Access to Healthcare

Access to Healthcare

The Access course has been designed for those adults who feel they missed out on higher education when they were younger or would like a change of career.

Course Information

  • Course Type Access
  • Subject Area Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
  • Qualification Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Maths and Science Centre
  • Course Length 1 year
  • Start Date September Yearly
  • End Date July Yearly
  • Day 3 days per week - TBC
  • Times 9.00am-4.30pm (Hours may vary)
  • Fee £3,384* plus £30 Resource Fee
  • Reduced Fee

    *See below for support with funding this course


This programme aims to provide a firm foundation for study at degree level. Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course.

Tutorial sessions support learners and offer guidance with the UCAS process and study skills.

The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 20 hours of additional study at home each week. Additional support is available for students for particular difficulties/needs.

There is also:

  • A Learning Support team
  • Learning Centres
  • Wellbeing team (Counsellors)
  • A Learner Support Fund (apply through college)
  • designated study space specifically for our HE and Access to HE students

*2021-22 fees for Access to Higher Education courses are dependent on your age, circumstances and chosen course. Click here to view more information about fees. This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, which may be written off if you continue your studies in to higher education at college or university. For more information click here.

You may be entitled to support towards the fee, please phone 01392 400170 or email for advice.

For further detail please visit our Awarding Body website here.

The programme consists of compulsory core units and subject options.

Introductory Academic, Study Skills and IT

  • IT for Academic Study
  • Research and Referencing
  • Producing a Written Report
  • Progression Skills
  • Mathematics in a Health and Care context

Human Biology

  • Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Body systems: Cardiac and Respiratory
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Homeostasis and Endocrine System
  • Genetics

Health Studies

  • Health Promotion


  • Behaviourism
  • Carrying Out Research in Psychology
  • Conformity and Obedience
  • Understanding Stress
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Treatments and Therapies

Please note these are all subject to change.

All Access students will also be enrolled on a supplementary IT course, at no extra cost. The ITQ qualification has been designed to enhance and polish IT skills for use in the real world and is vital for university and future careers.


If you are hoping to start your Access to Healthcare course in September 2022 with a view to progress on to nursing, the government is offering a non-repayable bursary of between £5,000 to £8,000, whilst you are studying a degree in nursing. Please read more about the nursing bursary here:

For the full credit breakdown for this course please click here.

Entry Requirements
  • GCSE Maths Grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE in any Science Grade 4/C or above

Level 2 equivalencies can be accepted in certain circumstances, please contact Adult Advice team on 01392 400170 to discuss further.

We also offer a ‘Preparation for Access to Higher Education- Science’ course – click here for further details.


You will have access to a Learning Resource Centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building and in Victoria House. There are Learning Lounges specifically for Access to HE and HE students.

Additional Costs

As well as the course fees, applicants need to factor in food, travel, books, stationery and printing costs. Applications for our college Learner Support Fund or the Bursary Fund are advisable for applicants who know that they may struggle financially. There will also be UCAS fees and a college materials fee of £30.

Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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