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Access to Higher Education Health and Health Sciences Diploma Level 3 at Crawley College

Course description

Every learner at Central Sussex College who is under 19 will undertake a personal Study Programme designed to develop them academically, practically and personally. Study Programmes contain 3 essential elements:

  • Subject Course – Vocational or chosen Academic subjects, usually studied for 12 – 16 hours a week.
  • English and Maths – Every learner will work towards Level 2 English and Maths (C grade equivalent). Learners who have achieved a Grade C will extend their English and Maths.
  • 3E – Our own brand of specific entrepreneurship, enterprise and employability training.

You will have specific time in your timetable for each of the three elements above and you will be expected to attend all elements throughout the year.  Study programmes are designed to help you meet your maximum potential and progress to the next level of study of into work. 

The Access Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification designed to meet the needs of adult students returning to study. It qualifies you to study on a range of courses at university. Access courses enable students to gain 60 credits.

Course content

You will study modules in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Sociology.  In addition, you will also study aspects of Health and Social Care.


  • Human Biology (3 credits)
  • How to build and run a body (credits)
  • Body systems (3 credits)


  • Foundations of Chemistry (3 credits)
  • Elements of Life (3 credits)
  • Body chemistry (3 credits)


  • Approaches to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Psychology and Health (3 credits)


  • Welfare provision (3 credits)
  • Health as a social product (3 credits)

You will also gain credits from:

  • Extended Academic study - Biology (6 credits)
  • Extended Academic study - Chemistry (6 credits)
  • Extended Academic study - Psychology & Sociology (9 credits)
  • Developing skills for study (6 credits)
  • Reviewing and planning for the future (3 credits)

This Access Diploma is suitable for progression to a number of health professional courses such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, social work and other allied therapies, or a science related degree.  We would however recommend that you check specific entry requirements at your chosen university. 

You will receive extensive learning support as you return to study.  All Access courses have an emphasis on developing key study skills and you will follow an academic development programme.  You will have a Personal Tutor who will track your progress and help you develop study strategies. You will also be extensively supported with your application to university.

GCSE English and Maths is mandatory for most health professional degree courses. There may be an opportunity to take GCSE Maths alongside the Access course if needed.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for adults wishing to return to learning who are thinking about university or professional training, or those currently in a support role who wish to progress to professional training.

Candidates will be assessed at interview.

As applicants to most University courses are required to have a minimum Level 2 qualification, preferably GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths, we expect Access applicants to demonstrate prior achievement or achieve at least Level 2 at the Basic Skills Assessment for English and Level 1 for Maths. We may advise you to complete Maths and/or English GCSE prior to beginning the Access course if your ability levels need improving.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete this course will have the opportunity to progress to Higher Education.

Students can gain 60 Level 3 credits
45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2 are required to pass the course.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017