Access to Higher Education

Access to HE Diploma: Health Science Professions Level 3

About This Course

This course is designed specifically to maximise a student’s chance of attaining a place in Higher Education within the health, science and social care sectors. It will enable you to develop your personal and academic skills required to study in Higher Education, facilitated by lectures, seminars and group-based learning.

Course Summary

The course is broken down into the following overarching subjects:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Social policy
  • Health and study skills

They are taught by subject specialists with qualifications ranging from Level 6 to Level 8. Although work experience is not a compulsory part of this course, it is an essential component needed in your application to Higher Education. Having experience in the health, science and social care sector upon application would be desirable. However, Dearne Valley College has extensive links with employers which may enable you to gain experience and a further insight into the range of professions available.

Why Study WIth Us?

Our experienced staff and supportive environment will enable you to achieve your full potential. Dearne Valley College has an excellent track record of students progressing into higher education and into employment in their respective professions.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics or attained Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy during Initial Assessments which are undertaken during the application stage
  • Successful interview with the course tutor, supported with a recent academic or employer-based reference

How To Apply

For further information click here, call 01709 513355 or email

What You Can Progress To

Previous students have progressed to study courses such as adult, paediatric and mental health nursing, midwifery, paramedic practice, operating department practice, social work and more, within a higher education setting, leading to employment as an accredited practitioner.

For Access to Higher Education courses in other subjects, please visit our sister colleges’ websites below

Rotherham College, can offer you Access to Higher Education courses base in the Rotherham and Dinnington area. 


North Notts College, can offer you Access to Higher Education courses base in the Worksop area. 

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