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Level 3

Access to HE Diploma: Healthcare Professions – Level 3


Applicants must already hold: GCSE English Language grade A* – C/grade 9 – 4 and GCSE Maths grade A* – C/grade 9 – 4. You will need to provide proof of your qualifications. Functional skills level 2 may be accepted, depending on the University degree specialism you wish to follow.,

The Access course is 2 days a week, 9.30- 5pm with 100% attendance required, plus 10 hours additional study at home for research. Provisional Teaching days are Tuesday and Thursday, however these may be subject to change.

The Access Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification designed to meet the needs of adult students returning to study. It qualifies you to study on a range of courses at university including Paramedic Sciences, Nursing, midwifery & Physiotherapy.

You will study topics in Biology, Psychology and Sociology. In addition, you will also study aspects of Health and Social Care. Some of the units include


  • Cells, tissues and organs for healthcare
  • Homeostasis for Healthcare
  • Blood circulation and gaseous exchange
  • Disease of body defenses
  • Musculoskeletal systems


  • Drugs and food additives


  • Introduction to Psychology –
  • Psychology of mental health
  • Applied Stress Management –


  • Introduction to Sociology –
  • The Sociology of Health –
  • Understanding ethics in healthcare
  • Understanding Health Promotion and Health education

You will also gain credits from:

  • Independent Academic study Graded research Project
  • Skills for Study: Essay writing
  • Reviewing and Planning for the Future –
  • Critical Thinking –
  • Research Skills for Academic study –
  • Giving an presentation

Total 60 credits

This Access Diploma is suitable for progression to a number of health professional courses such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, social work, Paramedic Sciences, Podiatry & Physiotherapy and other allied therapies, or a science related degree. We would however recommend that you check specific entry requirements at your chosen university.

You will receive extensive learning support as you return to study. All Access courses have an emphasis on developing key study skills and you will follow an academic development programme. You will have a Personal Tutor who will track your progress and help you develop study strategies. You will also be extensively supported with your application to university.

PLEASE NOTE: The Access course is currently under revalidation through the awarding body, Laser. There may be some updates to the modules listed, but any changes will be in line with the sector demands.

*It is essential to note that in order to achieve your qualification, the course demands the workload of a full time course. You will need a minimum of another two days a week for home study and assignment completion.


ou must be aged over
19 years old at the start of the academic year to undertake an access

Applicants must
already hold: GCSE English Language grade A* – C/grade 9 – 4 and GCSE Maths grade A* –
C/grade 9 – 4. You will need to provide proof of your qualifications prior to
starting the course. Functional Skills Level 2 Maths may be accepted, depending
on the University Degree specialism you will to follow.

Preparing for the Access Diploma

As the course prepares you for the
demands of University any preparation for this course is very useful. Good time
management will be extremely important.

I.T skills

In line with the other institutions that offer Higher Education qualifications,
you will be expected to word process all your assignments. It is vital that you
have this skill for the course.


Preparing for the Access course

Good time management is critical for
students undertaking this course. The academic study is the equivalent to that
of A level standard, so a good overall knowledge of study skills is needed.

Work experience

Work experience in line with your career aim (either with pay or in a voluntary
capacity) is very important. You will need to research university course
requirements at Higher Education Level, e.g Social work courses sometimes
require relevant experience. Previous students have found voluntary work at
East Surrey Hospital on most wards very helpful for their Personal Statement
for University. Many local hospitals offer volunteer roles within their
departments – contact the Hospital Volunteer Coordinator for further
information, with places at university in high demand, a background in the
Health sector or volunteer experience is becoming a necessity.

I.T skills

In line with other institutions that offer Higher
Education qualifications, you will be expected to word process most of your
assignments. It is vital that you have this skill for this course.

Crawley College offers an exciting Access programme and you will be able to
choose the pathway that suits your future plans, to prepare you for progression
to higher education.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


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