Access to Higher Education (Health Science pathway) CERTA Diploma Level 3

This course offers mature students an excellent opportunity to progress to university. Access will help you to develop your skills and self-confidence so you can successfully return to studying and progress to university. We have long-established links with local universities which many of our students progress to. Experienced tutors will support you to apply for the university course of your choice.


You will need to complete a portfolio of work to show you have achieved the required number of credits in your chosen subjects and study skills.

You will study:


  • Biochemical molecules
  • Cells
  • Pathogens and disease
  • Nutrition and disease
  • Control and co-ordination
  • Body structure and function


  • Concepts and perspectives
  • Exploring the family
  • Research project


  • Perspectives in psychology
  • Psychological disorders

Study Skills

  • Academic writing skills
  • Presentations skills

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 19 years of age and have GCSE English Language (or Literature) and maths at old grade C or new grade 4 or above.  Additionally, a science at GCSE grade 4/C is desirable (if you are looking to going into teaching it is essential).

Please note: Level 2 qualifications may not be accepted as alternatives to GCSEs and it is not possible to do GCSEs alongside the Access course.

All applicants are advised to take responsibility for checking entry requirements for their chosen degree course before applying for the Access course.

You will also have an interview to assess your suitability for the course.

Assessment Methods

A combination of coursework, exams, seminars, assessed discussions, presentations.


Students who have completed the Access course have gone on to a wide range of degree courses at local and national universities including radiography, paramedics, mental health nursing, nutrition, midwifery, general nursing, paediatric, adult nursing.

The access courses are designed for you to progress on to higher education and are a stepping stone for you to find a job in your desired career pathway.

Fees & Funding

If you are 19-23 you may be eligible to pay a reduced fee. Please ask for further information from our Student Finance team.

Students who are age 24+ or over will pay the full fee and may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.


Course code


Start date

2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

End date

2021-07-02 00:00:00.000



Dewsbury Centre

Course code


Start date

2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

End date

2021-07-02 00:00:00.000




Huddersfield Centre

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