Access to Nursing & Health Professions

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:ML1ACNHP
Start Date:03/09/2018
End Date:28/06/2019
Start Time:09:00
End Time:16:00


Course Overview

Access to HE enables adults with 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, as well as a compulsory Study Skills course.  In addition to the compulsory Access subjects you will attend tutorial and have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor on a regular one-to-one basis.

You are advised to apply for this course between November 2017 and June 2018.  Interviews start in February and this is a very popular course.

There are fees for this full time programme.  Currently these are expected to be:
Aged 24+                                                                                                   £3384 total fee
Aged 19 - 23 (if not achieved L2 or L3/other concessionary categories)     £185 total fee
Aged 19 - 23 (if already achieved full L3)                                                  £3384 total fee

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

Study Human Biology, Psychology and Sociology and progress to study a broad variety of degree courses including Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Training and Operating Department Practice (ODP).  

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 or above (some will accept alternative level 2 qualifications) is also a requirement.  Some midwifery courses now require GCSE grade C in Science as well.  Therefore students are strongly recommended to research GCSE entry requirements prior to applying for Access.

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 in addition to an Access diploma.  Therefore, you will need Level 2 Maths and English, e.g. GCSE Maths and English grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) 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 3 taster days: Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th July 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 examination. There will be at least one assignment for each unit (four units per subject). These assignments may be written such as essays / research projects and oral e.g. presentations.

The Access programme takes one year, 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

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.