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Pre-Access to Higher Education Certificate (Skills in Health)

University College Birmingham
1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Program description

Pre-Access to Higher Education Certificate (Skills in Health)

Are you interested in the health sector and keen to return to study? Have you been considering courses such as our Access to Higher Education Diploma, but don’t yet meet the entry requirements for Level 3 study? Our Level 2 Pre-Access to Higher Education Certificate is designed to help you progress by developing the learning skills you need and demonstrating you can study for a sustained period at an appropriate level.

This college course features a combination of subjects to improve your study skills and give you a background in areas related to health and social care in order to prepare you for future learning and careers in this field. You will study areas such as diet and nutrition, human health and disease, psychology and sociology, as well as note taking, essay writing and plagiarism. There may also be the opportunity to study GCSE English Language/maths or Functional Skills English and maths alongside your Level 2 course.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must have at least three years’ life experience outside of formal education gained since completing formal education. Experience does not need to be in a subject-related field. 

Academic Requirements:

  • A minimum of GCSE English Language and maths at grade 3 (grade D) or Functional Skills Level 1, or achieve a Level 1 in the BKSB assessments at interview.

Supporting Documents Required:

  • Applicants will also be required to submit a reference from a previous or current employment role. 

Additional Information

There may be the opportunity to study GCSE English Language/maths or Functional Skills English and maths alongside the course as part of your studies.

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Program content

Topics you will study

  • Barriers to Health
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Health Promotion in Care Settings
  • Human Health and Disease
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Introduction to Health Studies
  • Essay Writing
  • Note Taking
  • Plagiarism

Teaching and assessment

Learning will be assessed through a variety of methods to prepare you for study at university – these may include essays, report writing, online assessment and presentations. You must achieve 25 credits at Level 2.

In order to successfully complete the Level 2 Pre-Access to Higher Education Certificate (Skills in Health), you must achieve a total of 25 credits through studying a variety of units and subjects.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration : 1 year (3-4 days per week)
  • Course Start : September (2021)

Tuition fees

Course fee for the course Level 2 - £ 632


By completing the Pre-Access to Higher Education Certificate, you will be able to progress onto a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma (as long as you meet the remaining entry requirements). This will open a wide range of possible future study and career options for you, including childhood studies, nursing and midwifery, paramedic practice, public health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work or psychology. (Please note many of these career pathways do also require GCSE English, maths and – in some cases – science at grade 4/C or above.)

Career opportunities

This qualification supports individuals to develop essential and transferable skills that will help them progress to, and succeed in, further vocational learning, including Access to Higher Education Diplomas in Health. It gives learners a real grounding and foundations to build upon for their future studies and careers in the health sector.

Progression and career opportunities

This course is designed to enable your progression onto higher levels of study, such as our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health), which in turn will enable you to move into degree-level education.

With further study, possible future career options open to you include:

  • Paramedic - Average Salary: £25,794
  • Adult nurse - Average Salary: £33,834
  • Social worker - Average Salary: £29,624
  • Learning disability nurse - Average Salary: £24,905
  • Midwife - Average Salary: £28,803
  • Mental health nurse - Average Salary: £24,907

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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It’s crucial you pick a place that feels right for you – and where you will be happy. It needs to be a university that will help you achieve your goals; a place you can trust.

So why choose University College Birmingham? Where shall we begin…?

The first thing you need to know is that UCB is a compact, specialist institution in the heart of England’s biggest regional city. Birmingham has the buzz of a major city without the inflated London price tag.

The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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