Access to Nursing and Health Professions

This course is available in Welsh

Course Overview

The Access to Nursing and Social Welfare / Social Work course is a successful programme that prepares mature students or career changers for either the world of work or higher education either vocational or academic.

The course contains study skill units to develop skills as well as academically based study to prepare students for higher education.

The course supports student through the UCAS application system for entry into higher education institutions throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

These units aid students in preparation for higher education

Updated January 2021

Entry Requirements

Applicants either need to complete a pre-access course or successfully complete an entry assessment.

Students will need to demonstrate on interview a genuine interest in people a positive attitude, the need to do well and a commitment and enthusiasm for study. Students need to be reliable, honest, trustworthy, well motivated and have integrity.

Students should be mature applicants with clear evidence of life experience.

Course Delivery

The course is assessed using examinations, essays, presentations, seminars, reports and in class timed assessments. Students are expected to have work placements, 250 hours approx for those wishing to apply for social work, and 30 hours approx for those who wish to apply for all branches of nursing/radiography/physiotherapy/audiology/speech therapy etc.

The course is delivered using lectures, guest speakers, clinical demonstrations/observations as well as informal question and answer sessions to support students with their progress. The part time course has eight hours a week of study over two evenings, four hours per evening half hour of each evening is given to tutorial time to support learners in UCAS application, interview techniques and pastoral care.

Progression Opportunities

Possible progression is HE courses.

Students might be able to progress to university from this course to study those interested in health to: adult nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, midwifery, audiology, radiography, paramedics, speech therapy, podiatry etc.

Those interested in social work/social care: social work, youth work, criminology, social policy, community studies, psychology, social sciences, ODP, Clinical Physiology, etc.

Many students however do gain employment from this programme for example social work assistant health care support worker, youth worker etc.


Additional Information

Students if not currently employed within the health field will be expected to gain work experience suitable to the progression route they have chosen, students are also given the opportunity to visit local HE institutions throughout West Wales to meet the admission teams with a small cost to cover travel.


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