Access to Higher Education Health Professions

Location:  Bridgend Campus

Length of Course: 2 years, 36 weeks per year

Days & Times:  

  • Part-time day: Mon & Fri, 8 hours per week.  Times to be confirmed
  • Part-time evening: Tues & Wed, 8 hours per week.  Times to be confirmed

Fees for part-time study:  Year 1:  £550

Note, Year 2 fees for the following academic year (2014 / 15) are to be confirmed

Course Description: Access courses are designed to encourage adults to return to education.  As well as learning about all aspects of health, you will develop the skills needed to progress to university to commence a degree in a health related field such as Nursing or another allied health profession.

The graded course is equivalent to three A Levels, which means that you are eligible to apply for university; obviously health related courses especially midwifery are highly competitive and you will need to achieve the required grades to be eligible to study at university.  This is a challenging course that is studied over two days a week for two years.  The course will be four hours a day between school times.  Assignments and assessments are continuous and much study time is needed.

Each unit is assessed through assignments or projects including formal presentations.  There are no formal examinations; however there is time constrained tests and class based assessed activities. 


  • Health Studies
  • Human Anatomy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Communication/Study Skills
  • Numeracy for Health Professions
  • IT      

Entry requirements:      

  • There are no formal entry requirements however this is a graded course and good written and study skills are essential.
  • Previous study is encouraged, e.g. BTEC First Diploma etc
  • Applicants of under 19 are considered if they have studied ‘traditional’ courses and also have appropriate life experiences, however universities prefer younger applicants to apply after studying traditional BTEC or A level courses

Progression/Career Opportunities: Higher Education, for example a Degree in Nursing, Midwifery, Podiatry. Foundation/Degree in Health & Social Care; Occupational Therapy Speech and Language Therapy and other health related professional training.

The programme aims to:

  1. Provide a qualification which may enable students to progress to Higher Education
  2. Facilitate widening participation in Bridgend
  3. Enable groups currently under-represented in Higher Education to progress to Higher Education
  4. Develop independent learning and study skills appropriate for progression to higher education
  5. Enable adults to change careers
  6. Give experience in a range of assessments of the types to be found in HE
  7. Provide the student with the experience of further study on which he/she will be able to make an informed decision with regard to progression opportunities
  8. Enable the student to grow personally and develop through participation in a variety of learning activities
  9. Enable the student to develop competence and confidence through the acquisition of knowledge and skills gained from the exploration of a range of subjects within the pathways.