Level 3

Access To Higher Education Diploma - Nursing and Healthcare Professions - Level 3

Access To Higher Education Diploma - Nursing and Healthcare Professions - Level 3


  • Course code:


  • Subject area:

    Access to Higher Education, Health and Social Care, Higher Education, Sciences

  • Attendance:

    Full Time

  • Qualification:

    Crawley College Access Diploma validated by LASER formally OCNSER.

  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Venue:


  • Start Date:

    January 2020 -  Monday & Wednesday 9:30-17:00

    September 2020 - 2 days per week



Start Date End Date Description
07/01/202008/12/2020Crawley / Part Time Day
Course fees information for period : Jan 7 2020 - Dec 8 2020
Web Fee Awarding Body Fee = £0.00
Web Fee Exam Fees = £0.00
Web Fee Other Fees = £0.00
Web Fee Tuition Fees = £3,384.00

About the course

Are you over 19 years old and have a passion for caring for people, an interest in Nursing or you want to study Mental Health at degree level this course will help you achieve the requirements to continue your journey and gain a place at unversity.

This course covers a variety of subjects from Biology to Psychology, Academic Skills to Research. This is a very popular course that has a proven track record for students achieving and gaining a place at unversity.

The Access Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification designed to meet the needs of adult students returning to study. The Access Diploma qualifies you to study a range of courses at University, including a Degree in Adult Nursing, Paediatric Nursing,  Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Paramedic Sciences, Operating Department Practitioner and Mental Health Nursing.

You will study subject areas such as:

Academic Development

  • Skills for Studying & Learning - 6 credits
  • Reviewing & Planning for the future - 3 credits
  • Critical Thinking - 3 credits
  • Research Skills - 3 credits
  • Extended Independent Academic Study (Professional Studies) - 9 credits


  • Independent and Academic Study (Science) - 6 credits
  • Genetics, Pathogens & Immunity - 3 credits
  • The Human Body - 3 credits
  • Body Chemistry - 3 credits

Social Science

  • Introduction to Psycholgy - 3 credits
  • Abnormal Psycholgy - 3 credits
  • Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits
  • The Sociology of Health - 3 credits
  • Health Promotion & Health Education - 3 credits
  • Applied Stress Management - 3 credits

Total 60 credits

Suggested background reading

Once you have started the course, your unit tutor will guide you in the choice of source material and all ‘suggested reading’ is given in the Course Handbook. The Course Handbook is received at your induction in your first week of college.

This course requires a commitment to reading evidence-based material from a variety of academic sources. Suggestions for pre-course reading include:

  • Nursing Times/Nursing Standard
  • Community Care
  • The Study Skills Handbook (Palgrave), Cottrell, S. (most recent edition)

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


Applicants must already hold:

GCSE English Language grade C/grade 4 or above or a Level 2 English.
GCSE Maths grade C/grade 4 or above or a Level 2 Maths.
You will need to provide proof of your qualifications.
However applicants who have achieved a GCSE Maths grade D/grade 3 or hold a Level 1 in Maths, will be considered at interview stage by the course tutor.
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.

You may wish to undertake an I.T Improvers course before starting the course. There are short I.T courses available at our Horsham Campus.

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 enquire about the 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.  Most of the local hospitals have a volunteer coordinator who will issue application forms.

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.



Assessments are evaluative and analytical e.g. covering essays and reports from 600 – 2,000 words.  Most of the 16 units have at least 2 assignments.  Unit tests are set by the Tutor and for example are used in Human Body, Psychology and Sociology. 

Individual presentations to the Tutor and peer group form a part of the assessment and are used regularly.  Further debates, seminar papers, presentations and group work constitute a part of the assessment process.  A Tutorial programme exists to support the learner and regular feedback is given to monitor the progress and success of each learner.

Each Unit is graded for Pass, Merit and Distinction achievement.  University Degree courses require some units achieved at Merit and Distinction grades.  Each university and each individual course sets its own requirements as to the number of Distinctions and Merits needed to achieve an offer of a place.  It is your responsibility to clarify the grades demanded for your intended Higher Education course.


Cost Information for students aged 19 and over on the start date of their studies.

Students aged 19 and over may be entitled to a Bursary payment to help with costs such as travel to College, trips and equipment and childcare. To qualify you must be resident in the UK and meet the eligibility criteria which will include evidence of your financial circumstances.

Level 3 Entitlement: students aged 19-23 years old who are studying for their first qualification at Level 3 will be fully-funded, which means your tuition fees, awarding body registration or exam fees will be covered.

Advanced Learner Loans

Learners who are aged 19 and over and studying Level 3 - 6 Further Education and training programmes.

Advanced Learner Loans will give learners in further education access to financial support for tuition costs, similar to that which is available in Higher Education. This means rather than an individual having to pay for their course upfront they have the option of accessing a loan, from the Student Loans Company, that they will only start to repay once they have left the course and are earning over £25,000.

Learners aged 19 and over will therefore have the option to either:

  • Pay the course fees themselves
  • Have an employer/sponsor pay the course fees for them
  • Apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay for the course fees

The Advanced Learner Loans are for anyone who is:

  • Aged 19 and above at the start of their course
  • Studying at Level 3 - 6 in Further Education and training
  • Resident in the UK
  • Has not previously had a loan to do the same type and level of qualification.

The loan is available irrespective of the learner’s current employment status and the loan will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.

Attendance requirements

September 2020 - 2 days per week

January 2020 -  Monday & Wednesday 9:30-17:00


The course is validated by LASER (formerly OCNSER), as a recognised access programme and allows you to progress to a Foundation Degree or Nursing/Midwifery degree at university, providing you meet other qualification criteria such as GCSE Maths.


For further information please contact the Admissions Team by emailing admissions@crawley.ac.uk or by calling 01293 442200 - press option 2 for Admissions.