Access to HE Diploma (Nursing) Diploma Specification, Rules of Combination and Approved Units
Qualification Aim Number: 40011732

Rules of Combination and Approved Unit List

Credit Value: 60
Guided Learning Hours: 450-600

Information for centres

How can we deliver this qualification?

You can enquire about becoming an approved centre for delivering Access to HE Diplomas by completing the Centre Approval Enquiry Form.

You can find out more about the delivery of the Access to HE Diploma by reading our Access to HE Brochure and the OCN London Access to HE Diploma Guide.

Information for learners

Is this the right qualification for you?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

The qualification gives you the relevant academic subject knowledge needed for higher education study and the opportunity to develop study skills to help you to succeed. It is well established and widely accepted by universities, qualifying for UCAS tariff points that are comparable to the tariff points for three A levels.

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Nursing. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Midwifery and related Health Studies degrees.

In addition, some colleges offer internal progression to, for example, their Higher National Diplomas in Health and Social Care or Public Health. 

You can find out more about the Access to HE Diploma in our Guide for Learners and Learner Area.

Where can you study this Access to HE Diploma?

Access to HE Diplomas are delivered by OCN London centres including Further Education Colleges, and Adult and Community Education Centres. The following centres are approved to deliver this qualification:

Barking and Dagenham College
Barnet and Southgate College
City of Westminster College
Croydon College
CU Coventry
CU Scarborough
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
HCUC - Harrow
Kingston College
Lambeth College
London South East Colleges - Bexley Campus
London South East Colleges – Greenwich Campus
Richmond upon Thames College
Ruskin College
South Thames College
Stanmore College
West Thames College
Westminster Kingsway College


You can find out more about these centres and the Diplomas that they offer by visiting their pages in our Access to HE Course Directory and by contacting them directly.

If you want to study Nursing at university then the Access to HE Diploma in Health and Human Sciences may also be suitable. Some centres offer a nursing or midwifery pathway with this Diploma, where you will take the units required to meet the entry requirements for a Nursing degree.

You can also study for an Access to HE Diploma in MidwiferyParamedic Science or Radiography.