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An Access to Higher Education Diploma prepares adults without traditional qualifications for study at university. They are usually 2 days per week and take one year to complete.

Access to Health & Social Care

Here at Shipley College we offer Access routes into Health & Social Care, as we have an ageing population in Bradford, and an increasing demand for those services.

We offer two pathways under Access to Health & Social Care:

In the Health Professions pathway, you will learn about human physiology, psychology and get an understanding of professional healthcare practice. This route prepares you for university study in areas such as Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and a whole range of other health professions. 

The Social Sciences pathway allows you to develop an understanding of social issues in Health & Social Care, psychology and of professional healthcare practice. This pathway will prepare you for areas like Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Criminology and Youth & Community Development.

Entry requirements for Health Professions Pathway on or by 1st September 2024 :
Age:  18+
Qualifications:  English & maths GCSE at a grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy & Numeracy
Entry requirements for Social Science Pathway on or by 1st September 2024 :
Age:  18+
Qualifications:  English GCSE at a grade 4 (C) or above.
If you don't already have Maths GCSE or FS qualification, you will need to enrol onto a GCSE/FS course which can run alongside the Access course - please contact the Enrolments Team on 01274 327327

Contact the Enrolments Team on 01274 327327 to register your interest


Most people get an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for their Access course, so you will not need to find the money up front. The even better news is that if you do go on to University, and complete your University course, then Student Finance England will ‘write off’ the money you borrowed for your Access course, so you will not need to repay it!
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"As a mature student and being out of education for almost 20 years I wasn’t confident with regards to my academic skills. However, doing this course, having the support network from the tutors turned that around significantly. I have improved my skills so much that on reading previous assignments I have the ability to spot punctuation, grammar, and referencing errors with ease. Alongside these skills this Access course taught me to write an essay, essay planning, prioritising tasks; to make it easier to stay on track and juggle assignments, and make a habit of proofreading, all skills I lacked. 

Completing this course was such an achievement, that I am now looking at volunteering roles in the mental health sector to help support my future degree in Psychology and Counselling, which I have successfully secured a place at university to study, thanks to the help of the Access team.’ 

‘Looking back on where I was when I started and how I have developed academically I owe a massive thank you to my tutors, the support, guidance and feedback really made a difference. Knowledge and skills taught were truly beneficial therefore I can not thank them enough."

F Hussain 

"The Access to HE course has been instrumental in helping me secure a place at Bradford's University’s child nursing program. The course provided a comprehensive foundation in important subjects, boosting my confidence and academic skills. The support I received throughout the course was exceptional with dedicated tutors offering guidance, feedback, and encouragement at every step, ensuring I was well prepared for university-level studies. This nurturing environment made a significant difference in my educational journey, leading to my successful admission into the child nursing course."

M Hussain 

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