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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Social Care Professions

This course is for individuals who would like to apply to University to study to become a health and social care professional.
1 year
Lee House, Manchester City Centre

Our Access to HE courses in a range of subjects offer flexible learning opportunities for adults who are wishing to return to education, looking for a career change or don’t have the required qualifications to be accepted on to a university course. These nationally recognised Level 3 qualifications will also prepare you for higher-level study.

When does the course start?

Course inductions are week commencing 20 September and 27 September and then the course will start week commencing 4 October 2021.

Don't worry if you are unable to start in September, we have another course starting January 2022 and you can apply now!

What does the course cover?
  • Psychology
  • Social issues in healthcare
  • Higher education study skills
  • Optional specialist units 
When will I attend?

Attendance is required on the following days:

  • Monday 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am - 2:30pm 
What will I achieve?

On successful completion you will achieve a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Social Care Professions.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course but you must have a genuine interest in health and social care. 

The course will improve your academic, vocational and personal skills; it will also improve your CV and boost your confidence. Successful candidates will be awarded a nationally recognised Access to HE Diploma awarded by Ascentis. The diploma is approved by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and is accepted for entry to a wide range of universities and higher education institutions.


What does the course cost?

If you are aged 19 – 23 without a full level 3 qualification you will be eligible for full funding through the Skills Funding Agency.

If you are aged 19-23 and already have A Levels, or other Level 3 qualifications, or if you are 24 or over, you can apply for course fees to be paid through Student Finance
England (SFE). SFE will write off the outstanding balance for your Access to HE Diploma loan once you complete your degree.


Lee House,
90 Great Bridgewater Street,
M1 5JW