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Preparation for Access to Higher Education (Health Professions) Level 2 Certificate

This is an intense course aimed at mature students (19+) and designed for those considering a career in the health, science or care sector in need of a progression pathway to university. It would also benefit those working within the sector to support their progression to a university degree. On successful completion you will be guaranteed a place on the Access to Higher Education courses providing that you complete the whole course and achieve English at Level 2 and maths at Level 1 or above.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry criteria however you will need to already have either a level 1 in maths and English or be working at that level. You will be invited to attend an interview where you will need to sit a maths and English test. Also you will need to have researched the type of career you would like to work towards, and discuss this at an information session where you have the opportunity to meet the staff. You will also need to be able to use IT to word process your work and be able to save and manage your files. You may wish to sign up for IT course at our Learning Centre before starting the course.

Course content

You will study:

Understanding Working in the Health Sector Level 2 Certificate, covering:

  • Understanding the role of the healthcare worker
  • Communication skills for working in the health sector
  • People and personal development in the health sector
  • Health, safety and security in the health sector
  • Understanding quality standards in the health sector
  • Equality and diversity in the health sector

Employability Skills Level 2 Certificate, covering:

  • Mindset
  • Target setting
  • Time Management
  • ICT for Employment
  • Interview Skills
  • Project Management


  • Functional Skills English Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2

Assessment methods

You will be expected to create a portfolio of evidence based upon:

  • worksheets
  • assignments/projects/reports
  • record of professional discussion
  • record of oral and written questioning
  • candidate and peer reports

Further study and career options

Guaranteed progression on to Access to Nursing and Healthcare Professions, Social Science, Psychology and Combined Science. For those wishing to do the Access to Computing, Business, Music and Media, courses will be able to apply for this preparation course but will not need to study the 'Understanding Working in the Health Sector Level 2 Certificate'.

The qualification can also support progression to employment for the following job roles:

  • support worker (supported living)
  • healthcare support service worker
  • clinical healthcare support worker
  • healthcare assistant
  • mental health support worker
  • mental health outreach worker
  • substance misuse worker
  • health education/promotion worker
  • non-clinical roles within healthcare - such as reception staff, porters, drivers etc.
Additional information

This is a part-time course two days per week for 32 weeks. Your reasons for applying should be added to your application which will be checked and you will be invited to attend an interview where you will need to undertake a maths and English assessment. You will need to pay a £30 resources fee to enrol on the course.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please contact our Student Recruitment Team on 01234 291000 for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 14/09/2020 Wed, Thu 9.00 am - 5.00 pm £250 Cauldwell Street BBE190

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.