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Access to Higher Education: Health and Social Care - Full-time

Access Nursing

Course outline

If you are interested in a career working with families, children and young people, the elderly or vulnerable people, this course could be the one for you.

The course is made up of various modules designed to prepare you for the demands of higher level study.

Subjects covered will include, for example:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Inequalities in health and social care
  • Early social development
  • Changing nature of health and social care
  • Mental health and well being

You can expect support from a personal tutor, and to undertake a unit of Study Skills to further support you with your academic skills development.

Depending on demand, we may offer an extra course at the Adams Building in September 2020.

How to apply for this course

Apply online now for 2021/22.

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Location Date
664 Nuthall Road

Start: 20th September 2021

Course code: C028556 / Q028557


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.

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grades 9–4 (A*–C), or a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and Maths GCSE grades 9–4 (A*–C). 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.


A range of internal assessment methods are used including written assignments, presentations, exams and reports.


You could progress to employment or higher education, with a view to a career in health promotion, youth work, housing or the probation service.

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