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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions)


In the event that you did not pick science-based A-levels, or you’re a-Levels are out of date, you may feel that a profession in medicine or healthcare is not feasible. However, thanks to the Access to HE Diploma (Medicine and Healthcare Professions) this is simply not true anymore.

Regardless of your educational background, this qualification is available to everyone and it is widely accepted by higher education institutions across the UK. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is tailored to learners who have been out of education for some time. To ensure students are ready for any challenges that higher education throws at them the course provides a great balance between skill development and academic study.

Check your new qualification is right for you

We strongly recommend that you contact the university, or teaching institution, you wish to attend and check that the entrance criteria for the degree course you aspire to can be met by this qualification. University admissions policies differ so it’s worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs.

The aim of this course is to provide you with the knowledge that will get you fully prepared when applying to universities as you begin your journey on a medicine or healthcare related degree. Once you graduate you will be able to enter a wide range of careers. These include pharmaceuticals, dentistry, physiotherapy and many more.

Online learning

There's no need to wait until September to enrol on your Access to HE Diploma course. With learndirect you can start studying from the moment you enrol, all year around. One of the key benefits of distance learning is that all modules can be studied from the comfort of your own home, so you don't need to worry about attending classes. You can complete your course in as little as 6 months or stretch it out over a period of 18 months. The choice is yours and we are to help you along the way.

How does the course work?

Once you have enrolled onto your Access to HE Diploma, all of our course materials are available to you online 24/7. You will be able to study when and where you want and fit your studies around your responsibilities and lifestyle. You will also have access to our expert tutors, who you will be able to contact via our virtual learning platform, as well as email and phone.

Online study means a great deal of flexibility, but you will also need the motivation to complete the work. While challenging at first, you will soon find methods and tactics that fit your commitments and learning style. It is important to remember that support is at hand if you need it. You can also communicate with fellow students to ask questions or discuss the course.




Unit 1: Preparing to study


Unit 2: Academic writing skills


Unit 3: Preparing a written assignment  


Unit 4: Cell biology 


Unit 5:  The history of the National Health Service


Unit 6: Human nutrition & the digestive system 


Unit 7:  Social factors in healthcare


Unit 8: Introduction to psychology  


Unit 9: The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals 


Unit 10: The human endocrine & nervous system


Unit 11: Inequalities in health & illness


Unit 12: The human musculo-skeletal system


Unit 13: Approaches to health  


Unit 14: The brain & nervous system  


Unit 15: Human disease & prevention  


Unit 16: Poverty & health


Unit 17: Human immunity


Unit 18: Human reproduction, growth & development


Unit 19: Equality and diversity within healthcare  




For those who choose to start an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is worth noting you will need a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university.

While every care has been taken to ensure our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a wide range of university degrees and be suitable to the UCAS application process, each university has different admission requirements. It is worth checking with the institution of your choice to avoid disappointment. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. Learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect  to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma students fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution.




At end of each unit of this Access to HE Diploma you will have an assignment in the form of an academic report, an essay or presentation. The assignments are necessary to help you gain the credits necessary to complete this qualification, but also to provide you with feedback from your tutor.

In order to successfully complete the Medicine and Healthcare Professions Access to HE Diploma, you will need to achieve a total of 60 credits divided into 45 for graded units of academic content and 15 credits for ungraded units regarding study skills.

The approximate amount of time required to complete this course is 360 hrs.




On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40008836). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands is a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. Open College Network West Midlands also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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