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Access to HE Diploma in Health Professions

This course is ideal for students who are interested in studying nursing, midwifery and some allied health professions at degree level but do not have the necessary experience or qualifications to progress directly to higher education.

Our Access to HE Diploma in Health Professions course is the first online course from AIM awards. We have developed this course in calibration with industry experts to ensure that our course delivers the ultimate study experience.

The Access to HE Diploma in Health Professions course will help students to reach the entry requirements for degree courses at the majority of Universities.

Who this course is for:

Anyone who wants a career in health professions including:

  • Adult Nursing

  • Midwifery

  • Mental Health Nursing

  • Child Nursing

  • Paramedic Science

  • Dental Hygiene / Therapy

  • Social Work

In order to undertake the qualification you must:

  • Be confident in studying at level 3

  • Pass a literacy test

Harriet Ellis advises all students that there are no entrance requirements to study the Access to HE Diploma. However, students should be aware the Universities may require GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths. Most Universities will require confidence in English to IELTS level 6.5. You should be aiming to have achieved this by the end of your Access course.

The Curriculum for the Access to HE Diploma includes Study skills, Psychology, Sociology, Health Studies and Human Biology.

Studying an Access course online gives you the ultimate flexibility in terms of study hours. Our Access course is perfect for students seeking flexible studying hours, with the Access to HE Diploma in Health Professions course you can study at your own pace whilst receiving excellent tutor support.

This course does not guarantee a place at university. However, Harriet Ellis endeavours to equip its students with the skills needed to assist them in obtaining a place in University.

For 2015 entry, 90% students who applied for University secured their places, including places to Nursing & Midwifery.

This course will enable you to study at degree level in all branches of Health Professions including Adult Nursing, Midwifery, Child Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Paramedic Science, Occupational Therapy and more.

This course is validated by the QAA. Our awarding body is AIM Awards.

  • Eligibility for Funding:

  • Must be between 19-23 yrs old

  • Must be resident of the UK for at least 3 years

  • Must NOT have undertaken a level 3 qualification previously

    If you meet the above criteria, Click Here to apply.

Study Skills

  • English for Academic Study
  • Research and Referencing
  • Producing a Written Assignment
  • Maths in A Healthcare Context

Introductory Academic Subject

  • Infection Control


  • Psychopathology
  • Treatments and Therapies


  • Ethical Issues in Healthcare Policy

Health Studies

  • Foundations in Healthcare Practice
  • The National Health Service

Human Biology

  • Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Biological Communications
  • Reproduction
  • Genetics
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Respiratory and Cardiac Systems
  • Skeleton and Muscles



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Review by: Rajbinder Dhillon
Hi my name is rajbinder, I'm doing a online access course for Nursing and midwifery. Although I have only completed the first assignment, I can tell you now, it's been great. I've had so much support from everyone involved, my tutor is brilliant, always available whenever I need her, either by a phone call or email. I am already working as a senior carer, and have always wanted to do nursing, so when I heard about a online course which could help me to achieve my goal, I was excited. I work full time, and have two children, so leaving work and going to College would not have worked for me. At first I did think, will I be able to manage this, but I was surprised how well it all Falls into place. When I started this course, I was very nervous, it felt like going back to school all over again, but with just one phone call to my tutor, she put my mind to rest which helped.
I would definitely recommend this online access course to anyone who is looking into Nursing or Midwifery. The support network is immense, and I know you will not be disappointed.
Review by: sarah hadfield
I've recently started the online access to HE nursing and midwifery course and it is brilliant. Becky and Andrea have both been amazing so far, and Becky especially has made the whole process of signing up and getting started so easy and really enjoyable. I would 100% recommend anybody thinking of doing the course to do so.
Review by: Inderjit Kaur
This is my first ever online course.....i thought its gona be really hard to do my course online but I'm going really well on my course.....my teacher is really friendly and supportive. ...and becky is really nice as well. ....she's really sweet and helpful.....so glad to be a part of Harriet Ellis. .....
i have just started my nursing and midwifery course,and am happy with the support i am getting.I would definitely introduce my friends.
Review by: Zoe Notley
Hello I have just recently enrolled in the Harriet Ellis on line course for Nursing and Midwifery, i have been out of education for a long time, so naturally i was very nervous! Becky was my first point of contact the moment i got on the phone with her she was able to re assure me that anyone is capable of learning and there were people to support me in any way they could along the way, so far every one has been amazing!! Im going to be a midwife!!!!!!.......in 4 years Whoop Whoop!!!!
Review by: sarah hadfield
After enrolling in February I have had so much support. Becky and Andrea have been fab and always helped me with any questions or problems iv had. If your looking for an access course I would definitely recommend this one!!
I am very pleased with the course. The modules offer a wide range of information in a format that is easy to understand.

I would like to say that Andrea and Rachel San Segundo have been very helpful, their guides and advises really helped me to improve on my assignments
Review by: Danielle Mountney
I feel my experience so far with Harriet Ellis has been very rewarding, I feel like I have gained a lot off knowledge since starting my course and its prepared me with regards to writing assignments and referencing ready for university. I feel that the support I have received is excellent, it's nice to know that I am able to speak to numerous people if in doubt about a certain topic. Overall I'm glad I chose to complete my course with Harriet Ellis it's enabled me to continue working full time and is helping to prepare me for my next career path
Review by: Sonia Kingsly Eboigbe
I am writing regarding my experience in my Access course with the Harriet Ellis. It really shows concern that I am not being left alone. Starting this course has been a challenging course so far in my life, I can't believe I am actually doing well. I have really improved my knowledge in my writing skills in some many ways, especially my feedbacks. Most of my feedbacks has really improved my learning and understanding skills,my writing is the most difficult part of all. My feedback are also really important to me because I know how to correct it.

Andrea Beeney has extremely supported me on this course since the very first day. She guided me through the online classrooms and the student hub when I was having difficulties with it. When I couldn't send the videos on psychopathology through email she helped me to send it in a different way. Rachel San-Segundo has also really been helpful towards my assignments and my feedback. She always tells me straightforward with no hesitation which is brilliant because then I know where to ameliorate on my work.
I have learnt a lot so far. When I start my upcoming assignments it won't be too hard for me.
Review by: carys lovell
Hello Andrea,
Thankyou very much, im very happy with my results! I have been offered a conditional offer at greenwich university so will now be able to let them know i have met the grading criteria. I just wanted to thank you and everyone else involved for the help and support throughout, i have thoroughly enjoyed it and can now start the career i have always wanted!
Review by: Babalwa Gwija
What I have enjoyed so far is actually learning what motivates me. My motivation to actually do the assignments is getting better.
Review by: Hayley Roberts
I found the course very easy to follow and the support from Andrea was brilliant. The only thing that let me down in regards to university was my experience – which I have now gained a CSW apprenticeship. Personal thanks to Andrea for all her effort, you are a real credit to the course
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team and especially to yourself, Rachel San-Segundo and Sophie Napier for all your help and advice throughout the course.

I have enjoyed and learnt lots during the course and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I have found that the contents and the structure of the modules are easy to understand and the fact that the course is on-line makes it perfect to fill my needs! I am glad I did this course with Harriet Ellis.
Review by: Emmanuel white
I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and consultancy during my time studying on this course.
Your expertise have allowed me to boost my confidence and allow me to work towards getting all distinctions thus far.

Your 7 day a week availability shows true dedication towards your students and the ethos of your feedback allows me to improve my work.
A professional representative such as yourself is what educational recruitment companies need in order to get the best out of their students.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is serious about starting an academic career in nursing.
As the old saying goes "you get what you pay for" and this correlates with this course.
Review by: Roselin Adu-Twum
Excellent help and support . Still telling love ones to study with Harriet Ellis .
Review by: Inderjit Kaur
I found that I was supported throughout the course and I found the submission system easy to use. The assignments were challenging but it is worth it in the end.

The full course fees are £1350.00. There are two options in regards to payment.


Option 1 - Full Payment at time of booking will receive a 5% discount.

£1350 - 5% = £1282.50


Option 2 - Interest Free Installments.

£150 Deposit followed by 6 Monthly Installments of £200 per month.

Option 3 - Funding

If you are:

  • Must be between 19-23 yrs old
  • Must be resident of the UK for at least 3 years
  • Must NOT have undertaken a level 3 qualification previously
    You may be eligible for funding. Click Here.


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