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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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Access to Health and Social Care Level 3

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Are you passionate about making a difference in the field of healthcare and social sciences?

The Access to Health & Social Care course is tailor-made for individuals like you who aspire to enter Higher Education and pursue degrees in nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, paramedic science, social sciences, or other health-related subjects. The course is designed for those with a vision of pursuing higher education in diverse healthcare and social science disciplines. The Access to Health & Social Care pathway not only prepares you for degree courses in nursing, midwifery, and paramedic science but also offers a gateway to a myriad of health and social care-related subjects. The possibilities are vast, allowing you to tailor your educational journey to match your interests and career goals.

Course Structure

Duration: One year from September

Learning Model: Blended - Two days in college, one day online.

Who is this course for: Mature students (19+) seeking to return to education and individuals exploring a career change or a new professional path.

How will I know how I am doing?

Key components:

  • Academic subject content: Comprehensive coverage of Biology, Sociology & Psychology, 45 credits graded at pass, merit or distinction.
  • Study Skills: Equipping you with essential study skills. 15 credits to enhance your academic Assignments throughout the academic year

Assessment methodology

Diverse assessment types, including academic essays, tests/exams, reports, and presentations.

What do I need to join?

  • Essential: GCSE English Language - C/4 or above or international equivalent.
  • Essential: GCSE Maths – C/4 or above or international equivalent.
  • EU/International applicants: Kindly email [email protected] to confirm recognition of international qualifications by UK institutions before applying.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the Access to Health & Social Care course, varied academic and employment pathways open up for learners. Explore opportunities to study at Higher Education and work in various health care sectors, specialising in nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and many other health and social care related subjects.

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    Additional Information

    Course Location: This course is situated at our Filton campus.

    Department contact: For additional details about this course, please reach out to us at [email protected]

    Fee information

    If you require financial support including payment plans, bursaries and advanced learner loans please visit the Money Management Service section of the website. Fee reductions or waivers may be available based on age and previous qualifications. The Advanced Learner Loan is available for most 19+ applicants, visit Advanced Learner Loan: Overview - GOV.UK ( for eligibility details. The Advanced Learner Loan covers the full course cost; if you proceed to complete a university-level course, the loan is written off, ensuring zero cost for your Access course.

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    Course fees explained

    The course fee can usually be broken down to three components which are Materials (resources required to study the course, for example stationery, books and other equipment), Tuition (teaching, classroom etc) and Exams. Depending on age, financial circumstances and a number of other factors you could be asked to pay the full fee or just elements of it. Usually Learners under 19s studying Full-Time courses have just Material fee costs to pay, over 19s on Full-Time or Part-Time courses usually have materials, exams and tuition fees to pay. Find out more about Understanding Fees

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