Access to Nursing & Health Professions Evening

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:PL9AC1NHP
Start Date:29/08/2017
End Date:20/06/2018
Start Time:18:00
End Time:21:00


Course Overview

Access to HE is a qualification that enables adults without qualifications such as A levels to progress on to Higher Education. The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK Universities and Colleges. In this pathway, you will study Human Biology, Psychology and Sociology. The lessons are taught every Tuesday evening (18.00-21.00) with one Saturday class a month (09.00-15.00). In addition to this, you are required to attend six additional Thursday evenings (18.00-20.00) between Sept-Jan. This will enable you to complete your Study Skills component, which is an essential part of your Diploma. As the course progresses, additional classes in your subjects are put on to cover the course content.  

In addition to the compulsory Access subjects, you can attend Tutorial on a Tuesday evening at 17.00 and have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor on a one-to-one basis to assist with HE applications.  

It is advised that you apply for the course between November 2017 and June 2018. Interviews start in February for this very popular course.

There are fees for this part time programme. Currently these are as above. Please note fees may increase in subsequent years.

Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for financial support towards such costs as travel, equipment, books and childcare. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your Access course tuition fees (see This loan may be written off, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education qualification. Please contact our Learner Futures Centre on 01223 226315 or email

If you are applying as an International Student, please contact our International Centre via email or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317.

Progression & Career Opportunities

Many Access students feel they have not yet fully developed their potential. This programme on intensive study offers you the chance to get to grips with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to succeed in Higher Education.

Access to Nursing will allow progression onto a variety of degree courses including Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic training and Operating Department Practice (ODP). These degree courses often require students to have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above (some will accept alternative Level 2 qualifications). Some midwifery courses now require Grade C at Science GCSE as well.  Therefore you are strongly advised to contact the universities of interest and check their GCSE entry requirements.  It is also recommended that you have experience of care work either voluntary or paid to strengthen your application to HE as some courses are quite competitive.

Entry Requirements

The Access programme is designed for students who wish to return to study with a view to going on to Higher Education.  Most degree courses now require at least Level 2 Maths and English.  Therefore you will need GCSE Maths grade C and GCSE English at C (or Level 2 Maths and English equivalent) as a minimum before applying for this course.  

Please research HE requirements very carefully.  A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THE COURSE IS VERY INTENSIVE.

Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on you

•   A satisfactory reference
•   Attending taster days (2 days): Monday 25th - Tuesday 26th June 2018
•   Completing a research task over the summer, including a draft personal statement.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learnng and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Assessment is by coursework and examinations. There will be at least one assignment for each unit (four units per subject). These written assignments may include essays / research projects or practical reports.

The programme takes 36 weeks, starting at the beginning of September and finishing in late June the following year. In addition to timetabled classes, it is expected that students will complete at least 15 hours of further independent study per week.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete a CRC Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website Download here or contact us via email If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448. Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend an interview/Welcome Event, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your choice of pathway and your future career plans with the Access team. You will also have a chance to look around the College and ask any questions you may have.

Passport to Success

We will help you to develop a range of wider skills including English & Maths that will make you into a well-rounded professional who will be highly valued by employers and universities.

Cambridge Campus Status

Cambridge Campus open and running as normal.
Updated: 10/12/17

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Huntingdon Campus open and running as normal.
Updated: 10/12/17