From education to employment


Distance learning provider Open Study College has launched a new Access to HE Diploma (Health) to provide a direct, specialist route into university for students wanting to achieve a career in healthcare, with enrolments now open.

The Access to HE Health Diploma provides a solid foundation of knowledge related to the healthcare industry, perfect for those looking to pursue a career in the field. Equivalent to three A Level subjects, the diploma offers a direct progression route into degrees such as midwifery, nursing and other specialist healthcare disciplines.

The two-year long course is made up of nine units exploring both key academic subjects and healthcare-specific units. Academic subjects include maths, biology, and psychology, whilst the healthcare units are cover subjects linked to the medical profession such as value-based healthcare and health promotion.

The diploma will allow students to take advantage of the flexibility distance learning has to offer, whilst still following a carefully laid out timing plan and assignment schedule. Students will also be supported through one-to-one mentoring sessions and email support from their tutor throughout their studies.

Upon completion, students will achieve a qualification recognised by higher education institutions throughout the UK. Students will also receive guidance to help them with their UCAS application for continued study at university level.

Open Study College CEO, Samantha Rutter, said:

“We are excited to launch our new Access to HE Diploma (Health) and support more people on their journey to higher education and pursuing a career in the healthcare industry.

“The need for healthcare professionals is rapidly growing and we want to make it more attainable for people to make it their career of choice, regardless of their background or education.

“We developed the Access to HE Diploma (Health) to provide a well-rounded foundation of knowledge which covers all the academic and healthcare-related knowledge a student would need to comfortably start a degree in the field.”

The course has been written with input from healthcare professionals. One contributor, Julia, said: “Access to HE Diplomas offer an alternative route to university and beyond. They are often more accessible than A Levels to students with caring or work responsibilities, or those who lack confidence or who have disabilities. It’s very fulfilling to hear from these students some years later when they have achieved their degrees and are embarking on careers such as nursing which mean so much to them.”

Experienced nurse Sonia is also on the course writing team. She explained the significance for aspiring nursing students: “I qualified as a nurse over 30 years ago, long before nurses attended university and qualified with a degree in nursing. Over the years I have accessed a number of distance learning courses to further my knowledge and progress my career.

“I feel distance learning is an invaluable way to gain qualifications. The Open Study College Access to HE Diploma (Health) is an excellent way to gain the qualifications required to access the nursing degree course.”

The first intake for the Access to HE Diploma (Health) is open now, with students who enrol before 31st December 2019 starting in January 2020.

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