Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions)
You can apply to universities for a Nursing, Midwifery or other Health Profession related degree course. This leads to careers in the statutory, private or voluntary Allied Health Professionals sector, for example:
- Arts therapies
- Chiropody or Podiatry
- Operating department practice
- Occupational therapy
- Physiotherapy (see Access to Physiotherapy)
- Prosthetics and orthotics
- Psychology (see Access to Psychology)
- Psychotherapy (see Access to Psychology)
- Speech and language therapy
Acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional involves training and study at degree level but there is a range of vital support roles that require no set academic qualifications for which an Access Diploma is an ideal way to maximise your job prospects.
Visit the NHS Careers website Allied Health Professionals page to find out more.
Who are Access Courses for?
Access Courses are designed for people who would like to study at university but who left school without the usual qualifications, such as 'A' levels or GCSEs. They are also useful for changing career, entering employment supporting professionals and accessing work-based training.
Entry requirements - there are no specific entry requirements. We recommend you contact your preferred university to ask about their particular entry requirements before you start, so we can advise on the best pathway for you. We also provide Progression Awards to add to your Access Diploma.
What do you study?
All Health pathways lead to the same qualification. The Health Professions specialisms arise from the choice of Modules you study.
Specialist subject areas include: Research Methods, Human Biological Science, Child Development & Welfare, Adolescence, Adulthood & Old Age, Social Conflict, Social Interaction, Musculoskeletal Systems and Physiology of Exercise, Biological Health & Disease & Psychopathology.
See full details >>> of the Course Modules and combination options.