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About the course

This course is for those who do not have the relevant experience or qualifications to progress to university. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a career in Health and Social Care. You will learn and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge required for working the Health and Care field. Many of our former students are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives they never thought possible.


1 year

Entry requirements

Level 2 English and/or Maths.

We will consider exceptions to this requirement, subject to any other qualifications or evidence of the required competencies.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone who is looking to pursue a career in the Health and Care sector, including Social Worker, Youth Worker, Counsellor, Midwife, Nursing and the Psychotherapy field.

The knowledge and skills gained through this Access course are transferrable to any job, and would be particularly useful for some jobs in the health and care sector.

Please note: there is no upper age limit for this course.

How much does it cost?


If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Why study?

By developing a portfolio of work you will continuously develop your skills without the pressure of end-of-year exams. You will be challenged to consider new perspectives throughout the course, and also encouraged to reflect on your own personal experience within a theoretical framework. The skills learnt are transferable to any job but are particularly useful in the Health and Social Care sector.

The advantages of studying this course at Harlow College are its close links with the Health and Care sector.

Where will this course take me?

Many of our learners progress onto higher education at university on a variety of courses, as well as going on to employment or other training and development.

How will I be assessed?

Assessed through essays, exams, presentations and reflective journals, all which comprise the contents of the Access Diploma Portfolio.

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need basic equipment such as pens, paper and a USB memory stick.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
Ask Us a question about this course

Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.