If you would like to study to become a nurse at university but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE course could be for you. Each year, over 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university; if you go on to complete a relevant degree at university, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off by Student Finance England.
This course will help you get the qualifications you need to study nursing, or a related course, at university. The key areas covered are biology, psychology, health science and sociology.
You will learn study skills such as note-taking, essay writing, reading and research, preparation for exams and oral presentation.
You will be supported throughout the course by a personal tutor who will also give you guidance in applying for Higher Education courses.
Learners who continue onto a higher education degree in nursing or midwifery will have access to an annual grant of between £5,000 to £8,000, to help with living costs whilst studying at University. The grant is not means-tested and will not need to be repaid.
Topics covered can include:
You will need:
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.
This course is assessed through coursework assignments, tests and examinations throughout the course, which are set and marked by your teachers and externally moderated by OCN London.
Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on a number of set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and tests.
If you are aged 19-24 and this is your first Level 3 course, you may be eligible for free tuition.
If you are 24 years or older you will need to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it if you complete your University degree course.
Once you have completed your Access to HE course, you can progress to a Higher Education degree at a university or college.
You should check requirements for specific degree courses - different Higher Education institutions may have different entry requirements for similar courses.