Lambeth College - Level 3 Access to HE Diploma: Health & Human Science (OCN) (Adult)
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Is this the course for you?

Are you already working in a health or human science-based role and are looking to up-skill? Do you have past-experience of the health sector and would like to return to education? Are you looking to increase your specialisation or change your study direction? Would you like to advance to Higher Education but are worried that your lack of qualifications is a barrier? If you answered yes to any of those questions, and are aged 19 or over, then we have the perfect course to help you achieve your goals.

This Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in Health & Human Science is a one-year qualification designed to give you a direct route into Higher Education. Whether that be to study for a Bachelors Degree, or Higher National Diploma, in a health-related subject.

The Department of Health and Social Care announced that funding of at least £5000 will be given to 'all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020'. This course will give you the opportuntiy to progress onto degree-level courses that benefit from the guaranteed, additional support pledged by the Government.

On this course you will develop your knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of health and human science-related industries. You will study a number of topics essential to a career in this sector, including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, nutrition, and you will gain applied knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology.

Most of your sessions will take place in our well-equipped science laboratories, where you will be able to improve your practical skills using industry-standard equipment and materials, under the supervision of experienced subject-specialist teachers.

These same specialists will also teach you the theory and principles behind your practical work. In addition to this, you will be required to spend at least 15 hours a week in independent study.

More than just industry-specific learning, the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma will also teach you educational skills and study tools, in order to further prepare you for, and succeed in, exam situations.

Note: For this course you will need A Level books in chemistry and biology, a lab coat, stationary, scientific calculator, ruler, access to a computer and the internet.

If you would like more information about this course you can visit the OCNLR website at

What modules will you do?

You will study a mix of health-related topics and general study skills. These could include:

  • Essay writing
  • Arithmetic skills for health studies
  • Finding and reading information
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Nutrition

What do you need to apply?

  • 4 GCSE qualifications at grades A*-C or 9-4, including English Language and maths
  • Level 2 vocational qualification, and Level 2 English and maths qualifications
  • Or proven industry experience.

Additional information:

You will need both GCSE English and maths at Grade C or 4 or above, or equivalent Level 2 Functional skills in both subjects.

International students: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) and equivalent overseas qualifications.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of practical assessments, coursework, project work, and examinations.

Where can this course take you?

After successfully passing the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in Health & Human Science, you may wish to consider furthering your training with one of the following undergraduate programmes, available at London South Bank University (additional qualifications may be required):

  • Adult Nursing BSc (Hons)
  • District Nursing BSc (Hons)
  • Midwifery BSc (Hons)
  • Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)
  • Sports and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Coaching and Analysis BSc (Hons)
  • Sport Rehabilitation BSc (Hons)

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