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The course aims to prepare you for entry into higher education and to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress on 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.

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 of 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.

The current agency guidance states; ‘Access to HE programmes are designed to support adults seeking entry to HE and the EFA funds any young people on these programmes by exception.’

At the interview stage you will be required to demonstrate a strong interest in; and vocation for, a relevant health and social care profession. 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, and whether or not you have a case which may make you an exception. 

Duration and Attendance

This course is due to commence in September 2017.
Applications will open on 1st December – please register interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Timetables and hours of study will be discussed at the interview. Attendance in College is for three days per week plus an additional 10 to 15 hours' personal self guided study.

A minimum attendance of 85 per cent is required throughout the course to successfully progress and achieve.

What You'll Do

There are 4 pathways to choose from for an Allied Healthcare Professions Diploma.

Allied Health Professions – Healthcare

The Allied Health Professions: Healthcare pathway is divided into units of assessment. Units cover a range of topics including Academic Skills Development, Human Physiology and Professional Healthcare Practice.

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

Please note that individual modules are subject to change.

How you can progress

Students will be eligible to apply to a range of degree courses including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Science. In addition, this pathway would not preclude applications to Nursing or Midwifery. In the past, students have progressed onto Higher Education to Southampton University (Physiotherapy), Teeside University (Paramedic), Sheffield Hallam University (Paramedic), York St John University (Physiotherapy), York St John University (Occupational Therapy), Bradford University (Physiotherapy), Leeds Metropolitan University (Physiotherapy) and Leeds Metropolitan University (Speech and Language Therapy). Other students from this course have progressed to Biomedical Sciences at York Saint John University, Health and Human Biosciences at Sheffield Hallam University and Health Sciences at Hull University.

Allied Health Profession – Health and Well-being

he Allied Health Professions: Health and Well-being pathway is divided into units of assessment. Units cover a range of topics including Academic Skills Development, Human Physiology and Health and Well-being.

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

Please note that individual modules are subject to change.

How you can progress

This course combines the Human Physiology units with Healthy Lifestyles units. There is a strong focus on the science which underpins human biology and on this course and we would expect students to progress onto Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology and Human Physiology degree courses.

Healthy Lifestyles – Health and Well-being

The Healthy Lifestyles: Health and Well-being pathway is divided into units of assessment. Units cover a range of topics including Academic Skills Development, Human Physiology and Health and Well-being.

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

Please note that individual modules are subject to change.

How you can progress

This course combines the Human Physiology units with Healthy Lifestyles units. There is a strong focus on the science which underpins human biology and on this course and we would expect students to progress onto Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology and Human Physiology degree courses.

Healthy Lifestyles – Health and Well-being

The Healthy Lifestyles: Health and Well-being pathway is divided into units of assessment. Units cover a range of topics including Academic Skills Development, Human Physiology and Health and Well-being.

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

Please note that individual modules are subject to change.

How you can progress

This course is similar to the Allied Health Professions – Health and Well-being but on this pathway there is a focus on Healthy Lifestyles with additional units from Human Physiology. The focus will be on greater application of science to aspects of health. This pathway includes a large unit on Nutrition and we would expect these students to progress to Nutrition degrees, Sport and Exercise Science and Health Science degree courses.

Healthy Lifestyles – Social Care

The Healthy Lifestyles: Social Care pathway is divided into units of assessment. Units cover a range of topics including Academic Skills Development, Professional Healthcare Practice and Health and Well-being.

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

Please note that individual modules are subject to change.

How you can progress

This course combines Professional Healthcare Practice with Healthy Lifestyles units and is aimed at those who want to progress into Social Care careers. Units on Communication, Health Promotion and Human Growth and Development will prepare you for degree level study on a variety of Health and Social Care courses such as Bradford University’s Health, Wellbeing & Social Care degree or York College’s Foundation Degree in Applied Health.

Exams and Assessments

Assessment may take the form of reports, assignments, experiments, logbooks and presentations, as well as two compulsory exams in June. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of each unit as appropriate. Units will be awarded as 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.

Qualifications

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is validated and accredited through the National Awarding Body Ascentis, which is an Access validating agency, licensed and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Details of the units to be studied can be found on their website.

How to Apply

You must apply online or complete a full-time application form, available from the Infozone (call 01904 770400) or on the website, then attend an interview. Applications will continue to be taken until 3 weeks after the course has started.

Course Fees

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.

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 info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770400.

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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