Obtain your higher education entry criteria for university, whilst developing your academic skills.


  • Description

    The course runs one day a week, is modular and delivered through a combination of taught sessions, lectures, research and independent study. You will study 15 units delivered under three core subject areas:

    • Psychology
    • Professional Healthcare Practice
    • Social Issues in Healthcare

    The aim of this course is not just to instil understanding of the sector but also to introduce students to the world of academia in preparation for further higher education study. Emphasis is placed on reading, researching, note taking, and writing for academia, particularly using appropriate resources and referencing using the Harvard referencing system. Two of your units will include:

    • Academic Writing Skills
    • Critical Thinking

    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this course operates using a blended learning approach, where part, or all of some units may be delivered online, via Microsoft Teams. To participate in this programme you will need a suitable computer and/or device with sufficient internet access. Specific requirements and information on the support available to borrow or purchase equipment can be discussed at interview.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be 19+ and preferably have work experience in the health/social care sector. Students must preferably have GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C and above.

    Previous experience and skills in the Health Care sector is desirable.You should be familiar with basic computer functions and applications including Microsoft Windows and Office. Parts of your programme will be delivered using Microsoft Teams. Training for this application will be provided.

  • Qualification

    Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care)

  • Progression

    You may progress onto a degree course in social work, health and social care, youth offending, psychology and counselling The course will also support overall employability skills.

  • Assessment

    You will be assessed through a combination of assignments and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. All units are marked against the assessment criteria for the units and then awarded a pass, merit or distinction against QAA grading outcomes. Assignments are set on Moodle, Newbury College's online learning environment and will have an agreed submission date.

  • Home Study

    You will be expected to complete a minimum of seven hours per week self study and additional reading/assignment work.

  • Work Placement

    Preferably you will be employed in the health care sector, although this is not a prerequisite in itself.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The tuition fee for this programme is £ 3,345.00. Please enquire now and we will contact you as soon as the fees are published. A payment of £15.00 is required for the Student Association

Code Start Fees*
ACCESSL3HC 212201 September 2021 Fee Information

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Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available

* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.