Access to Higher Education

Health Professions


This Diploma focusses on the skills required for modern healthcare workers. You will develop a good understanding of care principles, reflective practice and an introduction to how the healthcare system works.

You will study for eight months and you will complete 60 credits within 17 units at Level 3.  This course carries UCAS Tariff points.

It is designed for adults who have been out of education for some time and do not have the required level of qualification for university. The course provides entry to relevant degree courses and a programme of study which is equivalent to three A Levels.

What learners do next: BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental health, Children’s & Adults), BSc Midwifery, Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science, BSc Health Studies, Degree Apprenticeship Nursing and ODP (Operational Department Practitioner).

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Delivered online

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What to expect from Skills Training UK

Energising and well-structured lessons, in small groups.

Individual support and mentoring to help you achieve your goals.

Access to our virtual learning environment for on-demand videos and materials to reinforce learning.

Extra support with English and Maths if you need it.

What does a learner need to do?

Attend regular classes either in-person or online.

Allow time for project work and study each week.

Talk to your trainer for support and guidance if you need more support.

Bring a positive attitude to class and any work experience to make sure you get the most from the opportunity.

Course content

60 Credits will be gained through the following units:

Mandatory ungraded units-

  • QU025276 – Academic Writing Skills (3 credits)
  • QU025837 – Drug Calculations and Health Related Charts (3 credits)
  • QU025532 – Preparation for Higher Education (3 credits)

Mandatory graded units-

  • QU025398 – Care Principles (6 credits)
  • QU006413 – Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)
  • QU025572 – Introduction to Healthcare (3 credits)
  • QU025402 – Professional Interpersonal Skills (3 credits)
  • QU025409 – Safeguarding Children, Young People and/or Vulnerable Adults (3 credits)

Graded research unit-

  • QU026035 – Research Skills for Health and Care (6 credit)

Optional graded units-

  • QU018205 – Introduction to Health and Disease (3 credits)
  • QU025436 – Equality and Diversity within care services (3 credits)
  • QU025411 – Female Genital Mutilation (3 credits)
  • QU025831 – Mental Health and Illness (3 credits)
  • QU025831 – Social Drugs and Medicine (3 credits)
  • QU005980 – Promoting Health (3 credits)

Optional ungraded units-

  • QU007560 – Communication – Speaking and Listening (3 credits)
  • QU028487 – Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience (3 credits)



Applicants must be aged 19-years-old or over at enrolment and will require a minimum of Level 2 Maths and English and either be unemployed or work part time.

Please note: if you wish to take a university degree after this course, you may need GCSE Maths, English or Science at Grade C/4 or above.

Access courses are free to eligible adults depending on location and age.


Assessment is made through completion of assignments, essays, course work, independent study and research, practical work and class-based tests.

45 level 3 credits will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Qualifications and outcomes

Level 3 Diploma.

“What a great course, I’d highly recommend it! It is really flexible and I really enjoy the fact I can complete it all online.”

Michelle Jones, West Midlands, Access to HE Healthcare Professions

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