About the course
This course is ideal for those who would like to progress to a Higher Education course in the field of health care. The key modules for this pathway are: Maths, Midwifery/Nursing Studies, Psychology, Health Science and Sociology. You will learn study skills such as note taking, essay writing, reading and research, preparation for exams and oral presentation. You will be supported throughout the course by a personal tutor who will also give you guidance in applying for Higher Education courses
Modes of Attendance:
September to July: 1 year - 15 hours per week
3 days per week (9 - 5):
Group A – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Group B – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
2 days per week (9-7):
Group C – Tuesday and Thursday
24+ Advanced Learning Loans: If you are aged 24 or over, from September student loans are being introduced to support learners aged 24 and over undertaking advanced courses like Access to Higher Education. If you are starting a course this year, you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan which can help you to pay the tuition fees charged by the College. Visit www.westking.ac.uk/24plusloans
or ask for further information.
What are the entry requirements?
This course is suitable for students aged 21 or over. Applicants aged 19 or 20 will also be considered if you have experience outside full-time education, for example through work or travel. Applicants will be assessed through application, interview and tests in English and Maths. Applicants for a degree in Midwifery or Nursing are expected to have significant experience of voluntary or paid work in a health care setting. Applicants for Midwifery will need to achieve a high score in Maths and English.
How will I be assessed?
You will do a variety of coursework assignments, tests and examinations throughout the course, which are set and marked by your teachers and externally moderated by OCN London. Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on a number of set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and tests. Each piece offers 3 credits and for successful completion students must gain 60 credits, at least 45 at level 3.
What could I do next?
Once you have completed your Access to Nursing or Midwifery Diploma, you can progress to a Higher Education Degree at a University or College. This programme prepares students for degree courses in: Nursing; Midwifery; Other health related subjects. Nursing and Midwifery courses require a range of skills, experience and personal qualities in addition to the Access to HE Diploma. Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery degrees normally have to sit tests in English and Maths at the university, as well as attend an interview. You must check requirements for specific degree courses – different Higher Education institutions may have different entry requirements.