|Access to HE Diploma (Nursing)
Diploma Specification, Rules of Combination and Approved Units
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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.
It is designed for:
- adults with a current or previous role in care e.g. nursery assistant, care assistant, care worker;
- adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, were unable to participate in or benefit from initial education;
- adults from groups under-represented in higher education;
- adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a nursing related profession.
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:
Academy for International Science and Research
Barking and Dagenham College
Barnet and Southgate College
BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
HCUC - Harrow
London South East Colleges - Bexley Campus
Richmond upon Thames College
South Thames College
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
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 Midwifery, Paramedic Science or Radiography.
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.
OCN London is a leading national Access Validating Agency and Awarding Organisation. We put learner needs at the very heart of our service and certificate thousands of learners who achieve our Access to HE Diplomas every year.