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Access to HE: Health Care Pathway

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

This course offers progression onto higher education degree level courses and a change to your career and prospects. You could progress to courses in nursing (all branches), midwifery, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedic science and occupational therapy. You need to be at least 19 years of age to study on this course.

A student loan is available for those aged 19 and above to cover the cost of tuition fees. If you subsequently progress on to a degree course and successfully complete it, this loan will be written off.

The OCN London Access to HE Diploma programme is designed for adults who want to progress to higher education, degree level courses. You will attend college for 2 days per week, but should also set aside additional time for private study required for background reading, to complete your work and achieve your goal of progressing to HE. Progression to HE will be dependent on the grades you achieve.

Each Access module contributes credits towards the Diploma. The main subject sets that we offer are ‘Human Biology’ and other health-related Care units including; Nutrition, Biological Chemistry and ‘Anatomy and Physiology’ which have been selected to maximise your chances of progressing onto your desired University course. Within these subjects there may be some choice of study. You will also learn the study skills required for both this course, and your next one.

If you feel that you have studied similar material previously you may claim Accredited Prior Learning (APL) for such study (subject to approval by the awarding body. Our tutors would be happy to advise you about this.

Assessment varies according to each module, but is typically written assignments, controlled assessments and completion of a portfolio. There will be an exam in both of your primary subjects.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

Nursing (all branches), midwifery, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedic science and occupational therapy. This programme can also lead to Social Work degrees. It is important to check with the university of your choice about eligibility for their courses and our experienced tutors will be able to advise you with such questions.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The Access course is designed for adults who want to progress to higher education, degree level courses, but do not have the necessary qualifications. You must be 19+ at the beginning of the course and be able to demonstrate that you are ready for study at this level. You must hold English (GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent). As part of the application process, you will be offered an interview with the course tutor.  Adult returners are particularly welcomed onto this programme.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

Next: Apply

Apply for Access to HE: Health Care Pathway

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