Access to Higher Education
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

This course is designed solely for progression to higher education. Once you have a degree you could work as a nurse in one of the four branches of nursing (adult, children, mental health or learning disability) and then branch out into a range of specialist career paths, such as Health Visitor, Oncology Nurse, Substance Abuse Nurse, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Ward Manager, Lecturer in Nursing, Nurse Consultant and Director of Nursing.

All applications to Higher Education Courses must be made through UCAS, however please ring us for advice on this process and we will support you with your application.


  • Nursing Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Psychology/ Sociology
  • Examination Skills — Preparing & Technique
  • Note-Taking & Note-Making
  • Writing & Delivering Seminar Papers

Study Skills in:

  • Examination Skills- Preparation & Technique
  • Note-taking & note-making
  • Writing & Delivering seminar papers
Entry Requirements

The Access to HE Diploma is an alternative route to higher education (HE) degree programmes. Please note that as part of the entry criteria, many universities will require English and Maths GCSEs at grades A- C in addition to the Access to HE Diploma qualification.

You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended progression route before you apply for the Access course. Some HE institutions may accept alternative qualifications, such as Functional Skills level 2 or Qualifications taken outside of the UK.

For the Access to HE Diploma applicants should have at least both GCSE in English and Maths at grades A-C on entry (or evidence that an equivalent qualification, is accepted by your university of choice). All applicants will be interviewed.

If you do not already have the entry qualifications, you could consider the following route in order to progress to the Access to HE programme:

Complete a two year programme: Year 1: studying GCSE English and Maths Year 2: Access to HE Diploma

If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum of 6.00 in IELTS alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification (a NARIC check will be required).

For more information please contact our Learner Information team.

Assessment Method

Each module is assessed using a variety of criteria. You will be required to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection, reading and research of relevant information, time management and effective communication skills.

Each module carries a number of assessments. Depending on the module you will be assessed through combinations of the following; formal reports, presentations, written assessments, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, exams, case studies and reflective statements.

Progression Opportunities

Degree courses in adult, children's, mental health or learning disability nursing or in midwifery. Successful completion of the course could enable you to progress to a BSc in Nursing or other health related degrees. Applicants will receive support for their application for entry into university and will be guided and advised towards an interview with universities.

This course is designed solely for progression to Higher Education. Once you have a degree you could work as a nurse in one of the four branches of nursing (adult, children, mental health or learning disability) and then branch out into a range of specialist career paths, e.g. health visitor; oncology nurse; substance abuse nurse; community psychiatric nurse; ward manager; lecturer in nursing; nurse consultant; director of nursing. Nurses sometimes move into research or teaching roles linked to healthcare and can also work in industries as occupational health advisors. You could also progress onto the colleges Edexcel Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (Management).

Study Methods

You will have 10 hours of timetabled classes each week over 2 days.

You will learn in classrooms, laboratories and IT rooms.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.