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Adult Course Details

Access to Nursing and Healthcare Professions Diploma - 2020:21

Location: Guildford College
Course Code: AC10LF1A001P
Year: 2020:21
Attendance: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 09.30-15.00
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  Ascentis
Fees (Adv Learner Loan): £ 3384
14/09/2020Places Available
Subject Area

The Government funds and regulates adult Further Education and skills training in England. They pay a proportion of the cost to deliver the course and expect the student, or a sponsor, to pay the remaining portion. This is referred to as the ‘tuition fees’ and is what we display on our guide. If a course or a learner is not eligible for government funding the Full Cost /international fees will be liable. Please refer to our International fees page for more information.

Please note that the fees shown relate to the WHOLE programme but may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including changes to Government funding and remission policies, so before enrolling on a course please check with the College for the latest information. The College also reserves the right to close, or not to start any published course.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct. However, the College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including content, dates, times, venues, fees payable, concessions available, terms and conditions.

Content / Overview 

Access programmes are intensive courses designed for mature students who wish to progress to a British university. They have been developed to enable mature students to gain the skills and knowledge to cope with the academic demands of Higher Education.

Modules include study skills, IT (Information Technology) communication skills for health professionals, professional studies for nursing and health, health culture and issues, anatomy and physiology, science, nutrition, independent project and GCSE Maths (if required - there will be an extra charge for this qualification).
English GCSE Grade C or above (or a Level 2 equivalent e.g. Functional Skills Level 2) is a requirement for enrolment.

Course Modules 

Why Study Here

The Guildford Access course provides a fast-track route into university for mature applicants. The course is validated through Ascentis and carries the Access to HE kitemark, a guarantee of high standards.

Guildford College has long-term links with the University of Surrey, although students can and do progress to any other British university offering Nursing degrees. The course is taught by highly qualified staff who have considerable experience in teaching adult students.

Suitable For

This courses is open to candidates with sufficient interest and commitment, who are academically able to study on a Level 3 course and who do not already hold the necessary qualifications for entry to Higher Education. A high level of motivation is required to complete the course.

This programme is designed for mature students who wish to progress to a British university to study for a degree in nursing or related professions except Radiography (Access to Science is a more suitable route into this profession). Access is appropriate for those returning to education after a number of years, for example in employment, bringing up a family or having a career break.

NB. This course is not appropriate for non-European Union overseas students as, under government regulations, they are not eligible for places on NHS funded courses at university until they have been an EU resident for at least three years.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

This course is open to suitable candidates who are 19+ years of age and demonstrate sufficient interest and commitment. There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates should have English and preferably Maths GCSE (grades A*-C) or equivalent. You will be invited to discuss your suitability and needs at interview and may be asked to undertake an initial assessment. Additionally, students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

Delivery Method

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed including: lectures, group work, discussions and practicals.


On average you will need to study for 10-15 hours each week outside class time.


The course is continuously assessed using a variety of assessment methods. You will build up credits throughout the course as unit assignments and test are completed. Your progress is discussed and monitored in tutorials.

Further Study

If you pass the Access course you can progress to university to study for a degree in nursing or other health professions, such as; occupational therapy, physiotherapy, midwifery, paramedic, mental health nursing and podiatry. Please note that success on the Access course does not automatically guarantee a place at university however the vast majority of Access students progress to their chosen university courses each year.

Additional Information

You will be provided with a course handbook detailing the structure and processes of the programme. Guidance is given in study skills, career and Higher Education opportunities.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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