Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pre Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: RV101
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Study mode: Part Time

Degrees in nursing, midwifery and other health-related disciplines are some of the most competitive, and universities are increasingly offering places only to those with the highest grade profiles. 

Blackburn College offers you the chance to fully prepare for the demands of the Access to Higher Education Diploma with our Access to Higher Education Pre-Diploma. 

What will I study?

Over the twelve weeks of the Pre-Diploma, you'll study introductory units in Sociology, Psychology and Study Skills.  You'll learn essential skills such as essay writing, planning, research skills and how to take and make notes. 

Completing this programme has been shown to significantly improve your grade profile on the Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma. 

You will study the following units:

  • Level 2 Study Skills
  • Level 2 Sociology
  • Level 2 Criminology
  • Level 2 Psychology


Entry Requirements

You need to meet the entry criteria for the Access to HE Diploma to be accepted on to this Pre-Diploma course.  If you want to know more about entry criteria, or to check what you need to do if you don't currently have the qualifications needed, please call our Course Advice Team on 01254 292929.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed by coursework and examinations throughout the course. 

What can I do next?

Successful completion of the Pre-Diploma gives you GUARANTEED place on any of the following Diploma courses: 

  • Access to Nursing
  • Access to Mental Health Nursing
  • Access to Social Sciences

... or, you can progress straight on to one of our Lancaster University degrees with Foundation Entry.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Adult Nurse

If you enjoy caring for people and you are looking for a varied job, this could be an ideal career for you. Adult nurses care for people over 18 who are ill, injured, or have physical disabilities.

To work as an adult nurse, you need to complete an approved course. For this you will need proof of English and maths skills, good health and a good character.

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Children's Nurse

If you enjoy helping and caring for children, this job could be ideal for you. A children's nurse provides care for children and young people with a wide range of conditions.

As a children's nurse, you will need to have the ability to comfort, reassure and gain the trust of patients. You’ll need excellent communication and listening skills. You’ll also need the authority and confidence to deal with children or parents in stressful circumstances.

To work as a children's nurse, you will need a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree. You must also agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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District Nurse

As a district nurse, you would care for people in a variety of non-hospital settings. These could include patients' homes, GP surgeries and residential care homes. If you like variety and enjoy working at different locations, this nursing role could be perfect for you.

To be a district nurse you will need to be able to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds. You will need to be a good talker and listener. You’ll also need patience and understanding.

You will usually need between one and two years' professional experience as a qualified adult nurse before you can begin training as a district nurse. To qualify as a nurse you will need a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree.

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Probation Officer

If you want a fulfilling job that could help change people's lives for the better, this job could be ideal for you. Probation officers supervise people serving community and prison sentences. They also help with their rehabilitation after release.

To qualify, you would start out as a probation services officer, then train for a degree or postgraduate award in Community Justice and the Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.

To be a probation officer, you will need to be able to get on with a wide range of people and have a fair-minded approach. You will also need to stay calm under pressure and be able to handle challenging behaviour.

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Social Work Assistant

If you want to help and support people in the community, this could be a great job for you. Social work assistants help qualified social workers. The clients you work with could be in the community, in hospitals and in other settings such as residential care homes.

Employers will usually consider experience to be more important than your qualifications. They may ask for a good standard of general secondary education. To be a social worker’s assistant you will need a practical and flexible approach to work. You will also need to be patient and understanding.

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Social Worker

If you want to make a positive difference in the community, a career as a social worker could be a perfect choice for you. To become a social worker you will need to study a three-year undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate degree in social work that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). As a qualified social worker your job will be to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to gain their trust, in order to help them. Often you’ll be put in situations where your tact, patience and understanding will be needed and you’ll need to assess and cope with these situations in a sensitive and non-judgemental way.?

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As a midwife you would care for and support pregnant women and their babies, before, during and after childbirth. If you would like taking care of the mother's welfare, and the responsibility of helping to bring babies into the world, this could be the perfect career for you.

To qualify as a registered midwife you need to complete a degree in midwifery. You will also need to agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Courses take at least three years to complete.

To be a midwife you need excellent communication and 'people' skills. You need the ability to inspire trust and confidence. And you will also need a calm manner to deal with stressful situations.

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