Access to HE - Health and Human Sciences
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Access courses


CU Scarborough (Scarborough)

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The Access to Higher Education courses are designed as a route into higher education for adults who may not have the conventional educational requirements needed. 

Why choose this course?

This diploma is suitable if you are considering a degree requiring a foundation in science. As well as developing essential study skills in preparation for university study, you will complete modules in anatomy and physiology, nutrition and biochemistry.

This programme is also very popular for entry into Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and other science related degrees.

What will I learn?

  • Study Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Human Biology
  • Ethical Issues in Health Care
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Disability and Social Inclusion

Content taught on this course is indicative and is subject to change.

How will this course be taught?

Our Access programmes are year-long daytime courses that aim to give mature students the opportunity to prepare for an undergraduate Honours Degree. The Access course is designed specifically for people who may not have the conventional educational requirements to enter on to a higher education course.

Classes will be taught Monday - Thursday, followed by a 1 hour tutorial. Attendance for the tutorial is optional, but strongly recommended.

Lesson 9.30am - 11.30am
Lunch 11.30am - 12pm
Lesson 12pm - 1.30pm

Duration and delivery

This course is delivered over the course of one year. We have two intakes each year, so you can start at a time that is convenient for you, in September 2021 or November 2021.

What are the facilities?

We have invested £15 million in new, state-of-the-art facilities that will equip students with everything they need to succeed in their studies. CU Scarborough is a fantastic example of an education facility built to meet the needs of students, arranged around an open central atrium, featuring IT suites and lots of individual, group and silent study spaces. Our library stocks essential and recommended readings and over 115,000 eBooks. We have spaces for all the services you need, including careers guidance, student support, a café, prayer rooms and social areas.

Entry requirements

Formal qualifications are not mandatory, instead a Numeracy and Literacy assessment will be needed. An interview will also be required so that our tutors are satisfied that you can benefit from the course and be able to cope with the future requirements of studying in higher education.

All students wishing to gain entry onto the access course should have a level 2 English equivalent certificate at the time of starting the course or should be willing to get one within the access academic year you have joined.

Fees and funding

The fee for 2021-22 is £3,384.

If you're applying for this course and you're over the age of 19 you can apply for funding through Student Finance England via the Advanced Learner Loan (formally the 24+ Advanced Learners Loan).

How to apply

You can apply for this programme by completing our online application form.


Successful completion of the Access to HE Health and Human Sciences course at CU Scarborough could obtain you a place on the following degrees with us:

You could potentially obtain a place on the following degree programmes with us subject to you meeting the additional entry requirements. Please see the subject pages for more information.

This programme is also very popular for entry into Midwifery, Paramedic Science and other science related degrees.

How will I be assessed?

Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: portfolio, presentations and online tests.

Successful completion

In order to achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma, you must achieve 60 credits; 45 at level three and 15 at level two or three. The grades available will be Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Additional information

Students are responsible for making their own arrangements regarding any Level 2 Maths and English qualifications they might need for their progression after this course.

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