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York College

Access courses are now closed for 2018 entry. Applications for 2019 will open on 1st December 2018. Look out for information about our new Access courses for 2019.

The course aims to prepare you for entry into higher education and to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress to a degree or diploma course at a university or college.

We urge prospective students to check the admissions criteria and entry requirements of the undergraduate degree programme you wish to progress to after this course and ensure that this is the right programme for your academic needs.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science.

What You'll Need

Please refer to the Access page for entry requirements.

In addition, you must show the motivation, commitment and life skills to cope with the requirements of the course and higher education. Whilst there is no upper age limit on the programme there may be external factors from the awarding institution which need to be taken into account before progressing onto higher education.

At the interview stage you will be required to demonstrate a strong interest in, and vocation for, nursing and midwifery. You must also show the ability to work towards entry to Higher Education courses.

Any student under the age of 19 must contact Student Services to discuss alternative options available at York College.

Duration and Attendance

17th September 2018 - 14th June 2019

Tuesday - Thursday

Attendance in College is for three days per week plus an additional 10 to 15 hours’ personal self-guided study.

What You'll Do

The course is divided into units of assessment. Each unit is broken down into learning hours and most of the units are worth three to six credits (one credit equals 10 learning hours).

To achieve the Diploma, you must achieve 60 credits, all credits are at Level 3 (equivalent to A Level standard).

The Diploma is taught as part of a combined course with other Health and Social Care Diplomas. This course is in three parts and you will:

  • Have tutorials, seminars and academic skills sessions and complete Academic Writing, Study Skills and Further Study Skills units.
  • Study 27 credits of Human Physiology.
  • Study 18 credits of Professional Healthcare Practice.

Please note that individual modules are subject to change.

The programme delivery method includes practical work, seminars, lectures and workshops.

Exams and Assessments

Assessment may take the form of reports, assignments, controlled tests, logbooks and presentations. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of each unit as appropriate. Units will be graded at distinction, merit or pass.

At the end of the course you will be given a transcript listing all of the units and grades awarded: there is no overall grade.

Universities will specify the grades they expect you to achieve in various units as part of any offer they may make.


An Access to Higher Education Diploma is validated and accredited through Ascentis, which is an Access validating agency, licensed and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Details of the units to be studied can be found on their website at

How You Can Progress

Students can progress onto a Higher Education degree in Nursing Studies (Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Child Nursing and midwifery). In the past students have progressed onto Higher Education at the University of York, Kings College London, Queens College Belfast, Sheffield University and Hull University.

How To Apply

You must apply online or complete a full-time application form available from the Infozone (01904 770400) or from the website and attend an interview. 

Course Fees

£3384 for 2018/19. Course fees vary each year. Prospective students are advised to contact us for the latest fees.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are offered a place on this course, you will be able to apply for the new Advanced Learner Loan. The loan means that you will not have to pay any tuition fees up front and will only pay back the loan when your salary rises above £21,000. Repayments are made automatically if you are employed and are part of your tax return if you are self-employed.

If you are taking out an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access to HE Diploma your Loan will be written off on successful completion of your higher education programme - so in effect your Access to HE Diploma programme could be free.

For more information follow this link.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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