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Nursing Access to HE
Study Mode
Full Time 
Health & Social Care 
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Entry Requirements
  • Preferably grade C or above in GCSE English & Maths
  • If you have not already obtained these grades there will be an opportunity to work towards these qualifications alongside this course

Nursing Access to HE

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.

About the Course

This course is for you if you are an adult student and are looking to gain the qualifications to attend university to study nursing or related health professions, at a higher level.

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university.

Our Access to Nursing course runs over one year and is ideal for students wishing to progress to university, to study on degree courses in nursing and other related health professions. The Diploma may also be a beneficial qualification for students looking to go directly into employment (perhaps also in the healthcare sector), where Level 3 qualifications are required.

You need to have a genuine desire and aptitude to enter nursing. Universities will expect you to have gained experience working in a healthcare setting and will also require a DBS check. We strongly advise you to have related work experience or employment in place by the time you begin your Access to Nursing course.

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

  • Preferably grade C or above in GCSE English & Maths
  • If you have not already obtained these grades there will be an opportunity to work towards these qualifications alongside this course


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)