Date: Tuesday 1 December 2020

Covid-19 has caused a significant reduction in the number of job vacancies. However, The Skills Network (TSN) analysed 1.5 million job adverts between March and September 2020 and found that there are more than 50,000 nursing vacancies in the UK. The UK government aims to increase nurse numbers by 50,000 over the next 5 years and as a result, the Department of Education announced earlier this year that 3,803 additional places have been approved at UK universities for nursing courses. In December 2019, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that all nursing students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back.

An Access to HE diploma in nursing can be vital for your learners to access the employment opportunities and university places currently available.

Why study an Access to HE Diploma?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in 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. 

  • 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 profession within Nursing.

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, Biological Sciences, Child Nursing, Health and Social Care, Health Promotion and Public Health, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Public Health and a wide range of combined and related degrees.

OCN London works with local universities to develop progression and partnership agreements that benefit all its providers and learners. The following agreements are in place:

Name: Bret Yates

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Nursing 

College: Bexley College 

Years studied: 2015

Current role: Registered Nurse 


Information for centres

How can you 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.



Access to HE Webinar 

If you are interested in finding out more about how to deliver Access to HE diplomas as part of your learner offer, be that as a new Provider – or expanding your offer or wanting to work with OCN London as your AVA then come along to our webinar to find out more.


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