Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing)

learndirect Careers
United Kingdom
Online Course
22 Nov 2020
22 Dec 2020
Contract Type

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Course overview

Nursing is a diverse and fulfilling profession, offering practising nurses the unique opportunity to make a lasting difference to people’s lives. Whether that be through taking care of the gravely ill or making sure patients follow through with an exercise regime, nurses play a key role in public health.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) is the ideal course for those aged 19 or over and those wishing to embark on a nursing degree and lacking the qualifications needed to do so.

As part of the course, students will study a number of vital areas of human biology, psychology and health studies, in addition to several other subject fields related to health and wellbeing.

Some of the topics involved in this Access to HE Diploma course include cell biology, growth and development, the human nervous system, the musculoskeletal system as well as disease and disease prevention and nutrition. Students will also get to explore the various approaches to health and health promotion in nursing practice.

What you'll learn

Upon completion of your Access to HE Diploma (Nursing) you will have the fundamental knowledge you need to begin a Nursing degree at university.

A key advantage of an Access to HE Diploma is the learning centres specifically around your desired area of study. That means the Diploma is highly focused, so you’ll have the relevant and current knowledge to support your progression to university.

Duration study load

Most students complete their Diploma within 9-12 months, but you can take up to 2 years, fitting your studies around other commitments.

Entry requirements

If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma right now, you should hold a GCSE in maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. It is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degrees. However, you can also have a relevant NVQ at level 2 if you wish to study a related degree at university.

Course features

  • Make a difference in your local community
  • Deliver first-class medical care to those in need
  • Have a fulfilling career helping people
  • Take additional training to shape your career the way you want it
  • Prepare for your Nursing degree
  • Master key principles including biology, anatomy and physiology
  • Learn study skills and assignment writing

Who's it for?

Do you have a desire to care for people?

Do you want to do more with your career and end each day with a sense of fulfilment, having made a difference?

Nursing is a demanding career that asks for personal sacrifice in addition to the hard work. But it’s also highly rewarding and you will end each day knowing you made a real difference to a lot of people’s lives.

Professionally there are also plenty of opportunities to progress, learn new skills and earn a better salary!


All your study materials will be accessible 24/7, 365 days a year on our world-class online learning platform. This gives you the ability to learn wherever and whenever you want – on your terms, around your other commitments. You’ll be provided with an Individual Learning Plan to ensure your studies are on track and that key milestones and deadlines are met.

Add on our industry-leading career support for a whole year and your dream career is closer than you think! Get one-to-one help with your CV from our team of expert careers advisers and make sure you are interview ready! We’ll also help you with your UCAS application, provide you with a letter of recommendation and help you prepare for any University interviews you may be required to attend!


Core Units

  • Unit 1: Preparing To Study
  • Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills
  • Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment
  • Unit 4: Cell Biology
  • Unit 5: The History of the National Health Service
  • Unit 6: Human Nutrition & The Digestive System

And more!

Job outcomes

  • Nurse


Recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


  • Nursing Degree

We understand the climate we're in right now and flexible payment options are available. Please apply today to find out more!

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About learndirect Careers

We believe that everyone should get a career they love and the education they need. That is why we support students, just like you, to develop industry-ready skills in a variety of fields. We will support you on your journey to becoming qualified and into a career you love.

Why choose learndirect Careers?

As the biggest training provider in the UK, we offer industry-leading courses and exceptional support. You can be confident that your course will help you achieve your goals. And that there will be expert help there should you need it. All of our courses are accredited and delivered on our world-class learning platform, making your studying straight forward and stress-free.

Career skills to support your employment

We offer tailored courses to ensure you are fully prepared for your new career. Included in your study package are the main Regulated Qualification and 3 additional short courses. These accreditations can be added to your CV to enhance your employability. With a 12-month guided advice plan from our Career Skills & Student Support Team, you will become increasingly employable while you develop your industry expertise.

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