Access to Higher Education – Health & Social Care

View our 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 to Higher Education 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.

Coming in September 2022 - Access to HE Teaching! Contact us to find out more.

  • No GCSEs needed - we'll help you to work towards Functional Skills in Maths and English.
  • Financial support available through an Advanced Learner Loan - we help you apply.
  • 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 Higher Education 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.

This is a full-time programme for one academic year. 

Our course is taught online, so you can join from the convenience and comfort of your own home.

The course starts 21 September 2022 and will run every Wednesday, 9:30am - 2:30pm with an additional study day if you do not already have a GCSE or equivalent at grade C/4 or above. You will spend your additional study day working towards Functional Skills in maths and/or English.  

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

This course can lead to a variety of employment and Higher Education 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.

The cost of this course is free/£2850. Flexible payment options or help through an Advanced Learner Loan are available.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government scheme to help you study for qualifications and develop high level skills and knowledge. Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks. 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 Higher Education diplomas.

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

It’s easy to apply!

To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information visit the website.

For advice about flexible payment options please get in touch with us. Email: or call: 0115 804 3611.

For more information and to enrol


Phone: 0115 804 3611

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