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Access to Higher Education: Nursing and Midwifery (19+) - Full-time

Course outline

If you are aged 19+ and want to pursue a career in adult, child or mental health nursing, midwifery or other health professions, this course will put you on the right track.

You’ll learn a combination of human biology, sociology, and specific career-related skills and knowledge. More than 50% of the course will focus on human biology, including:

  • Biological communication systems
  • Human cardiac and respiratory systems
  • Infectious and inherited diseases
  • Nutrition and digestion
  • Reproduction
  • Skeleton and muscle and cell biology

Other units focus on sociology and inequalities of health, psychopathology and treatment and therapies.

You can expect to complete a unit of study skills designed to support your skills in research techniques, report writing, presentation skills and academic English. This will help you develop the skills needed to approach and complete the range of assessments on the course. A personal tutor will guide you through your studies and support you in your university application.

How to apply for this course

Apply online now to start this course in 2022/23.

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Location Date
664 Nuthall Road

Start: 3rd October 2022

Course code: C027209 / Q027210

111 Canal Street

Start: 3rd October 2022

Course code: C000500 / Q002759


CAVA Access to HE Diploma


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to apply for this course.

As the majority of our Access students are returning to learning as adults, we consider a range of experience when accepting students onto an Access programme. All students will be assessed to see what level they are learning at, particularly the level of English and maths skills, as these will be key to success whilst on a programme at Nottingham College. Your experience and level of study will be assessed at interview and this will determine your offer of a place at College.

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C) including English and Maths (equivalents may be considered for maths). Relevant work experience will be considered as a substitute for a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification, plus GCSE English and Maths.

It is not possible to study both GCSE English and Maths on this course.


You’ll produce a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge and skills as well as completing exams.


Choose to follow with degree-level study and careers in adult, child or mental health nursing, midwifery or other health professions including physiotherapy.

Additional information

You may be eligible for funding for this course. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

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