Access to Higher Education – Health & Social Care

Enrolling now for September 2021!

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.

Photo of Jane Challinor, Principal Lecturer. School of Social Sciences

The Covid-19 pandemic has inspired thousands of people to pursue careers in the health and social care sector, and Nottingham Trent University is delighted to be working in partnership with
Inspire Learning on their Access to Health and Social Care course, providing a pathway for some students to our BA (Hons) Health and Social Care degree course in the future.

Jane Challinor, MA SFHEA, Principal Lecturer and Programme Manager, Health and Social Care, Nottingham Trent University.


  • 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 will be taught online so you can join from the convenience and comfort of your own home. The next course will start on 20 September 2021 and finish on 10 June 2022. 

The course runs 2 days per week, from 9.30am to 2.30pm on either a Monday and Tuesday (Beeston group), or Wednesday and Thursday (Mansfield group).  

If you do not already have a GCSE or equivalent at grade C/4 or above, you will spend an additional day studying towards Functional Skills in Maths and English.  Beeston group Functional Skills studies will be Wednesdays, and Mansfield group Functional Skills studies will be Tuesdays.

Functional Skills exams will be taken at Beeston Library or Mansfield Central Library. 

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 years 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 the website.

For more information and to enrol


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