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Access to Nursing at Stanmore College

Course description

A one year course designed to equip over 19s with the skills, confidence and academic qualification to enable them to progress onto a university course.

Course content

Course objectives:

Gain the access certificate (equivalent to 3 A levels A-C) allowing HE progression

Introduction to main subjects in nursing studies

Ability to use research skills and undertake independent study/ take notes/ planand write essays/ deliverpresentations

Who the course is aimed at:

This course is aimed at adults (over 19s) who have not had an opportunity to complete a level 3 qualification (A levels; BTEC); those whose qualifications are not recognised in the UK; adults whose children are now in full time education and are looking for a career change

Course content:

360 hours over 30 weeks = a full time course

12 hours a week class contact time and at least 20 hours per week self-directed study

This is an academic course and our aim is to equip students with the study skills needed to succeed in Higher Education

There is a choice of two courses:

The day course is Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 9.15am-2.45pm*

The evening course is Mondays 1.30pm 6pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays- 5pm - 9pm*


*Please be aware that these dates and times may be subject to change

Entry requirements

The course is open to adults subject to status. In order to study nursing, midwifery, occupational or physiotherapy in Higher Education you must be eligible to receive funding for your course, criteria:


  • EU Citizen
  • Indefinite leave to remain
  • Student visas are not accepted in Higher Education in England to study the above course
  • Clean DBS (CRB) will be needed to enter all health related courses

Must have GCSE English at grade C or aboveand level 2 maths or above -evidence will be required to be able to enrol

Complete initial assessments in English and maths and a short piece of writing at the interview session to assess suitability for the course

Subject to status


Sit a short interview


  • Training method:


    • Formal written examination (1).
    • Oral presentations
    • Formal essays
    • Written reports
    • Assignments, some have more than one task. i.e. applications, courses and careers has 6 tasks to complete the assignment (UCAS application)
    • At any one time you will be working on at least 3/4 different assignments all due at the same time, most of which will be level 3 = 'A level'

Future opportunities

  • Recommended follow up courses:

    Midwifery and other Nursing degree courses leading to a career as a nurse in any of the specialist areas: Adult Nursing: Learning Disability Nursing: Mental Health Nursing: Paediatric Nursing.

    Employment opportunities:

    After graduation a wide range of careers in the caring professions are accessible as well as careers in the NHS.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanmore College directly.

Last updated date: 07 June 2016
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