Access to Higher Education (HE)

Information for learners

What is a distance learning, Access to Higher Education (HE) qualification?

Access to HE qualifications are for individuals aged 19+ who do not have the qualifications required to enter HE, but who wish to gain a nationally recognised qualification. They are specifically designed to help learners progress on to higher education upon successful completion of the qualification.

Distance learning means that your course, including your exams, will be completed at home with no requirement to attend a college or night class to complete your course. You will be provided with a dedicated tutor who will support you through your qualification from start to finish.

Qualifications are funded commercially, normally via a Advanced Learner Loan. You can find out more about how they work here.

Key features

  • Online delivery, meaning you can study at a time to suit you
  • Flexible approach to learning
  • Funded via an Access to HE loan – if you opt to pay for it via a Advanced Learner Loan, the costs will be wiped if you progress on to university
  • Sector specific, meaning you’ll gain vital knowledge and skills specifically related to your job role and career

Access to HE - Health and Social Care

Duration: 12-18 months
Awarding body: Ascentis

Who is this course for? The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is equivalent to A Level, and allows people to go on and study at University to study a health related degree course. This course is ideal if you are already working, or looking to enter the health and social care sector. Upon completion of this course, you’ll gain a Access to HE in health and social care qualification which will allow you to progress on to University to study further.

The entry requirements to study on the health and social care pathway are a GCSE 4/D or above in English and maths.

There are a wide range of job opportunities for you after studying this qualification including;
• Community Worker
• Further Education Teacher
• Health Promotion Specialist
• Health Service Manager
• Medical Sales
• Adult Nurse

The tuition fee for this course is up to £3,384.00. If you’re aged 19+ you can opt to fund this course through an Access to HE loan.
Affordable repayments won’t start until you’re earning over £21,000 per year, and if you progress on to University and gain your qualification, the loan for this course is wiped off in full.