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Access to Higher Education: Nursing and Midwifery - Full-time

Access Nursing

Course outline

Nursing and midwifery are incredibly rewarding careers which are perfect if you have a caring nature and ou are committed to supporting people through some of the most difficult and/or joyful times of their lives.

This course will prepare you for a degree in either subject area, equipping you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to progress onto this level of study.

You’ll learn a combination of human biology, sociology, and specific career-related skills and knowledge.

Over the year more than 50% of the course will focus on human biology, including units covering:

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

The remainder of the units focus on sociology and inequalities of health, psychopathology and treatment and therapies.

You will also 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. You’ll have support from a personal tutor who will guide you through your studies and support you in your university application.

How to apply for this course

Choose one of the options from the table below and hit "Apply". You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

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Location Date


The Lace Market


Start: 16th September 2019

Course code: C000500 / Q002759


664 Nuthall Road


Start: 16th September 2019

Course code: C027209 / Q027210


CAVA Access to HE Diploma


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

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.

The standard entry requirements for a level 3 programme at the College is:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C/9 to 4, including English Language and maths; or
  • A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and maths at GCSE Grade A* to C/9 to 4 however relevant work experience will be considered as a substitute for a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification

Level 2 Functional Skills Maths may be used as an equivalent for GCSE Maths. If you have GCSE Maths and Functional Skills Level 2 in English you may undertake an initial assessment to determine your level of English.

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.

Additional information

Check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding for students aged 19 and over!

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