What is this course about?
Preparation for study at Higher Education level in the fields of health and social care. Primarily vocational courses leading to employment in related fields eg nursing, midwifery, social work, radiography etc. Students may also apply to other general degree courses such as criminology with psychology, sociology or health studies. This course expects a lot from you and you will have to develop a lot of skills in a short time. It is challenging and intense but the majority of our students do progress to university.
What will I study?
The access course course is for people interested in careers such as nursing, health studies, social work, occupational therapy, medical radiography and speech therapy. You study core skills units: study skills, maths, IT, tutorial and professional development, plus other specialised units relevant to your chosen pathway. You prepare for diploma or degree level study and there is plenty of support to help you apply for the next stage. The course aims to develop language, study skills and team work through the study of the above subjects. Assessment is based on both home and in-class assignments.
Limited language and/or maths support are available for selected students.
Students are expected to study at least 15 hours a week at home as well as time in class.
HEALTH STUDIES, NURSING AND MIDWIFERY PATHWAY- Core skills units: plus units in: Biology. The course is designed for students who want a career in the Health Services, such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, etc., but who do not yet have the academic entry qualifications.
MEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY PATHWAY- Core skills units plus units in: biology and physics. The physics is studied at City University in liaison with affiliated hospitals. This will involve visits to Radiography and Radiotherapy Departments.
SOCIAL WORK PATHWAY- Core skills units plus units in Social Work Provision and Practice and Social Policy. During this course the skills needed for social work and teamwork are stressed.
What can I do after the course?
You can apply to any school of nursing/midwifery or follow a degree course in health studies, radiography, social work, speech therapy or occupational therapy.