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Access to Higher Education in Health
Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who have some vocational experience but do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

You will attend college four days a week between 9.30 and 3.30.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

The curriculum is structured so that core units are delivered together with the cohorts of the other Access courses in the college. There are weekly tutorials where one to ones take place and you set your own targets for the development of specific skills and knowledge, including completion of the UCAS process. All resources, assignments are available on the Google Classrooms for your use and specific resources for eLearning sessions are updated weekly

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of subjects including:

  • Reading academic literature
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Applied science
  • Psychology applied to health
  • Health culture
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Independant project and dissemination

To enhance employment opportunities the course may also have additional qualifications built into the programme.

English and Maths
If you are aged under 19 and if you do not hold a GCSE grade C or higher in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards these qualifications.
Entry Requirements

GCSE maths and English at grade C or above, ICT and keyboard skills (all work must be word-processed), a satisfactory reference and initial computerised screening.


There will be numerous assignment tasks and short tests throughout the course and, therefore, there are no end of course examinations. You will be expected to meet all deadlines for assignment submission unless there are exceptional circumstances.

What does this course lead to?

This course will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to progress on to higher education in order to pursue a career in health including Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, or Podiatry

The majority of students progress into higher education courses, for example BA Degrees, Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas within a wide range of health care disciplines. In order to progress into health-related professions at higher education level it would be advisable for students to undertake relevant work experience in their own time.

Equipment Required

Each student is responsible for purchasing general stationery items as well as course text books (a readling list will be provided). Access to a PC and printer is necessary.

Additional Costs

Each student is responsible for purchasing general stationery items.

Financial Information
If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free.
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.

Staged Payment
A staged payment plan is available to help with course fees.
Reduced Fees
Fee concessions may be available if you are out of work, on low income or studying for your first Level 1 or Level 2 qualification.
If you are unable to pay any of the course costs, or need financial assistance you may be eligible to receive a college bursary.
For further details on fees and financial help please contact Student Welfare on 01256 306393.
Travel Subsidy
BCoT offers discount on travel to and from the college for full time students. We offer 50% discount on rail fares and if you are travelling by bus, we offer 25% off Zone 2 buses outside of Basingstoke. There is financial assistance available for those families on a low income.