Access to Higher Education – Health & Social Care

Enrolling now for October 2020!

View our NEW Access to Higher Education brochure below. 

Want to go to University but don’t have the qualifications you need? Inspire Learning can help! 

Our 19+ Access course in Health and Social Care is a fantastic stepping stone for you if you don’t have the qualifications you need to get into university, or you’ve been out of formal education for some time.

PLUS! You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan  - your course will be free with no loan repayments if you progress to and complete a University course.

  • No GCSEs needed - we'll help you to work towards Functional Skills in Maths and English.
  • Financial support available through an Advanced Learner Loan, which we will help you apply for.
  • We also have strong links with local universities, and can offer a pathway for some students to Nottingham Trent University.

About the course

Our Access to HE course in Health and Social Care is for you if you're considering a career in nursing, social work or occupational therapy, and you don't yet have the qualifications you need for university.

The course is made up of various modules designed to prepare you for the demands of higher level study. You'll be taught in a mature environment on a blended learning basis with experienced tutors who will support you every step of the way.

Our current pass rate is 100% and our partners at Nottingham Trent University will be able to offer some students a pathway to Higher Education studies.

Nottingham Trent are delighted to be working in partnership with
Inspire on the development of the new Access to Health and Social Care course.
We look forward to welcoming some of you onto our BA (Hons) Health and Social
Care degree course in the future. 

Jane Challinor, Principal Lecturer. School of Social Sciences


You must be at least 19 years of age to enrol.

You must be working at Level 2 (employed or unemployed).

No formal qualifications are required as we will support you to achieve further qualifications in both maths and English.

All applicants will be required to attend an interview and complete diagnostic assessments in maths and English.

How long will it take?

This is a full time programme for one academic year. 

Our courses start w/c 5 October 2020 and will be taught on a blended learning basis, which means you'll have some face to face sessions, and also online sessions in the comfort of your own home. 

The course runs 2 days per week with an additional day studying towards Functional Skills in Maths and English for students who don't already have a GCSE or equivalent at grade C/4 or above. 

Courses available:

Beeston Library or online - Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.30am - 2.30pm. Wednesdays, 9.30am - 4pm (Functional Skills studies).

Mansfield Central Library or online - Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am - 2.30pm. Tuesdays, 9.30am - 4pm (Functional Skills studies).

Progression opportunities

This course can lead to a variety of employment and HE opportunities across vocations such as nursing, social work, occupational therapies, teaching, psychology or counselling.

You will receive impartial information, advice and guidance throughout the course.

Advanced Learner Loans

The cost of this course is £2850, however Advanced Learner Loans are available to cover this cost.

Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help you study for qualifications and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE diplomas.

You won’t even have to pay the loan back if you successfully go on to complete a HE qualification at University.

It’s easy to apply!

To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information visit:

For more information and to enrol


Tel: 01623 476 830

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