Access to Nursing

Study level: Access courses
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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.

Year of entry



CU Coventry (Coventry)
CU Scarborough (Scarborough)

Study mode



1 year full-time

Course code


Start date

September 2023

The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

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.

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Job ready

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.

Entry requirements

Access courses are designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education, so formal qualifications are not mandatory.  

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

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Fees and Funding

2023/24 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK £3,384 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Funding and Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

  • We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.

    If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.


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:

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

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University 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.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Due to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2023/24 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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 university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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