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Online - Access to HE Diploma (Nursing) - Level 3

Online - Access to HE Diploma (Nursing) - Level 3


Whether it’s your dream job, or a desire to change career, choosing to be a nurse is one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make. There’s no better time to become a nurse as they are in high demand with the NHS Long-term Workplace Plan projecting the need for at least 197,000 nurses by 2036/37.

Nursing is a diverse role with different specialisms such as Adult Nursing, Children and Young People’s Nursing and Mental Health Nursing. This course is designed to help you gain an understanding of nursing through a range of topics including health and wellbeing, the roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse, psychology and more.

The Access to HE Diploma (Nursing) course is intended for adults (aged 19+) who have been out of education for some time and want to get the skills and qualifications to progress onto Higher Education.

This full Level 3 nationally recognised qualification prepares you without the need for traditional qualifications and provides you with the opportunity to gain and enhance vital industry knowledge and skills. You will also develop the communication skills and confidence necessary for success in university-level study.

You could complete this course within one year if you are able to dedicate 15 hours per week. However, this is flexible depending on what hours you can commit. Most students complete this course within 12-18 months.

The awarding body for this course is AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group.

Our online Access courses give you the flexibility to manage your life and studies

  • 24 hour access to your online course
  • Maintain earning power while you learn
  • Study around work or family commitments
  • Study in the comfort of your own home.

Don't let paying for this course hold you back from achieving your goals. There are different funding routes available for adult learners. Dependent on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible to:

Did you know? If you successfully go on to complete a Higher Education qualification following an Access to HE diploma course, you won’t have to pay your Advanced Learner Loan back at all.

Get in touch to find out more.

Start dates and fees

Start DatePart/Full-timeCodeFeeActions
VariousPT2956A101FREE* to £3384.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules including:

  • Study skills
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Cell Biology
  • Human Nutrition & The Digestive System
  • The Roles & Responsibilities of the Registered Nurse
  • The Human Endocrine & Nervous System
  • Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines
  • Sociology
  • Psychology.

Entry requirements

  • *A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 in English and maths.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to complete a work placement or volunteer in health care before joining the course.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE Diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to University course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

Most students completing between 6 -18 months but this is dependent on the amount of time dedicated to studying each week, which is determined by the learner.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the assignments which are set regularly throughout the course. - completed in your own time.

To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits in total. The credits are split into the following two categories:

  • Graded – 45 credits come from graded units, which focus on the academic subject
  • Ungraded – 15 credits come from ungraded units, such as writing and study skills

What does the course lead to?

There are a range of healthcare related courses available to progress onto including:

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (choice of adult, child or mental health specialisms)
  • Midwifery

Career opportunities

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