  • Professional Interpersonal Skills
  • Safeguarding                                                                                  
  • Cells and Tissues
  • An introduction to health and disease
  • Female Genital Mutilation Awareness                         
  • Management of Ill Health
  • Promoting Health                                                                           
  • Drug Calculations
  • Research skills                                                                     
  • Mental health and illness
  • Academic writing                                                        
  • Preparation for higher education
  • Communication: speaking and listening
  • Promoting wellbeing and building resilience
We would definitely recommend taking on some voluntary work, if you can, alongside our Access courses! Not only would this help further your understanding of the industry you wish to work in, but it will help you stand out when you apply to university if this is a route you would like to take. To add to this, some universities would expect you to have a Science GCSE qualification at Grade 4/C, so you may wish to study this alongside your Access course. You can study this with us too, meaning you can get all of your qualifications under one roof at HRC.
Your assessment during the course will be ongoing, and will take the form of essays,  presentations, reports and exams.
To take on this course you will need:
  • Grade 4/C qualification in English and Maths
  • A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check may be required
If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.
You will need a selection of note-taking resources, depending on your preferred learning method. This could include notepads, pens and pencils, or a laptop or tablet. If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application. If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or
If you are an applicant aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £3,500 tuition fee for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024). You may be entitled to free tuition if the course is your first full Level 3 qualification. Advanced Learner Loans can be applied for to help with the tuition fees if you do not meet these criteria.You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee, and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

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