Access to HE Diploma (Health)

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
ONE Awards
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
(previous year's fees)


The Access to Higher Education Diploma is widely recognised by universities and colleges, throughout the country, as an entry qualification for degrees and many professional courses. If you do not have the formal qualifications required for degree level study then this course can help you reach your goals.

The Health pathway provides the entry criteria for a variety of health related higher education qualifications including nursing, midwifery and paramedics (providing you also have GCSE maths and English).

Access to HE diplomas start in the first week of September. Days and dates depend on the diploma/group chosen. This information is sent to all those with previously offered places in June/July or, given at interview.
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Our Access to HE programmes

If you want to study a degree but don't have the formal qualifications required then this programme can help you reach your goals. 


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Why choose New College Durham for Access to HE?

Set in a modern campus with excellent facilities, high quality teaching and a supportive learning environment, New College Durham is a great place to study.


This course aims to provide you with the skills and entry qualifications needed to confidently, competently and successfully progress to study Higher Education.

You could progress to study a degree in Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and Podiatry. This is a just a small selection of the most popular progression routes.


The course consists of graded and ungraded Diploma units.

Ungraded units:
  • Study Skills (worth 6 credits at Level 2)
  • Access Project (worth 3 credits at Level 3).

Graded units (each worth 9 credits at Level 3) have been selected to offer vocational and academic pathways. Advice on pathway selection is given at interview and during induction. The units include:
  • Psychology
  • Applied Human Biology
  • Core Science
  • Health Promotion
  • Values and Practice in Care Development.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Independent Learning


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will study a total of 60 credits on the programme, across a variety of assessment types.

You will be assessed through reports, in class assessments, practical experiments and presentations. You will also be expected to study independently - your lecturers will also suggest reading or research tasks or will set reading lists.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


You are not required to undertake a work placement whilst studying the Access to HE diploma, though your subject knowledge and subsequent university application may benefit from experience of working or volunteering in a relevant industry.

Recent graduates of our Access course have progressed to over 40 different degree programmes at 15 different universities.

You could progress to a higher education qualification, such as a foundation degree or an honours degree, in health and social care, podiatry or social work at New College Durham, or you could progress to another health related degree at university.

Meet our students

Sarah Bates - Access to HE - Health

Sarah Bates

Sarah progressed to study BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies at Teesside University.

Carla Manship

Carla Manship

After completing Access to HE, Carla progressed to university to study BSC (Hons) Physiotherapy is now employed by Yorkshire Ambulance Service as a Patient Transport Team Leader with responsibility for the Sheffield region and over 60 members of staff

Carys-Lona Lant

Carys-Iona Lant

Carys-Iona described her time at New College Durham as fun, encouraging and inspiring.  She is now working as a Speech and Language Therapist.

Alison Brazell CS

Alison Brazell

Access to HE student Alison juggled her family and work commitments alongside her studies at New College Durham.

Helen Tait CS

Helen Tait

Helen fitted studying for the Access to HE qualification around her family commitments and has now progressed to a degree in Nursing at Northumbria University.

What else?

We always receive excellent external moderation reports praising the quality of our Access to HE programme.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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View our refund policy for further and higher education programmes (page 2) and full cost courses.


Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview with a member of the Access to Higher Education programme team.

You will be required to bring certificates for qualifications, including GCSE or alternatives in maths and English.

Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

Find out more information about your college interview.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold GCSE qualifications (C/4+), or Level 2 equivalent, in English and maths.

You may study one of these qualifications alongside the diploma but must have achieved the other before starting Access to HE.

Some universities/degrees require GCSEs rather than alternative qualifications, or require the GCSEs at a higher grade. Students should investigate this before starting the Access to HE diploma.