Access to Health Studies and Social Care



Days:  Tues & Wed
Times: Can vary between 8.40am - 4.10pm Exact times can only be confirmed nearer the start date.  


This course is designed for adults intending to enter a number of professions within the health sector.  The key theme of health runs throughout the course, approached from psychological, biological and sociological perspectives. The unit on Equality and Opportunity ensures that you have a thorough understanding of professional practice within the health professions, and is complemented by the Independent Study related to a chosen profession. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including examination practice, presenting information and writing essays. Throughout the year, academic skills such as note-taking, essay writing, revision and research are taught to ensure that you achieve the best grades possible on the Access course and in the future at degree level.

Your future choices at University

Here are some examples of the degree courses which could be followed on completion of this Access programme.

  • Nursing (Adult)
  • Nursing (Paediatric)
  • Nursing (Community)
  • Speech & Arts Therapy
  • Teaching
  • Midwifery
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy

Term one:

In the first term you will focus on refreshing your academic skills of note-taking and effective time management and applying them to the subject matter being studied, which includes:

  • The Sociology unit will focus on inequality in society and different theoretical perspectives and explanations of why people have such different life chances.
  • The Psychology unit will investigate how mental health is defined and treated.
  • The Academic Skills unit will introduce and offer opportunities to practise note taking skills, critical reading skills, essay writing and research skills. There is an emphasis on reflective learning that will differentiate between the learner's existing skills and experience.
  • Tutorial will focus on support and guidance with university applications.
  • The Biology unit will include Cell Structure and Biological Molecules.
  • In Chemistry, you will study Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding.
  • Tutorial sessions will help with your application to university.

You will also receive tutorial help and guidance with your application to university.

Term two:

In term two, you will be supported in selecting a topic for your individual research which will focus on studying the role and responsibilities within a chosen profession.  Building on knowledge gained in the previous term, the second term encourages you to develop independent learning and study skills through the following content.

  • Chemistry
  • Human Biology
  • Social Psychology

Term three:

In term three, you will complete your research and demonstrate that they have applied academic theory to the study of a related profession. This is in the form of an extended written project and is supported by a presentation of the report and its findings.


The assessment reflects the skills that you will need at university so will be a combination of individual essay writing, timed essays, research tasks, presentations and group work.  Most units will be graded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  Level Credits
Critical thinking 3 3
Introducing Academis Study Skills 3 6
Reviewing and Planning for Future Study and Work 3 6


Unit title - Sociology Level Credits
Sociology Equal Opportunities 3 3
Sociology: A Classless Society 3 6


Unit title - Psychology Level Credits
Mental Health - Definitions and Treatments 3 3
Socail Psychology 3 6
Extended Independent Academic Study (professional studies) 3 9


  Level Credits
Foundation Biology 3 6
Foundation Chemistry 3 6
Human Biology 3 6