Access to HE (Health & Social Care) - Cambridge Regional College
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Access to HE (Health & Social Care)

Access to HE (Health & Social Care)

Course Information

Cambridge Campus, 20/08/2024, 18:00
Level: 3
Start Date:20/08/2024
End Date:17/06/2025
Location: Cambridge Campus
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 21:00
Type: Part Time
Fees: £ To be confirmed
About the Course

Access to HE enables adults (aged 19+) without qualifications such as A levels to progress on to university or other higher education programmes. The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK Universities and Colleges. For further information on the benefits of studying an Access course and what it can lead to, please visit our Awarding body website at

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).

You are also required to attend additional Sat classes (09.00-15.00) between Sept-Jan. These 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 subjects, you can attend Tutorial on a Tuesday evening at 17.00 and have the opportunity to meet with your lecturers on a one-to-one basis to assist with HE applications or for help with coursework etc. Career advice provided by personal tutors and the College Careers officers focus predominantly on university application, registration with UCAS and completion of the application form, as well as assistance with personal statement writing and advice on a range of higher education courses.

It is advised that you apply for the course between November 2023 and June 2024. This is because interviews start in February 2024 and the course is usually very popular.
Financial Assistance

For most students, the Access to HE Diploma is free (subject to eligibility for funding).  

• If you are aged between 19-23 and do not have a Level 3 qualification already, there will be no tuition costs.  
• If you are aged 19-23 with a full Level 3 qualification or aged 24+, you may still be eligible for a free course through CPCA funding.  If not, you should qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your Access course tuition fees (see  This loan is currently written off if you then go on to complete a Higher Education qualification.  Please contact our Learner Futures Centre on 01223 226315 or email .

You may be also eligible for financial support towards costs such as travel, equipment, books and childcare through the Advanced Learner loan bursary or 19+ bursary
If you are applying as an International Student, please contact our International Centre via email or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317.


You may feel that you have not yet fully achieved your potential in terms of your education.  This programme offers the chance to develop the skills and knowledge to succeed and we have an excellent track record of student progression into university or other higher education courses.
Access to HE (Health & Social Care) will allow progression onto a variety of degree courses including nursing or health related pathways, Psychology, Sociology (and other Social Sciences courses) and Social Work disciplines.

These degree courses often require students to have GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or above (some will accept alternative Level 2 qualifications).

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 to HE programme is conditional on you:

• attending a Welcome event where you will be interviewed by a member of the team
• providing a satisfactory reference
• attending orientation days: Monday 1st -Tuesday 2nd July 2024


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. There will be at least one assignment for each unit. These written assignments will include essays / research projects, examinations and practical reports.

The programme takes one year, starting at the end of August 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

You can apply through our online application form or download a copy from our website The application form can also be found in the back of our full-time prospectus. If you need any help with applying, please contact our Cambridge Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend an Interview or Welcome Event. At the Welcome Event you will meet the tutors and get the chance to learn more about college and your course. You will also have a discussion with one of our tutors who will look to make you a formal offer for September.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct, some details may be subject to change. Cambridge Regional College reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient.

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