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Milnthorpe Road Campus

Access to HE

It’s never too late! Our courses are specifically designed for adults aged 19 and over returning to study, either after a break or as part of a career change. They offer a proven and successful route to university study.

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Course Overview

This course offers progression onto higher education degree level courses and a change to your career and prospects. You could progress to courses in nursing (all branches), midwifery, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedic science, social work and occupational therapy, along with many other professions within the Health and Social Care sector. You need to be at least 19 years of age to study on this course.

A student loan is available for those aged 19 and above to cover the cost of tuition fees. If you subsequently progress on to a degree course and successfully complete it, this loan will be written off.

The OCN London Access to HE Diploma programme is designed for adults who want to progress to higher education, degree level courses and higher-level apprenticeships. You will attend college for two days per week, but should also set aside additional time for private study required for background reading, to complete your work and achieve your goal of progressing to HE. Progression to HE will be dependent on the grades you achieve.

Each Access module contributes credits towards the Diploma. The main subject sets that we offer are 'Human Biology' and other health-related Care units including; Nutrition, Biological Chemistry and 'Anatomy and Physiology' units, such as 'The reproduction system' and 'Musculoskeletal'. These have been selected to maximise your chances of progressing onto your desired University course. Within these subjects, there may be some choice of study. You will also learn the study skills required for both this course and your next one.

If you feel that you have studied similar material previously you may claim Accredited Prior Learning (APL) for such study (subject to approval by the awarding body. Our tutors would be happy to advise you about this.

Assessment varies according to each module but is typically written assignments, controlled assessments and presentations.

Entry Requirements

The Access course is designed for adults who want to progress to higher education, degree level courses, but do not have the necessary qualifications. You must be 19+ at the beginning of the course and be able to demonstrate that you are ready for study at this level. It is desirable to have English or Maths GCSE or equivalent. As part of the application process, you will be offered an interview with the course tutor.

Adult returners are particularly welcomed onto this programme.

After Your Course

Nursing (all branches), midwifery, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedic science and occupational therapy. This programme can also lead to Social Work degrees. It is important to check with the university of your choice about eligibility for their courses, and our experienced tutors will be able to advise you with such questions.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.

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