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Health Professions (Access to HE) Level 3 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

This exciting and successful programme has been designed to prepare adults for health-related degrees or other advanced courses at university or college. Our Access to Higher Education courses are approved by the Quality Assurance Agency QAA. If you have not studied for some time, this course will develop your confidence and academic skills.

Course content

You will study a variety of level 3 modules such as:Human PhysiologySocial Issues in HealthcareHealth CommunicationPsychology or MidwiferyAcademic Writing and Study Skills (which will take you through your university application and interviews, showing you how to research and how to give a presentation)Please note, units may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Most universities ask for GCSE in English Language and/or GCSE Maths at C or above, in addition to the Access Diploma, in order to be eligible to apply for certain degrees. You are therefore advised to research your intended degree and the universities you intend to apply to, in order to confirm their specific entry requirements. For this reason, you will be required to have a minimum of GCSE English Language or Maths at C or above for entry onto the Access Course. Adults who do not have the pre-requisite entry qualifications are welcome to apply. The admissions tutor will use your initial assessment results to ascertain whether this is the right course for you.


You will be assessed during the course as each unit is taught and completed. A variety of methods will be used such as essays, presentations, research projects and exams.

Financial information

Apart from the course and examination fees, you will need the usual student stationery such as: pens, paper and files. The purchase of text books is not compulsory - there is a wide selection of books available in the Learning Resource Centre. Should you wish to purchase text books, your subject tutors will recommend suitable books.

Future opportunities

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are recognised by all universities for most degree subjects. They have been designed, developed and approved with the support of universities and other higher education institutions.Learners who achieve this qualification go on to study degrees in adult, mental health or children’s nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, occupational therapy, radiography, physiotherapy and other health-related degrees.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

Universities expect adults who apply for some vocational degrees to have previous relevant paid or voluntary experience. Life and work experience is valuable and applicants need to have spent some time out of school and be mature.If you do not already have this experience, you will be required to organise relevant experience before you begin the course. For example, if you are aiming for a nursing degree, voluntary experience working within health care would be an advantage. If you require advice about which type of experience would help your university application, ask to speak to our careers advisor or voluntary work co-ordinator, both based in Learner Services.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

You will be encouraged to attend university open days and Access Students' Information days at your potential university choices.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warrington & Vale Royal College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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      By Bus: Warrington & Vale Royal College is easily accessible by bus from the town centre and nearby Cheshire districts. Bus numbers* 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Warrington Bus Station to Winwick Road Campus.

      *Please note bus numbers are subject to change.