Access to Nursing
Full qualification title

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Science Professions)

Learning Aim Reference
No. of Credits
60 Credits at Level 3 (15 Ungraded & 45 Graded)
Course fee
£1236 (includes £135 registration fees)
Payment options
Pay in full upfront (£50 Discount available) | Monthly Installments (from £103 per month)
UCAS Tariff Points
Maximum 144 points depending on grades
12 months, flexible study (typically takes 8 months, but you can work at your own pace to complete in a time that suits you) Extension option available
Course start date
This course can be started at any time of the year
A nurse cares for a patient

A summary of the course

  • Change your career towards Nursing
  • Fully online, distance learning
  • Flexible study from home or any location you prefer
  • Supportive learning with tutor assistance
  • A direct route for meeting university entry specifications in Nursing
  • Choose a payment plan to suit your financial requirements
  • 24/7 access to interactive educational materials
  • Learn in your own time, without exams and no set classes
  • Detailed UCAS application support, including an academic reference
  • Top rated course: 4.9/5.0 rating on Trustpilot

About Your Diploma

If pursuing a career in nursing has been your goal but you've do not have the right qualifications, or if you are considering a career change, our Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing at Academy Online Learning is your ideal starting point. Perfect for those looking to enter the nursing field or advance within healthcare, this course is typically completed within 8-10 months due to its flexible nature, although the course has a one-year completion timeline.


Excellent Preparation for Nursing at University

This diploma is instrumental for those planning to study Nursing at the university level. Recognised by universities throughout the UK for its comprehensive approach, it prepares you for various nursing specialisations. The course includes key topics such as Healthcare Communication, Research Skills, and Genetic Inheritance, equipping you with essential knowledge and study skills for university success. With an Individual Learning Plan, you're able to manage your assignment deadlines efficiently, ensuring continuous progress.


Getting Started with Academy Online Learning

Academy Online Learning, a leading provider in online education across the UK, offers this Level 3 diploma, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Our fully online course is designed for flexibility, enabling you to balance your academic and personal life effectively.


Stay On Top of Your Learning

Control your educational journey with our flexible online course, which allows for learning without having to travel to a college or attend online classes at set times. Begin whenever suits you, advance at your pace through interactive materials, and when assistance is needed, you can rely on your personal tutor for support via phone or videoconference tutorials. All our tutors are highly qualified, experienced educators specialised in their fields.

While Maths and English qualifications are not prerequisites for the diploma, universities often require them at a minimum of Grade 4/C. These subjects can be studied alongside your diploma through our fully online Functional Skills courses (including the exams) or GCSE options.


Ensure your qualifications align with the entry requirements of your chosen university before enrolling.

For more details about careers in Nursing, click here.

We also offer extensive support with your UCAS applications, including providing an academic reference.


Since September 2020, nursing students are eligible for non-repayable funding support ranging from £5,000 to £8,000 per year, in addition to access to tuition and maintenance loans.

>>>Explore University Funding Options for Nursing Students>>>

Social science units on this course (Graded)

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Payment Options

The cost of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professions) is £1236, and can be paid in monthly instalments from £103 per month over 12 months with 0% interest. Or discounted price at £1186 (£50 saving) when paid in full upfront.

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Monthly Payment
Cost/ Month
Pay in full
Pay in full
£1236: £1186
12 Months
11 Months
10 Months
9 Months
8 Months
7 Months
6 Months

* Includes £135 registration fee and certification with our awarding organisation, Skills and Education Access Group

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Units on this course (Ungraded)

Get into university with an Access to Higher Education Diploma

This gives you an opportunity to shine when you are invited for an interview at the university. You...

Academic Writing Skills

This can be awarded against a level 3 essay. In essay preparation, you will be expected to research...

How does society affect health

There are many diseases and consequently many causes of diseases. Identifying the prevalence of...

Research Skills
Correlations, Experiments, Observations, Case Studies Questionnaires and Surveys. Develop your own piece of research in a standard report format.
Information Literacy

Information Literacy Skills help learners to understand the range and quality of available resources...

Social science units on this course (Graded)

Are the brain and behaviour linked?

This involves the localisation and function of the brain. The different methods of investigating the...

Health units on this course (Graded)

Diagnosis and management of physiological disorders

There are a range of physiological disorders identified here in this unit. You will be made aware of...

A female health professional wearing a mask

This unit relates to communication between health care professionals and clients. Here you will be...

Biology units on this course (Graded)

Jars of urine
Human Urinary System (3 Credits)

This unit looks at homeostasis and the kidney as a homeostatic organ. You will be researching the

Body Structure and Function
Body Structure and Function (9 Credits)

(cannot combine with: Cell Differentiation and Tissues; DNA and Protein Synthesis; Human circulation

Musculoskeletal System
Musculoskeletal System (3 Credits)

The skeletal system is the primary focus of attention in this unit where you will be given the

Human Sex and Reproduction (3 Credits)

This unit covers the structure and function of the male and female reproductive system. There is a

Genetic Inheritance
Genetic Inheritance (3 Credits)

This addresses the understanding of genetic inheritance including simple Mendelian crosses where you

Fruit and vegetables
Nutrition and Digestion (3 Credits)

Here you will be given the opportunity to explore the components and function of a balanced diet

Endocrine system hormones
Endocrine System (3 Credits)

The main theme in this unit is to develop an understanding of the hormone system and the endocrine

Non infectious disease
Non-Infectious Disease (3 Credits)

The topical area for this unit considers the nature of a range of non-infectious diseases including

  Our Access to Higher Education diplomas offer: No need to pay for extras or upgrades - it is ALL included!
Self-paced online learning with 1:1 tutor support
Access your course materials immediately
Study anywhere - anytime
Face to face tutorials on demand, scheduled when you need them
One-to-one tutor support via state of the art video conference suite, email or by phone
Study around your work and home life commitments
Work at your own pace and complete within 8-12 months
Tailored individual learning plan to achieve success
Benefit from subject specialist tutors
Access to our online material written and developed by leading professionals in the industry
Interact with your tutor via our easy to use messaging service
Network with like-minded students via student messaging group
Access to your course 24/7
Tailor the course to fit your needs*
UCAS Application support to help with your personal statement
UCAS final check before submission


*Some university courses will want to see specific units - plan what is required and we will mix and match key units

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Great course, learnt so much. Felt supported throughout from different Tutors. Massive help with UCAS application.
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Rachel Cawthorne AOLL Student
Very trusting company, everyone responds promptly. All tutors were very helpful, especially Steve, Alison and Amy. Thank you for all your help!
Date of experience: 02 March 2024
Megan Andrew ELCAS Student
The access to the course was easy and simple to use the virtual learning area. The tutors where on hand with messages and if needs be phone calls. I enjoyed the course and it was good that the course could be paused as I needed as life changed and things made it that I couldn’t continue the course at times. This is very useful being military expecially when deployments come around the course can be paused until the end of the deployment.
Date of experience: 10 October 2023