Course Type: Higher Education

Access to HE Diploma (Health)

  • Course Code AAA0715
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time TBC
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

If you dream of working as a health professional but don't have the qualifications you need, then our Access to HE Diploma for Health Professionals could be for you.

Our Access to HE Diplomas provide the ideal way to get on track if you don’t hold the necessary qualifications that you need to get onto a degree course. They will give you the stepping stone to success and support towards a University place.

Our courses provide a QAA verified level 3 qualification, which prepares our students for life on a degree programme. All our courses run at times to fit around family commitments and better still you could be studying for free. We even offer our students free car parking and run a childcare voucher scheme.

Typical undergraduate destinations for our students include Midwifery, Nursing, Food and Nutrition, Operating Department Practice, Public Health, Physiological Sciences, Paramedics, Childcare Occupations, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

 The Diploma consists of level 3 academic subject sets and a study skills unit comprising of:

  • Psychological Aspects of Health and Illness
  • Professional Skills in Health Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Higher Skills in Mathematics – Statistical Analysis of Data, Data Collection,
  • Human Biology, Health
  • Humans Against Disease
  • English Language



This course is not a higher education programme but is designed upon successful completion to enable you to go on to study a higher education course. Before coming to one of our enrolment events you need to know which Access to HE Diploma you need to study to get onto your degree course. By using http://www.ucas.com you can search the subject to find which university offers which degree programme and what the entry requirements for the course are. If you are unable to find the information you need, every higher education institution has admissions staff who will be happy to help you with course information.

Upon applying for the Diploma you will need to have an interview, complete initial assessments for maths, English and comprehension, at one of our enrolment events, before being accepted on the course.  You will be provided with an invite to an interview at one of our open events and be given information on how you can prepare.

Study for free

Get the employment edge without worrying about up front fees. If you’re over 19 years old, you may be eligible to study for free if you don't already hold a Level 3 qualification or you are on eligible benefits. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course fees, if you then go onto complete a higher education degree course, the remaining balance of your loan, including any interest,  will be ‘written off’, which means you won’t have to pay it back

An interview is required.

You must be over 18 years old to attend this course.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Ideally five GCSE grades A * -C(9 - 4) including English and maths and a science subject.An interview will be required.

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

2 GCSEs grade C (4) or above in English and maths.

The cost of this course varies depending on your age and circumstances.

If you are aged 18 this course is free.

If you are aged 19 - 23 and this is your first full level 3 Qualification this course is free.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 years or over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee upfront in full and qualify for a 10 % discount.

For an up to date cost and more finance information please visit an Enrolment Event, call 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

Find out more about Finance & Funding

Find out more about Advanced Learning Loans