Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Access to Healthcare

Huntingdon Campus

Course Code:MGVCA1
Start Date:03/09/2020
End Date:31/07/2021
Start Time:09:30
End Time:15:00

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Course Overview

Access to HE courses enable 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. Our Access courses will teach you how to approach study and the different learning techniques that you will need during your time at university.

In this pathway at our Huntingdon Campus, you will study five main subject areas: Human biology, Principles of Nursing, Psychology, Biochemistry and Sociology as well as a compulsory Study Skills course. You will also be assigned a tutor at the start of the course. The tutor will closely monitor and track your progress and be able to help you reach your potential.

You are advised to apply for this course between November 2019 to June 2020. Interviews start in February for this very popular course.

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 offers the chance to get to grips with the skills, knowledge and understanding to succeed in Higher Education.

Students who have completed the course have been hugely successful in gaining places on highly competitive programmes such as Midwifery, Mental Health / Adult / Paediatric Nursing, Paramedic Training and Operating Department Practice (ODP).

Entry Requirements

Degree courses often require students to have a particular number of credits in the science subjects so careful research is essential. In addition to the Access Diploma, GCSE Maths and English at grade C (some will accept alternative level 2 qualifications) are also a requirement. Some midwifery courses now require GCSE grade C (or new grading 9-4 for GCSE) in a Science subject as well. Therefore you are strongly advised to contact the universities you are interested in to check GCSE entry requirements prior to applying for Access. In addition we recommend that you gain care work experience either paid or voluntary to support your application to HE as some courses are competitive.

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:

• A satisfactory reference
• Attending taster days: Monday 29th June 2020 - Wednesday 1st July 2020 (3 days)
• Completing a research task over the summer
• A draft of your 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 learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Assessment is by coursework and examination. The Access diploma consists of 60 credits, 45 of which are graded. Credits are awarded through assessment at the end of or during each module. These assessments may be written such as essays / research projects; oral e.g. presentations and there may also be examinations.

The Access 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.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.