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Online - Access to University (Nursing) - Level 3

Online - Access to University (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.

Designed to help you make this happen, the Access to University (Nursing) course is designed 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.

As a full Level 3 qualification, it is a nationally recognised qualification that prepares you without traditional qualifications and gives you the opportunity to acquire and develop essential industry knowledge and skills. You will also develop the communication skills and confidence to succeed with university-level study after you complete the course.

Throughout the course, you will study a range of units that will enable you to pursue a variety of nursing roles. 

You could complete this course within one year if you are able to dedicate 10 hours per week. However, this is flexible depending on what hours you can commit. Most students complete between 6 -18 months.

The awarding body for this course is Open College Network West Midland.

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

Start dates and fees

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* 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.

*Don't have the required GCSEs to study the part-time course?

If you don’t have GCSEs at grade 4 in English and/or maths, you will be required to complete a short diagnostic assessment for each GCSE you require.

You will then study the GCSE course(s) alongside your part-time Access to University 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 Higher Education 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


How do I apply?

Further details will be released early 2023.

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