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Access - Health and Social Care at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

The Access course is a 1 year course run over 3 days per week. It is for adults wanting to gain an academic qualification so as to gain access to University. It provides you with a qualification that leads you into your chosen career in the Health and Social Care sector. This sector is diverse and holds multiple career pathways for your future. This course is therefore ideal for those wishing to progress to university studying toward careers in Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Social Work, Counselling, Care Management, Midwifery, Primary Teaching, Occupational Therapy, Social Science, Psychology, Youth and Community work and more.
Health and Social Care professionals need to have an empathy for people and a good understanding of the theoretical and practical issues involved in their profession in order to do the job efficiently. These qualities will allow them to cope effectively with the demands that working in this sector in the 21st century entails.
The Access course is the stepping-stone to careers that are challenging yet rewarding and always in demand.

Course content

This course has a varied curriculum and encompasses a wide range of subjects. You will study the following modules:


  • Human Reproduction
  • Heart, Circulation and Gas exchange
  • Human nutrition and digestion
  • Human movement
  • Human Disease and Immunity
  • Homeostasis


  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Stress
  • Social Psychology
  • Atypical psychology – treatments and therapies

Health studies:

  • Ethical Issues
  • Perspectives of Health
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Health Promotion

Additional modules:

  • HSC placement
  • Researching Higher Education
  • Academic writing
  • Examination Technique
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Word Processing


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course although a grade C at GCSE in maths and English is an advantage. Some students will be asked to retake English or maths GCSE alongside their Access course in order to help them meet the Universities entry requirements.


Your achievement is dependent upon excellent attendance and effort. You will learn in a friendly and highly supportive atmosphere. You are assessed via assignments (mainly essays). You are provided with a list of these assignments from day one and are taught all that is needed for you to write them plus offered additional support from the staff.
The course is credit based each module is worth 3 credits. Students need to collect 15 credits at Level 2 (5 modules) and 45 credits at Level 3 (15 modules). Most credits are gained by continuous assessment or assignments. You will complete 20 modules during the course.

Future opportunities

The Access to Higher Education programme is designed to give you the necessary grounding to progress on to Higher Education courses. The majority of British Universities will accept Access to Higher Education courses as an alternative to A Levels and other more traditional routes. In previous years students have gained places to train as nurses, teachers, and occupational therapists as well as paramedics, social workers, counsellors and midwives.  Others have chosen to follow degrees in other caring professions and in a diverse range of subjects, including Anthropology, Forensic Science, English, Zoology and Journalism

Further information

We encourage all students to read widely and conduct their own research into their future career and into all subjects covered on the course. Our library staff can help you with all aspects of this. We have excellent teaching staff who are here to support you to success on this course. Our study skills team can offer additional 1:1 support sessions to ensure your academic progress. Our student services team can help you with all things outside of your coursework including childcare, transport, financial advice and counselling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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