An Access to Higher Education Diploma will enable you to go to university if you don’t currently have the qualifications you need. They are widely recognised by most universities, including local institutes such as Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Essex and the University of East London.
On this course you will study Human Biology, with Social Science, as well as developing your study skills. You will also undertake a research project on a topic of your choice with the aim of developing your independent learning skills.
- Human Biology units including anatomy and physiology, immunity, health & disease and the role of the health care professional
- Social Science - psychology or sociology to explore psychological or sociological perspectives on development/health/inequality etc.
- Preparation for Higher Education - a range of academic skills and units to prepare you for HE study.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Each unit is assessed differently, including a range of assessment methods such as reports, essays, diagrams, presentations and tests etc.
Why study at USP College?
- Practical experiments as well as theoretical lessons
- Expert subject practitioners who are also expert teachers of adults
- Expert tutors with many years of experience in teaching the subject to Level 3 and beyond and in teaching and supporting adults returning to study
- A friendly, supportive environment where students are challenged and engaged
- Excellent pass rates and progression rates to university
- Centre of good practice for the qualification board in many areas including the progress of students from starting points and for being a ‘keen and dedicated’ team who are ‘fantastic, reflective teachers.’ They always act ‘for the good of the learners,’ who get a ‘fantastic learning experience at USP.’
What could I do next?
You could go on to study a degree in midwifery, nursing or another health-related field, e.g. occupational health, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedic science. You could also go on to study the Health Promotion & Social Care BSc or the Foundation Degree in Early Years at the College.
Former student success
Our students go on to study a variety of health profession courses at a wide range of universities, for example:
- Nursing at the University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University
- Midwifery at Anglia Ruskin University and Middlesex University, London
- Occupational Therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University.
- You must be aged 19 or over at registration
- You must have English Language GCSE grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills English. It is desirable to also have GCSE/L2 Maths but if not, then a commitment to study it alongside Access (on a separate evening) is required as most universities require both English and Maths.
- Unfortunately, if you have neither Maths or English, we are unable to enrol you onto the Access course at this time. However, you could study GCSE English and Maths (potentially for free) at the College first, before going on to the Access course.
- Stationery is a requirement for all aspects of the course
- Additional minor costs for materials for experiments may apply.
* This course can be studied part-time over two years (one day a week) spreading the cost of the course to £1,500 per year. The part-time option can also be funded by the Advanced Learner Loan. This can be discussed at interview.
** The course runs between 9am-4pm with an average of 10 hours weekly teaching time spread over two days. Please note that days and times are dependent on subject choice and may be subject to change.
*** For midwifery a Level 2 Functional Skills is not accepted by universities and you will also need GCSE Science.
† If you are 19-24 and have not completed a Level 3 course already, you may be eligible to study for FREE! Subject to funding, call 01268 882 618 for more information. Alternatively, you could be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund the cost of your course.
Access to HE FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions