Nursing Access to HE

Start Date
Course Course
Health & Social Care
City Campus

About this Course

This course is designed to give those students without the traditional Level 3 qualifications the skills and experience required to study nursing and other healthcare related degrees (such as Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy) at university.

Key Units

Our Access to Nursing (Health Professions) programme is made up of the following areas of study:

  • Academic Writing
  • Research
  • HE Toolkit
  • Health Psychology
  • Stereotyping
  • Carers
  • Mental Health
  • Principles of Care
  • Social Psychology
  • Body Structure Function
  • System Physiology
  • Non Infectious Conditions
  • Sex and Reproduction

Entry Requirements

  • Grade C or above in GCSE English & Maths
For students who do not currently meet the requirements, the college offers a pre-access course which is a one year study programme designed to help students develop their skills and knowledge in preparation for study on an Access to HE Diploma.


Assessment is on-going and developed through a portfolio of course work. A large proportion of your work will be essay or assignment based but you can also expect exams, presentations and project work as well as work based and simulated competency based assessments.

Where does this Lead

The course content will provide you with the skills required to pursue a place at university in related healthcare and Nursing Degrees.
Successful students have gone on to gain places in all branches of nursing, related health professions and social work. Examples of training opportunities are: nursing, children’s healthcare, adult healthcare, mental health, special needs, midwifery, operating department practitioner (ODP), physiotherapy, social work.

The Sheffield College also offers a qualification in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. This is the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care (with Higher Apprenticeship in Health – Assistant Practitioner). Learners can progress onto this course, directly after completing the Access to Nursing qualification.

The FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social, is a two year course, which can lead on to the second year of the following Degree courses at Sheffield Hallam University:

  • BSc (Honours) Nursing [Adult]
  • BSc (Honours) Nursing [Child]
  • BSc (Honours) Nursing [Mental Health]
  • BA (Honours) Social Work
  • BA (Honours) Youth and Community Work
  • BSc (Honours) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Honours) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Honours) Occupational Therapy

Tell Me More

Staff and Facilities
At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and health and social care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local health and social care employers.
Our Sheffield City Campus excellent facilities for our health and social care students, which include well equipped learning areas, including our medical practice and health care simulation training suite.

The access to Nursing programme was designed in collaboration with the NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to meet the workforce requirements of staff employed within these career areas. The course is delivered by both current and former NHS professionals and this ensures that learners completing this qualification receive an excellent amount of expertise and knowledge, whilst also ensuring that all learning is current and cutting edge.

Will the course suit me?
You need to carefully consider your long-term career goals and consider what skills you have gained outside of education.

Many universities will be asking you for high grades in your work and you need to be sure these are achievable. You should research university courses very carefully to make sure you have what they are looking for as you will be applying for a university place within a few weeks of starting the Access course. It is recommended that you research all nursing specialisms and a good starting place for this would be the NHS Careers Advice website

Qualification Title
Access to Nursing (Health Professions)

Extra Costs

Please note that applications for funding through the Advanced Learner Loan will be open from Monday 8th July 2019.

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