Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care): Online

Gain the skills and qualifications you need to get onto a healthcare course at university to begin your career in the NHS or other related healthcare organisations.

This course is delivered fully online and is a fast-track route to the healthcare profession you have always wanted! Get the skills and qualifications you need to progress to university starting on your way to a career in the NHS or other related healthcare organisations.

Finding the time to learn the skills and knowledge needed to progress your career can be difficult. Online learning means that you can study flexibly, at times to suit you and your lifestyle. As a one-year programme, it also means that you will be ready for university in less time than if you followed the traditional A Level route.

You will study Psychology, Biology and Professional Healthcare Practice with modules covering Introduction to Cell Biology, Aspects of Human Physiology, Planning a Practical Investigation, Biomolecules, Introduction to Psychology, Child Development, Psychological Investigation and Psychological Perspective and Behaviours, Introduction to Professional Healthcare Practice, Health Promotion, and a research project.

Benefits of studying with Activate Learning:

  • Designed exclusively for adults (19+)
  • Equivalent to three A Levels, allowing you to achieve the qualification you need to progress to university.
  • Widely recognised and accepted qualification by UK universities. This is validated and moderated by Ascentis under licence from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • Help and guidance on writing your personal statement and completing your UCAS application
  • Flexible learning enabling you to study whilst working and personal commitments
  • Support readily available from your subject tutor
  • Funding with the Advanced Learner Loan available


A supported learning journey

Teaching will be delivered by way of self-directed learning with access to regular tutor support. Additional webinars and online forums for group discussions are also available throughout your studies.

One subject will be covered at a time and a tutor with specialist subject knowledge will be assigned to guide and support you on your learning journey. Although the workload of the course is intensive, it is structured in a way that recognises the pressures on adult learners. Many students successfully balance a healthy work/home life whilst studying the course and Activate Learning has helped over 3,000 Access to HE students’ progress on to university.

Ascentis-accredited assessments

You will be assessed through coursework. All assessments are internally and externally verified through a rigorous and robust process to ensure all grading is consistent, fair and provides developmental feedback. 

The course is validated and moderated by Ascentis under license from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and comprises of 60 credits, of which 45 are graded and 15 ungraded. You will study towards 3 credits in Preparing to Progress, 3 credits in academic writing and 54 credits over the three subjects Biology, Psychology and Professional Health Care Practice. Credits are gained through the coursework.
We would advise for you to check with your chosen University to ensure they accept these units for your chosen course before you apply.

  • Non-Academic: Preparing to Progress 3 credits (Ungraded) Preparing to progress Booklet
  • Non-Academic: Academic Writing 3 credits (Ungraded) Academic Writing Booklet and essay
  • Psychology: Introduction to Psychology 3 credits (Ungraded) 2000-word essay
  • Psychology: Child Development 3 credits (Graded) 2000-word essay
  • Psychology: Psychological Perspectives and Behaviours 6 credits (Graded) 3500-word essay
  • Psychology: Psychological Investigation 6 credits (Graded) 3500-word Research Report
  • Biology: Introduction to Cell Biology 3 credits (Ungraded) 2000-word assignment
  • Biology: Aspects of Human Physiology 6 credits (Graded) 3500-word assignment
  • Biology: Human reproductive Biology 3 credits (Graded) 2000-word assignment
  • Biology: Biomolecules and Biological Principles 6 credits (Graded) 3500-word assignment
  • Professional Healthcare Practice: Introduction to PHP 3 credits (Ungraded)
  • 2000-word essay
  • Professional Healthcare Practice: Health Promotion 3 credits (Graded) 2000-word essay
  • Professional Healthcare Practice: Society and Community Healthcare Provision 6 credits (Graded) 3000-word essay and Presentation
  • Professional Healthcare Practice: Research Project 6 credits (Graded) 3500-word Research Report


An Access to HE Diploma will help you to progress to study at university.
Throughout the year, you will develop highly transferable skills in:

  • academic writing
  • independent research
  • organisation
  • time management

All of which can help you improve your prospects and enable you to be ready for the next step, whether that is employment or education.

Please note: To study on this course, you must have a GCSE at Grade 4 (C) OR a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification in English and maths. You will be unable to study maths and/or English GCSEs alongside this course.

You must also:

  • be aged 19+ at the start of the academic year
  • be living in the UK
  • already hold a Grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE maths and GCSE English Language, or an equivalent qualification such as a Functional Skills Level 2. If you hold international qualifications, we can assess these to see if you meet the criteria!
  • pass an entry assessment in maths and English.

Please note: For your application to be processed, we need to see your official certificates. These can be requested from the awarding body if you no longer have them.

If you don’t meet the entry criteria, don’t worry! We have a range of one-year, Pre-Access courses available to help you get started.

Funding Options:

To be eligible for funding, you will need to live in England. Anyone in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will need to self-fund the course.

If you are aged 19–23 and do not hold a prior full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible to study the course for free. This would also depend on your location within the UK, but we would check this for you during your application process.

 If you are aged over 23, or you are 19–23 with a full Level 3 qualification, you can fund the course with the Advanced Learner Loan supplied by Student Finance England. This loan will be wiped from your records if you progress to university and complete your studies! If you do not progress to university or a higher education course, you will not need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725.00.

*Anyone living in a devolved postcode area may be ineligible for certain funding options, we will be in contact with any applicants who live in these areas to explain their options.

Nursing Bursary for those going on to degree-level courses: Nursing students starting university will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs.

The funding will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020. Read more about how it is expected to benefit more than 35,000 students every year.


Once you submit your application with us and we have seen proof of your maths and English qualifications, you will receive an initial literacy and numeracy test by email to check your suitability to study at Level 3. Don’t worry: most students are successful at this!

When you pass, you will then receive an offer for the course and the most relevant funding information to you.

Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

    years of teaching experience

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