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*All Part-Time Course Applications Are Still Open.

We are still recruiting and have places available on full-time courses, but it is now too late to complete an online application. Instead, please attend our advice and guidance sessions at your chosen campus between 22nd August - 20th September, 9am-4pm Monday - Friday

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Online Applications for full-time courses starting September 2020 will be available very soon.

Next Course Starting

Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Filton
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Diploma
Code: 117784
Cost: N/A

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Course Detail

Health and Social Care Pathway (for Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedical Sciences and Social Work)

Full time course


This course is for students aiming for a career in health and social care by giving them a recognised qualification to help them gain entry to university. The course will provide subject knowledge and help to develop confidence and study skills to help them progress towards further career possibilities. The Access to Higher Education Health and Social Care Diploma is especially designed for adults who have had a break from studying and is accepted by universities as an alternative to A-levels. This course offers students the opportunity to study either for a social work pathway or a nursing pathway.

What will I study?

The Access to Health and Social Care course offers you the opportunity to study and gain a critical understanding of a wide range of subjects that are important in a care-based profession. All students study sociology and psychology and, depending on your chosen career path, there are opportunities to specialise in biology or social work skills.

Alongside your main academic subjects, you will receive training in important study skills, such as revision skills, exam techniques, ICT and essay writing.

What do I need to join?

You will need two GCSEs at grade 5 in English and maths, and will need to sit an entrance test. Specialist pathways may require higher grades: these will be discussed as part of your interview for the course.

How long is the course?

1 year full-time (approximately 4 days per week). Classes will be timetabled wherever possible between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm to take into account childcare issues and employment.

How will I learn?

The sessions are varied and include tutored lectures, discussions, independent research and group work. There are a range of assessment methods used throughout the year, such as essays, presentations, reports and tests. Applicants who study biology units (with a view to pursuing a healthcare vocation) will also undertake laboratory practicals as part of their course.

How will I know how I am doing?

Assessment is continuous, and consists of coursework, portfolio building and regular one-to-one time with a personal tutor.

Are there any extra costs?

Alongside the fee for the course, material fees will be required at enrolment. Please note that financial support is available in certain circumstances, so please contact our Learner Services team to see what financial support may be available to you.

What can I do next?

Access courses are designed to enable learners to progress onto the higher education course of their choosing. Students are supported through the UCAS process by their personal tutors and will be given specialist advice and guidance about their future career pathways.

What are my career options?

A range of careers within the Health and Social Care sector.


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Dates & Costs

Health and Social Care Pathway (for Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedical Sciences and Social Work)

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Time(s): 10am-3.30pm
Qualifications: Diploma
Code: 117784
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 and over you can apply for a new Advanced Learning Loan for this course. Read more.

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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Start End Time Campus
01/09/2019 31/07/2020 10am-3.30pm SGS Filton
01/09/2019 31/07/2020 10am-3.30pm SGS Stroud