Access To Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Professions

Access to Health is designed to allow students to achieve a qualification that provides direct access to University. It is suitable for 19+students who hold the relevant entry criteria (GCSE’s) but do not hold a level 3 qualification (A Level or A Level equivalent).   Access to Health Professions here at Oldham is tailored to meet the needs of our students and complies with UK entry criteria for a wide range of degrees offered at Universities across the UK.
The Access to Health Professions course is full-time (18 hrs) studied over one year.  You will study 2 mandatory modules, Psychology; and this year in order to ensure that all our Access to Health Profession students are provided with a strategic advantage over fellow applicants; there will be 30 credits of Human Biology offered as opposed to the mandatory 15 credits; plus a range of developmental and independent studies to help prepare you for University undergraduate courses and future employment within a range of health related professions. Social Science and nursing degrees to include: Adult nursing, paediatrics, mental health, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paramedic courses, also social science degrees, etc.   You will be required to attend College for two full days (12 hrs), with an independent study day (6 hrs) were you are required to complete work provided to you, off campus.  This allows students with work/child care commitment’s to work offsite (please note this is a compulsory part of the course and work will be marked as part of the assessment process).
There are no unseen examinations, all work completed on Access is assessed through use of course work set throughout the year. You will be assessed using a wide range of assignments aimed to stretch and challenge you to achieve at high grades and reach your potential.  All assessments are assignment based, and include Essays, Reports, presentations, time seen examinations, role plays, team building work, posters, self-reflection reviews, etc., which are graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction.  Mandatory developmental units are delivered at the onset of the course to help prepare you for all assignment work.
As part of the Access programme you are strongly advised to undertake voluntary work, work experience or employment based where possibly around your degree/employment area of interest.  However, any employability skills will further support and enhance your UCAS application for University. Staff at Oldham College are available to discuss this further with you and can offer advice as to which agencies are best suited to your particular needs. Outside organisations visit the College throughout the year to speak to students about employment and voluntary positions available within their establishments, and provide advice on how to apply.  A time table of scheduled visits will be provided upon induction.
The Access to Health Professions course is studied full-time (18 hrs). You will study 3 mandatory modules including: Psychology, Human Biology and a range of developmental units and independent studies designed to help completion of your academic course work.  Successful completion of the Diploma can help you progress into a range of Higher Education courses and future employment including: Social science and nursing degrees; adult nursing, paediatrics, mental health, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paramedic courses, also social science degrees, etc.   You will be required to attend College for two full days (12 hrs), with an independent study day (6 hrs) were you are required to complete work provided to you, off campus.  This allows students with work/child care commitment’s to work offsite (please note this is a compulsory part of the course and work will be marked as part of the assessment process).

Early Years BA; Health & Community Studies BSc; Psychological Studies BSc (hons)

Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements   |   Grading structure from gov.uk
GCSE Science grade C or above 
Early Years
Health & Social Care courses (Level 1, 2 and 3)
GCSE studies in English, Maths, and Science
Access to Social Work and Teaching Pathway
A variety of Counselling courses.

For 19+ full time course fees and information regarding bursaries and 24+ funding, please contact Student Services on 0800 765 4000.

Please note that occasionally the course may have to be altered or cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of AS/Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development