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Access to Health & Social Care-Nursing & Midwifery Level 3 | Access to HE Diploma (Nursing and Midwifery)

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Unconditional Places to Full-Time Applicants

Due to the uncertainty around how long the Covid-19 outbreak will last, it has been agreed for the immediate future that we will be offering unconditional places to full-time (not University Level) applicants who apply to SGS College.

Once you apply for your course, you will receive a communication offering you a place.

You just need to accept the offer, if you wish to.

We will then be in touch to discuss the offer once the Covid-19 risk reduces.


Learn more about Access to Higher Education at SGS College


The Nursing & Midwifery pathway on the Access to Health and Social Care course offers you the opportunity to study and gain a critical understanding of a wide range of subjects that are important if you intend to work in a health care-related profession. This course is for people who want to gain a qualification recognised nationally as being appropriate for those entering higher education training in nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy or paramedic science, or those who want to take a degree in social sciences or health-related subjects. This is a 1-year course contained within 3–4 days per week. This course is for mature students returning to education or wishing to pursue a different career route. A range of Academic Subject Content units are delivered from the following categories: biology, psychology and sociology. A range of Academic Preparation Skills units are also offered.

What do I need to join?

Applicants should already have secured a grade C/4 or above in both GCSE Maths and English to gain entry to the Access course. If applicants are currently studying GCSEs, they will need to have secured these (at a 4-grade minimum) by the course start date. Any applicants that believe they have GCSE equivalency should check with their university of choice to see if they meet their degree course entry requirements before making an application for Access. An important part of the application for nursing and midwifery-related degrees is based on experience. We therefore require all applicants who wish to pursue the nursing and midwifery pathway on the Access course to have at least 3 months' relevant work or voluntary experience. In order to secure either paid or voluntary work experience within the NHS and related fields, we suggest you contact your local NHS providers. In addition, the 1Big Database website lists all agencies/charities within your local area (

How will I know how I am doing?

The course consists of 60 credits: 45 Academic Subject Content (ASC) graded at pass, merit or distinction, and 15 Academic Preparation Skills (APS). You will be set assignments to gain these credits throughout the academic year. These will involve essay writing, tests/exams, some practical experiments with written reports and presentations.

What can I do next?

The Access to Nursing & Midwifery pathway offers you the opportunity to progress to a degree course in a range of health-related areas and is offered nationally. The main local provider is the University of the West of England. For more information about the university degrees and courses offered, please go to and click on the course search area, where all the courses available in the UK are listed along with all the information required.

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Course information last updated: Tuesday 31st March 2020 @ 11.11am (1 day ago)

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AvailabilityAll Full-time Further Education courses commence in September each year. If you can't find what you're looking for or require further assistance, please contact our Admission team 01453 761165 or email [email protected]

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Enquire about Access to Health & Social Care-Nursing & Midwifery 0800 0567 253 | [email protected]

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