Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions)

Career opportunities

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You can apply to universities for a Nursing degree course leading to a career as a Nurse in any of the specialist areas:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Paediatric Nursing

The qualification specialises in subjects best suited to Nursing but you should also consider that this Access Diploma covers Midwifery and Health Professions. This means that a far wider range of career opportunities are actually open to you. All the areas below relate to the Access Diploma in Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Allied Health Professions
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedicine
  • Physiotherapy

Acquiring the knowledge and skills to become a professional involves training and study at degree level but there is a range of vital support roles that require no set academic qualifications for which an Access Diploma is an ideal way to maximise your job prospects.

Who are Access Courses for?

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Access Courses are designed for people who would like to study at university but who left school without the usual qualifications, such as 'A' levels or GCSEs. They are also useful for changing career, entering employment supporting professionals and accessing work-based training.

Entry requirements - there are no specific entry requirements. We recommend you contact your preferred university to ask about their particular entry requirements before you start, so we can advise on the best pathway for you. We also provide Progression Awards to add to your Access Diploma.

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What do you study?


All Health pathways lead to the same qualification. It is the choice of Modules which results in your specialism.

Specialist subject areas include: Research Methods, Human Biological Science, Child Development & Welfare, Adolescence, Adulthood & Old Age, Social Conflict, Social Interaction, Biological Health & Disease, Psychopathology.

See full details >>> of the Course Modules and combination options.