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This one-year course is designed for adults aged 19+ who wish to enter university to study for a health professional degree, but who do not have the minimum academic requirements normally needed for university entrance. It is suitable for those wishing to enter Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Paramedical Science, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and other allied health professional courses.
You will need GCSEs in English Grade A-C, Maths Grade A-C and preferably a Science at grades A-C, plus the appropriate skills and qualities to cope with the demands of the course. Applicants will be assessed through written application, interview and diagnostic testing (literacy and numeracy), with educational and life experiences also taken into account. It is important that you have a clear career-path planned out in a health-related profession.
To achieve the Diploma, students must complete 60 credits, of which 45 must be at graded Level 3 and 15 at ungraded Study Skills.
Subjects to be studied include: Biological Science, Psychology, Sociology, Health Studies and Study Skills.
Assessment will take the form of a variety of assignments. A grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is awarded for each unit taken at Level 3, whilst Level 2 units are not graded.
Students will be aiming to go to university to study for a degree in subjects such as Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Midwifery, Mental Health Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Health Studies, Paramedical Science, Biomedical Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and other allied courses. The course will also provide the theory needed for employment in the Health and Social Care sector.