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Ascentis Access to HE Diploma (Nursing & Midwifery) - Evening

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Adult Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and General Nursing and Midwifery. Other Job opportunities are in the field of Health Care Workers, Social Work and Operating Department practitioner among many others after completing this diploma

Overview of the course: 

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is for learners aged 19+ who do not have the qualifications required to enter HE. Each year around 30,000 learners in the UK take Access programs and many go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers. The Nursing and Midwifery Diploma can give you Access to a wide range of Healthcare and Nursing degrees.

Entry requirements: 

Maths and English GCSE grade C (4) or Functional Skills in Maths and English level 2 equivalent. No additional Level 2 qualifications are required but they would be beneficial. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


During the course you will be studying 3 main subject sets: Psychology, Human Physiology and Social Issues in Healthcare.
Some of the topics covered in Psychology are main psychological theories, memory and the effects of media on childhood aggression.
Some of the topics covered in Human Physiology are cell biology, aspects of human physiology and the skeleton and muscles.
Some of the topics covered in Social issues in Healthcare are health and social care provision, Mental health and wellbeing.

How is the course assessed?: 

All assessments are assessed internally and include assignments, essays, research projects and examinations in June of each academic year.

Length of the course: 

Your course is structured over 36 weeks from September to June, divided into 2 semesters. Your course will run 2 evenings (Tuesday and Thursday) a week on campus from 6.00 - 9.00pm and will also include at least 3 hours of directed independent study to complete every week.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

This course starts on the 03/09/2019 and ends on the 25/06/2020.

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2019 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (21 Aug 2019 09:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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How to apply: 

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