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Access to Higher Education (Level 3 Diploma) Health and Social Care and Social Science

The Health and Social Care and Social Science pathways can lead to a degree and career in many different professions. In one year, you could be well on your way to a new job such as

  • nurse
  • social worker
  • counsellor
  • midwife
  • paramedic
  • dental hygienist
  • mental health practitioner
  • criminologist
  • oceanographer
  • therapeutic professional
  • teacher
  • environmental scientist
  • nutritionist
  • anthropology specialist
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A wide range of health-related and sociological subjects including

  • Human Nutrition and Digestion
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Human Reproduction
  • Sociological Theories and their Application to Contemporary Society
  • Ventilation, Respiration and Energy
  • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviour
  • Human Disease and Immunity
  • Defining, Classifying and Explaining Disorders
  • Inheritance
  • Homeostasis
  • Planning and Carrying Out Research in Sociology
  • Ethical Issues in Professional Practice
  • Scientific Contemporary Issues in Biology
  • Treating Disorders
  • Childhood Development
  • Lifespan Development
  • Crime
  • Poverty
  • Families
  • Households and Personal Relations
  • Religion and Belief

The course and hours are designed to fit around your work, life and family commitments. Assessment is portfolio based and will take the form of coursework, presentations or in class assessments depending on the units you are studying.

Delivered in centres across the county, you can find this course locally in Falmouth, Helston, Liskeard, Newquay, Bude, Camelford and Launceston. The classes are delivered between the hours 9.15am to 2.45pm, 3 days a week.

Access to HE courses are for students aged 18+. Applicants who do not hold a GCSE or Level 2 equivalent in mathematics or English at grade C (4) or above will be expected to gain these qualifications before or alongside their Access studies. The opportunity to achieve these qualifications will be provided.

Please note: It is a requirement by universities that these qualifications alongside a full Level 3 are in place before starting in Higher Education.

  • Health and Social Care £3,384.00
  • Social Sciences £3,022.00

If you are aged 18 on 31 August 2020, you may be eligible for full fee remission.

If you are aged 19-23 on the first day of learning without a full level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for fee remission.

If you do not qualify for full funding, most learners will be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company. This loan is ‘written off’ upon the successful completion of a higher education course. Should you not go on and complete an eligible higher education course you will be required to pay back the loan, but only after you start earning over £2,214 per month (before tax and other deductions).For more information visit:

Those aged 19+, who are not eligible for any fee remission and decide not to take an Advanced Learner Loan, may pay the course fees in instalments.

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We understand that for some learners, the only way they will be able to take part in Adult Education is if they receive financial help and support, for example a contribution towards the costs of tuition, exam fees, travel expenses, books or childcare. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the funding agency for Advanced Learner Loans have allocated some money to help us provide this support to eligible learners on applicable courses. Information and advice about eligibility and how to apply can be supplied upon request.

We also support students through the university application process (UCAS) with personal tutorials and academic units focussed on HE progression. These are designed to offer guidance and support throughout the learning process. We do however recommend checking the entry requirements for a chosen course at your preferred university. For more information on the awarding body please visit the Ascentis website.

Cornwall Adult Education is committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for all our students and we want all learners to achieve their full potential and to enjoy their learning. When you enrol, please let us know if you have any specific requirements, including a physical disability or learning difficulty. You can note this on your enrolment form or contact your local centre directly. This information will only be used to support you in your learning.

The Access to HE Diploma Level 3 qualification enables students to acquire enough UCAS points for many health and science-based degrees in Cornwall, Plymouth and other parts of the country; it is also a highly recognized qualification in a professional workplace.

Some university courses include: Midwifery, Adult Nursing, Child Health, Nursing, Mathematics, Oceanography, English, Social Work, Primary School teaching and Veterinary Nursing.

We offer help, support and put you in contact with advisers who can help you:

  • Decide which course is the best for you
  • Find out about other courses you can move on to
  • Explore possible financial support options
  • Benefit from additional learning support
  • Look at employment opportunities

Please enquire at your local centre or e-mail for further information.

Enquire now and find out how an Access to HE course can change your life!