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Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is suitable for those who wish to progress to University to study a health related degree such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography or operating department practice.  You should be aged 19+ years, have had a break from full time learning and gained some experience of work.  You will need to be highly organised, able to problem solve and use initiative with effective communication skills.  You will be required to participate in a careers interview, initial assessment and a group discussion then ensure you organised fee payment for the programme before you are eligible to enrol.

Course content

You will study three principal subjects at Level 3

  • Human Physiology
  • Professional Healthcare Practice and
  • Counselling     

Plus core skills units in:

  • Study skills and
  • Academic Wrtiting

Entry requirements

You should have GCSE English Language, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Science at grade C or above.  You will also be required to undertake an initial assessment in English and maths and demonstrate Level 2 ability English and Level 1 maths.  Please note if you do not have these qualifications, htere is a pre-access course that you will be able to study to prepare you for a level 3 Access programme.


Your progress will be assessed by portfolio, assignment and exam as well as practical assesments and tests.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of your degree you could apply for roles appropraite to your HE study for example Social Worker, Early Years Educator, Teacher, Sociologist, Psychologist.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.