Access to HE Health & Human Sciences (Physiotherapy)

Get the knowledge and skills necessary to progress on to Higher Education degree courses including physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, sports science, sports rehabilitation, podiatry, physiology and midwifery.

Access courses are designed to enable people aged 19+ to gain a qualification which is accepted by universities as an alternative to A Levels. Access courses are delivered over one year as opposed to the two years required for A Levels. They are ideal for anyone who left school without formal Level 3 qualifications, or for people who wish to change career without having to do two years of A levels.

Course Content

An Access to HE Diploma in Health and Human Sciences could be your first step towards a career in areas related to health care or health science. This programme provides a thorough grounding in scientific principles in preparation for study in the areas of health care or health science. All students will take units in study skills, biology, chemistry and the role of the health or social care professional.
Your course will include:

Study Skills: including Essay Writing, Writing Standard English, Finding and Reading Information, Speaking and Listening Skills, Arithmetic Skills for Health Studies, Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

Chemistry: Patterns in Chemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Biological Molecules and Enzymes, Introduction to Nutrition

Health Care: The Role of the Health or Social Care Professional

Biology: Cells, Human Tissues and Systems, The Blood, The Cardiovascular System, The Reproductive System, The Endocrine System, The Musculo-skeletal System, Sports Injuries

Your Access course will be very enjoyable, but also requires real dedication and commitment if you are going to succeed. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all learners. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time. We recommend that you all ow a minimum of 15 hours per week outside of class time for personal study. We endeavour to prepare students for the demands of a University degree course in just nine short months. It is therefore essential that you think about how you are going to balance work, family and social life with your studies. Assessment of the Access to HE diploma is by coursework completed throughout the year. You will be expected to do regular reading and written work in addition to your attendance in classes. Applicants for many degrees in the health professions will sit entry tests in English and Maths at the university, as well as attend a group or individual interview. Applicants are expected to show a high degree of verbal and written communication skills. For those interested in health profession degrees work experience in a relevant health or care setting is normally an essential entry requirement (either through paid employment or voluntary work).

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

For your application to be considered you must be 18 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date

In order to enrol on this course, you will have to complete a successful interview. If you wish to go on to study at degree level, most universities require a GCSE English & Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Some universities also require a GCSE in Science. Please check with your preferred university or discuss with us at interview.

You should have a minimum of GCSE English Language grade C/4 or Functional Skills English Level 2 and either GCSE Maths grade C/4 or Functional Skills Maths Level 2. If you have overseas qualifications, please check with your universities if they require you to have UK GCSEs or Functional Skills or IELTS. For this course you should have IELTS 5.5 as a minimum.

If you wish to study nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy, you should also have relevant work or voluntary experience in the health care sector.

Access courses are designed for 19 plus learners.

In order to enrol onto this course, you need to have established skills at Level 2 Maths and Level 2 English as a minimum. You should be ready to learn - in other words, take feedback (in a constructive manner), be able to listen, be able to communicate clearly and in an appropriate way, take and follow instruction and be prepared to work with a range of people in class. You will need to sit a computer based initial assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths and English.

If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information
The entry requirement on the screening tests are Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths
You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on.
If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on the course.
It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview.

Please note we only allow one attempt at these screening assessments
If you wish to practise for these initial assessments, you can do so at

First Class Requirements

You should bring along an A4 writing pad as well as a selection of pens. We recommend that you also have a scientific calculator. You need to bring these resources with you to each session unless directed by the tutor.

Attendance Requirements

Your attendance is required at each and every session. You are expected to have 100% attendance. If you feel you can't commit to this expected level of attendance, then you should consider whether this is a suitable course for you. Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Assessment Methods

Your assessment is continuous throughout the year. Assessment will be by essays, written reports, exams, presentations and portfolio. You must keep to deadlines for these assessments, or this may impact on your grade

Further Study Options

You may progress on to Higher Education degree courses including physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, sports science, sports rehabilitation, podiatry, physiology and midwifery

Additional Information

Please be aware that this is an intensive & demanding course. There is support available, but you should expect to do a minimum average of 12 to 15 hours of homework per week. Please be aware that this may vary throughout the year, and at some times you may need to spend more time studying than others.

Please be aware that this is a blended learning course, with some sessions onsite in college and some sessions online via MS Teams.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.