Access to Nursing
CU Coventry (Coventry)
CU Scarborough (Scarborough)
1 year full-time
Study level: Access courses
The Access to Nursing course is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to start your journey to a rewarding career in nursing upon graduation. In addition to practical skills and knowledge relevant to the profession, you will also have the opportunity to learn about the six core values required to provide high quality care: compassion, care, courage, communication, commitment and competence. Nursing is a very varied role and you will have the chance to gain an understanding of the different specialisms such as Adult Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Children and Young People’s Nursing and Mental Health Nursing, and the range of settings in which nurses work.
We are passionate about the difference high-quality nursing care can make to the quality of people’s lives. We want to inspire you and help you on your journey to explore your potential future career options. We want to enable you to become an outstanding nurse following successful completion of a nursing undergraduate degree, one who can provide the care and support people need, often at a very difficult time in their lives. Access courses are designed for people who are returning to education having not formally studied for some time. You will be supported to develop study skills and habits which should enable you to successfully study nursing courses at undergraduate level*
Coventry University is ranked No1 in the Midlands for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide 2021.
*Please note that you can apply for undergraduate degree opportunities following successful completion of this course and such opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional fees apply.
Why CU Scarborough
We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.
What you'll study
You will study basic human anatomy and biology which aims to help you to gain an understanding of how the human body works, both when healthy and during illness. The course has been designed with support from tutors on Coventry University’s nursing courses, with the focus on providing you with the opportunity to gain the foundation knowledge required to successfully study an undergraduate nursing degree*.
You will also examine the factors that impact on health, including economic, political and technological factors, and how the focus of healthcare provision has changed from treatment to also incorporating prevention of ill-health.
You will explore the challenges faced by disadvantaged groups in accessing healthcare, the importance of mental as well as physical health and ensuring equality in healthcare provision.
Throughout the course you should develop the ability to study independently, ask probing questions and analyse information from different sources and perspectives. You will explore how to search for information, assess the quality and legitimacy of information from various sources and develop your ability to work individually and collectively to produce academic work. All of these skills aim to enhance your ability to study at degree level.
Human Tissues & Systems
Within this module you will explore the difference between cells, tissues, organs and systems. Following this you will also have the opportunity to learn the structure and function of human tissue, and the human system.
Within this module you will examine the structure and function of the heart and the conduction pathway and cardiac cycle. You will also consider the structure and function of arteries, veins and capillaries and how they work together to form circulatory system.
Arithmetic skills for Health Studies
Successful completion of this module will allow you to develop and perform calculations with integers, decimals and fractions. Following this you should also develop an understanding measures using common units. You will also have the chance to develop an understanding and the use of percentages, and decide what level of precision is appropriate to an answer.
Disability & Social Inclusion
After successfully completing this module you will be able to understand the nature and extent of disabilities within society. You will also study the issues relating to the provision of funding for people with disabilities. Finally you will have the chance to develop an understanding legislation relating to issues of disability and social inclusion.
Mental Health & Illness
Successful completion of this module will enable you to gain an understanding of defining normal and abnormal behaviour. You will also have the opportunity to understand the different psychological explanations for a range of mental health illnesses, along with the chance to gain further knowledge and understanding of the different approaches for treating a range of mental health illnesses.
The Role of the health or Social Care Professional
The objective of this module is to enable you to develop an understanding of the role of the health and social care professional, and the professional qualities and values that are needed by a health and social care professional.
The module aims to enable you to develop the skills needed to plan and structure an essay. You should also develop the skills to write in an appropriate academic style and be able to develop the convention for acknowledging a range of sources.
Reading and comprehension of text
This module will allow you to explore a variety of texts and the purpose of the range of these texts. You will also examine how authors use forms and styles to achieve their purpose.
Writing Standard English
This module will allow you to develop your use of grammar in standard English, along with the opportunity to develop your understanding of appropriate punctuation in accordance with the rules of standard English. This module also aims to help you to develop your understanding of the use of paragraphs within your essays and the use of syntax.
Transport and Respiration
You will explore the major components and functions of blood in the human body, and should gain an understanding of the function and structure of the heart and the role it plays in circulation. This module will also allow you to study the structure and function of the arteries, veins and capillaries and the role they play in transport. Finally this module will allow you to examine the structure and function of the respiratory system and the transport of respiratory gases.
Anatomy and Physiology
You will study the structure and function of cells and the structure and key functions of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory and nervous system, along with how each of these system work together and the key responses each system has in relation to performing physical activity.
Disease and Immunity
Successful completion of this module will allow you to develop your understanding of pathogens and how they can cause disease. You will also gain an understanding of a variety of disease types. You should gain insight knowledge into the defence functions of the blood and understand what meant by the term immunity.
Health and Wellbeing
Throughout this module you will have the chance to further develop your knowledge around the benefits of healthy eating on a person’s health and wellbeing. This module will also allow you the opportunity to gain an understanding the impact that a person’s lifestyle can have on a person’s health and wellbeing, and how we can support people’s health and wellbeing.
This module gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your extensive subject specific knowledge in a specific area of your choice. You should be able to a construct an argument in an extended piece of work. Finally you will be encouraged to present your work in a form consistent with the conventions of the specific subject that includes an appropriate form of academic citations.
How you'll learn
This course has been specifically designed to enable you, upon successful completion, to acquire the foundation skills and knowledge required for your potential future career options in nursing and provide you with the potential to apply for a nursing undergraduate degree-level course at Coventry University (subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional fees may apply).
The course has been developed with the support of lecturers on the nursing degree programmes at Coventry University who have an excellent understanding of the competencies required to begin a nursing degree. This course aims to offer you:
- An understanding of the various nursing specialisms.
- Support and guidance in preparing your application for nursing degrees is available
- Guaranteed interview for nursing courses at Coventry University on successful completion of this course.
The course is usually taught Monday to Thursday from 9.30am – 1.30pm (times and days are subject to change). Teaching consists of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
Lesson 9.30am - 11.30am
Lunch 11.30am - 12pm
Lesson 12pm - 1.30pm
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods can include assessments, presentations, coursework, or examinations. There will also be practical assessments of nursing skills.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
On successful completion of this course, you will obtain an Access to Higher Education Diploma, which allows you to apply for several relevant degree programmes within the Coventry University Group and other universities*. You will have knowledge of a range of health and social science related topics that can help you start your degree programme*. You will have also gained a range of study skills that will be useful throughout your studies and future career, including research, referencing and the correct style of academic writing.
CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form Coventry University College Limited, a Subsidiary Company of Coventry University and a part of the Coventry University Group with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.
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We’ve spent £14 million on a brand new campus building. It’s a purpose-built, state of-the-art development that is one of the most modern facilities in the UK.
It includes a library, IT suites, mock law court, engineering and science labs, cafe and lots of individual and group study spaces. Next to us is Scarborough’s new leisure village. The complex includes an Olympic legacy swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, all weather pitches and the new Scarborough Athletic football ground.
Careers and opportunities
On Successful completion of the Access to Nursing course you can apply for a place on a number of degree programmes including:
- Adult Nursing (at Coventry University or CU Scarborough)
- Children and Young People’s Nursing (at Coventry University)
- Learning Disabilities Nursing (at Coventry University or CU Scarborough)
- Mental Health Nursing (at Coventry University or CU Scarborough)
- Nursing Associate (at Coventry University or CU Scarborough)
Although progression to the above courses is not guaranteed, all students successfully completing the Access to Nursing course will be guaranteed an interview for the above courses at Coventry University.
Please note that degree programme opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional fees may apply.
Where our graduates work
Our graduates are employed in acute care organisations, community care settings and within general practice and social care.
How to apply
For our Access courses, you will need to apply to CU directly. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
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By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the CU Group. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the CU Group will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at CU Coventry.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.
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Placements and study abroad opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas.