Nursing and Midwifery

Access to Higher Education Diploma Science & Medical Sciences

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Access to Higher Education Diploma
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Science & Medical Sciences
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St John's Centre
(Full Time - 1 year)

St John's Centre
(Evening Only - 1 year)

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(Distance Learning - 1 year)

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If a career in nursing has always been your dream, but you don't currently have the qualifications needed to apply for a degree-level course, then this Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing and Allied Health Professions could be just what you need.

You'll look at a diverse range of subjects within this field, focusing on core modules in Psychology, Biology and Sociology.

Alongside the medical aspects of the course, you'll also spend time looking at the social side of health care, including how to look after different types of people effectively, and how to deal with equality and diversity in the workplace. Each will give you a core understanding of essential medical topics, while also helping you to focus on Nursing as an important and varied discipline. As you increase your experience, you'll be building a solid foundation of topical knowledge for midwife degree programmes.

You'll also develop all the skills you'll need for success at university too, including essay writing, research and time management. This will ensure you'll be fully prepared to continue your journey and face any challenge as you advance onto a higher-level course.

For students interested in Nursing pathways: (a) GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C/4 or above or (b) Functional skills at Level 2 or above in Maths and English Language (a good grade in Science/Biology will be an advantage) or (c) GCSE Maths or English Language at grade C/4 or above and a grade D/3 (or Functional Skills L2) in either Maths or English Language. You will be required to re-sit the GCSE you achieved a grade D/3 in alongside the Access Diploma. For students interested in Midwifery pathways: GCSE Maths, English Language and Science (or Biology) at grade C/4 or above. For all health-based courses, experience in the sector or placement in a field related to your career goal is desirable.

During this Nursing diploma, you'll be assessed through a variety of methods to help develop your knowledge and skills and to prepare you for university. This will include tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, presentations, discussion forums, assignments, and some exams.

An Access to Higher Education Diploma like this one in Nursing and Allied Health Professions gives you a direct route to a university-level degree.

You could choose to stay with us at The Manchester College and complete a degree-level programme in Applied Psychology, Applied Biology, Health Care Studies or Social Care Professions. Or progress on to degree-level study with our higher education partner, UCEN Manchester. Students progressing from The Manchester College will receive a cash award through the Achievers Scholarship. Whatever you choose, you'll continue to develop your knowledge for a rewarding career in the medical science sector, whether that's as a nurse or a department practitioner.

Whichever direction you choose to follow, you'll be on a journey to a great career in a nursing related profession, whether you'd like to be a nurse in a hospital or care home, or a specialist health practitioner.

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Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay tuition fees for this Access to Higher Education Diploma.

There are a number of different funding and finance options to help you afford your tuition at The Manchester College, with dedicated support from the government, bursaries and grants, and special loans to cover any tuition fees.

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Science & Medical Sciences

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