Access to Higher Education – Allied Healthcare Professions

Access to Higher Education – Allied Healthcare Professions
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What is Access to HE?

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification, equivalent to A Level, which allows people to go on and study at University when they previously didn’t have the relevant qualifications needed to do so. Access to HE courses are available in a wide range of different subjects and are widely recognised by UK Universities.

How can I pay?

The tuition fee for this course is £3,384 and if you are 19 or over, you can take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for the fees. You pay nothing upfront and you don’t start repaying the loan until you are earning over £25,000 a year, which will then start low monthly repayments. However, if you progress to University and pass your related course, you can have the course absolutely free with your Advanced Learner Loan being written off. You should apply for your loan after the College has issued you with a Learning & Funding Letter.For further details, please visit

Tutor Support

Your course is fully supported by a dedicated tutor for each subject. This tutor will guide you through the course providing assistance and a tailored course experience for you.

Online Exams

Examinations are included within the course price. These exams are delivered online and can be taken anywhere at a date and time of your choice.


In order to study this Access to HE course, you should ideally have a Level 2 (GCSE Grade A to C) in Maths and English.

If you’re looking to progress to a University to further your studies then alongside an Access to HE qualification, most Universities also require students to have GCSE Maths and English at grade A to C, however you will need to check with your intended University as to their specific requirements.

Career paths

There are a wide range of job opportunities for you if you study the Allied Health Professions Access to HE Diploma:

  • Podiatrist
  • Dietitian
  • Music Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Therapeutic Radiographer
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Support Staff
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Drama therapist
  • Paramedic
  • Prosthetist/Orthotist

Many of these job roles mean you could potentially work for:

  • The NHS;
  • Local Authorities, including education departments and social services;
  • Schools and colleges;
  • Medical charities;
  • Private healthcare organisation

Qualification Structure

The Allied Health Professions course is broken down into the three following subject areas:

  • Biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Social Issues in Healthcare
Biology contains the following modules
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Practical Investigation
  • Planning a Practical Investigation
  • Carrying Out a Practical Investigation
  • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles
  • Aspects of Human Physiology
  • Infectious Disease, Biological and Drug Defences
Professional Healthcare Practice contains the following modules
  • Introduction to Professional Healthcare Service and Practice
  • Research Project
  • Planning a Research Project
  • Social and Community Welfare Provision
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Work
  • Health Promotion
  • Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Midwifery
Social Issues in Healthcare contains the following modules
  • Introduction to Issues in Health and Social Care
  • Planning a Research Project
  • Health and Social Care Provision
  • Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Sociological Issues Impacting on Health Needs
  • Learning Disabilities
Course Code
Online Course with Exam
Course Access
18 Months
Exams Included
Associated Certification
Level 3 Diploma
Tutor Available
Recognised By
1 gigahertz (GHz)
2 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac


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