CERTA Level 3 Access to HE Diploma: Health Science Professions

This course is designed specifically to enable students to study science and health related subjects at degree level. It is divided into units grouped into subject areas for each of which you can gain credits.
  • Overview

    You must be aged 19 years or over by 31st August in the year the course starts.

    The Diploma is a one year full time programme which is recognised by universities as an alternative to A Levels for entry to many degree courses.

    The course involves 2 full days in college, and 1 day of blended learning at home every week.

  • Entry Requirements

    You must be 19 years of age by 31 August in the year the course starts.

    It is essential that you will have attained GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science (if specifically required for your choice) prior to entry on the Access Diploma as these subjects are often required for degree level courses. If necessary, you may be able to study one GCSE or a Level 2 qualification alongside your Diploma.

    Some universities will accept an alternative to GCSE (you must check this with your choices). Professional qualifications will also be considered. Those who do not have Level 2 qualifications will be directed to Level 2 Access Foundation or suitable alternatives as preparation for progression to Access Level 3 or other Level 3 courses.

  • Assessment Types

    Assessment includes coursework and exams in two semesters over the year. Some units may include presentations. All work is internally moderated and externally moderated by assessors from the awarding body CERTA.
  • Benefits/Skills

    You will develop the academic skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to progress to university and pursue a professional career of your choice.
  • Careers/Progression

    The Diploma is designed to give successful students an alternative entry qualification and route to many Higher Education courses both locally and nationally including nursing, paediatric nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, radiography, mental health and other health based subjects.
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