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Pre-Access to Health and Social Care
Course Overview
Please note, our next intake on this course will be September 2017.  This intake will be due to complete in June ready for progression from September 2018.

This course is for mature students who do not have the entry requirements to join the Access to Higher Education programmes.

This qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for entry to a professional career within the health and care sectors by preparing you to progress onto a programme of further study such as an Access qualification. If you do not have a level 2 qualification in English and maths you will study Functional Skills English and maths alongside the vocational units.

You will study in college three days per week between 9.30am  and 3pm.

Course Content
You will be expected to achieve a minimum of 26 credits from the following units:
- Understanding the health and social care professions
- Preparing for a career in the health and social care professions
- Communications in health and social care
- Health care practice
- Ethical issues in health care
- Protection and safeguarding in health and social care
- Speaking and listening skills
- Using numeracy skills in health and social care
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
There are no formal entry requirements but you will be expected to have an interview with the course tutor.  
You will be assessed through a portfolio of work and projects, including group work and presentations. You will take examinations in English and maths if required.

What does this course lead to?
This course supports progression to Access to Higher Education courses such as:
- Access to HE Diploma in Nursing & Healthcare Professions
- Access to HE Diploma in Biology with Chemistry
- Access to HE Diploma in Social Work
- Access to HE Diploma in Psychology

Additional Costs

If you do not have a Level 2 qualification or are claiming Jobseekers’ allowance, this course may be fully funded; please ask for details.

Fees may be paid through an instalment plan.

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.