Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Access to Health

Access to Health

The Access to HE Diploma (Health), validated by One Awards, is for people who wish to take health related courses at university but who do not have the required entry qualifications. It has been designed for students who have been away from studying for some time. At the end of the course students may progress to university to study a range of health related degrees or diplomas, such as Nursing, Midwifery or Physiotherapy.


Students on the Access to HE Diploma (Health) at Hartlepool Sixth Form College will study the following units:

  • English Language
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Psychology
  • Mathematics - number
  • Mathematics - Data Handling and Statistics
  • Human Biology: Physiology
  • Human Biology
  • Values and Practice in Care and Development
  • Psychology and Sociology of Health

To be awarded the Access to HE Diploma students must achieve units totalling 60 credits, 45 credits are from graded units at Level 3 and 15 credits are from ungraded units at Level 2 or 3. Graded units are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction. There is no overall grade for the Diploma.

Teaching Methods

There are a variety of teaching methods including individual practical work, small group exercises, on-line research and presentation, whole-class teaching and peer assessment.


You will be assessed in a number of ways, for example, written essays, a piece of research, data response questions, practical work and skills, exams and many other formats. Staff will support and encourage you to develop and practice the skills that will enable you to become an independent learner and prepare you for Higher Education.

The Access to HE Diploma is funded for students aged 19-23 without a current level 3 qualification. Those aged 19 and above can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course fees and, if students successfully complete their HE course, it will be written off.

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