Level 3

Access to Higher Education Health and Health Sciences Diploma - Level 3

Access to Higher Education Health and Health Sciences Diploma - Level 3


  • Course code:


  • Subject area:

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

  • Attendance:

    Full Time

  • Qualification:

    Crawley College Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health and Heath Sciences Level 3 (validated by LASER)

  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Venue:


  • Start Date:

    January 2020 -  Monday & Wednesday 09:30-5pm

    September 2020 - 2 days per week



About the course

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, Podiatry & Physiotherapy.

You will study modules in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Sociology.  In addition, you will also study aspects of Health and Social Care.


  • Genetics Pathogens and Immunology - 3 credits
  • The Human Body - 3 credits


  • Body Chemistry - 3 credits


  • Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
  • Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits
  • Applied Stress Management - 3 credits


  • Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits
  • The Sociology of Health - 3 credits
  • Equality and Diversity - 3 credits
  • Health Promotion - 3 credits

You will also gain credits from:

  • Extended Independent Academic study - Science - 9 credits
  • Extended Academic study - Biology - 6 credits
  • Developing Skills for study - 6 credits
  • Reviewing and Planning for the Future - 3 credits
  • Critical Thinking - 3 credits
  • Research Skills for Academic study - 3 credits

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.

GCSE English and Maths is mandatory for all health professional degree courses.

*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.


Are you over 19 years old and have an interest in Health Sciences? This course is suitable for those who are looking to enter the Health Sector and are wishing to progress onto a science based degree, such as Physiotherapy or Podiatry.  This course has a large science focus, with units such as The Human Body and Genetics Pathogens and Immunity being studied.  The course also considers the psychological and sociological theories of Heath Sciences too.

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.
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.

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 now becoming a necessity.

I.T skills

In line with the 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 the 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.


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

January 2020 -  Monday & Wednesday 09:30-5pm

September 2020 - 2 days per week




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.