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Health Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3 at Malvern Hills College

Course description

This course is designed to meet the needs of adults wishing to return to education in order to progress onto a university degree course. This Access course covers a wide variety of disciplines including biology, sociology, psychology and health studies. Students may use this course to gain entry onto a large range of university courses including nursing, social work , occupational therapy, midwifery or teaching for example.

Course content

What’s involved?

  • Core skills to prepare for study at Higher Education level: Skills for Learning
  • Students will study four main option modules: Biology, Sociology, Psychology and Health Studies
  • You will receive 13 hours of teaching per week on the daytime course and 10 hours per week on the evening course.  In addition, you will be expected to commit to similar hours of self-study each week.   

How will I be studying?

The course will introduce you to the types of assessment that would be met at university: academic essay, seminars, presentations, scientific reports, research and exams.

Entry requirements

We expect you to have, as a minimum, GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths (or equivalent qualifications). 

If you do not already have these qualifications, you will be advised to do the Pre-Access Course.  

You will also need to have a successful interview.


You will complete an assessment for each unit; this will be achieved through individual study/group work. These will be either graded or ungraded and full feedback will be given with each marked assignment. 

Future opportunities

The Access courses are designed to provide mature learners with the qualifications needed to progress onto study at university or to start a career in thier chosen area. Where students have chosen to not take up a university place or have deferred their place, they have typically improved their employment through promotion or change of career. The course is ideal for those who do not have the required qualifications to apply to university, or those who have been out of a learning environment for some time.

Former students have used the Access to Higher Education course as a stepping stone to university. They have successfully studied degrees in a variety of subjects including nursing, midwifery, teaching and social work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 August 2016

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    • The Evesham campus is a short walk from Evesham town centre. It is well placed for bus links from the surroundings area.

      The campus has...

      ·         A state of the art motor vehicle workshops

      ·         New hair & beauty training salons called PURE - Hair, Beauty & Relaxation, which are also open to the public

      ·         Training rooms for public services and construction

      ·         A dedicated health and childcare teaching area

      ·         Fully equipped IT facilities and media suite

      ·         A new photographic studio

      ·         An Energy Training Centre

      ·         Indoor and outdoor animal care facilities

      We also have a well equipped Learning Resources Centre and an excellent refreshment and relaxation area in The Hub, which includes a Costa Coffee Shop.