Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Access to Nursing & Health Professions Evening

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:PL9AC1NHP
Start Date:27/08/2019
End Date:16/06/2020
Start Time:18:00
End Time:21:00


Course Overview

Access to HE 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 2018 and June 2019. This is because interviews start in February 2019 and the course is usually very popular.

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 and the programme offers them 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 related programmes such as Midwifery, Paramedic training and Operating Department Practice (ODP). However, the programme will also allow you to apply for degrees such as Psychology, Sociology (and other Social Sciences courses) and some physiotherapy programmes.

These degree courses often require students to have GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or above (some will accept alternative Level 2 qualifications). Some midwifery courses now require Grade 4 (or higher) at Science GCSE as well.

Students are strongly recommended to research these entry requirements prior to applying for the Access programme.

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 and English at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C), or Level 2 Maths and English equivalent as a minimum before applying for this course.

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

Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on you (SWOP order around)
*  A satisfactory reference
*  Attending taster days: Monday 1st July - Tuesday 2nd July 2019
*  Completing a research task following the tasters over the summer, including a draft personal statement to be handed in at Induction in August 2019

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 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 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.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.