Access to HE Nursing

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing & Midwifery)

This course provides learners with numerous progression routes to higher education and careers in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and other health-related subjects. Some learners have gone on to work as a paramedic practitioner or operating theatre practitioners.

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Other than the core units in the syllabus, learners will also be taught: 

The Male Reproductive System 

  • Anatomy and function of: penis; scrotum; testes; seminiferous tubules; Leydig cells; epididymis; vas deferens; ejaculatory duct; urethra; seminal vesicles; prostate gland; bulbourethral glands.
  • Spermatogenesis: stages in production of spermatozoa; importance of mitosis and meiosis.
  • Hormone regulation: hypothalamus; anterior pituitary, GnRH, FSH; LH; Leydig cells, androgens (testosterone).

The Female Reproductive System

  • Anatomy and function of: ovaries; follicle; corpus luteum; oviduct; endometrium; cervix; vagina. Oogenesis: stages in the production of ova; importance of mitosis and meiosis.
  • Hormone regulation of the menstrual flow, proliferative and secretory phases of menstrual cycle: LH, FSH, oestrogen, progesterone.
  • Post-fertilisation changes: parturition; lactation; hormone control (HCG, oestrogen, oxytocin, prostaglandins).
  • Placenta structure and function. Maternal and foetal parts (chorionic villi, the umbilical cord).
  • Pre-embryonic development: first two weeks – progression to blastocyte stage. Implantation. Formation of the three primary germ layers. Maintenance of the corpus luteum by hCG. Postfertilisation hormone control (hCG, oestrogen, oxytocin, prostaglandins).
  • Embryonic development: two weeks post-fertilisation to end of week eight. Body cavities, neural tube and primitive organ systems forming.
  • Foetal development: further development and differentiation of the structures formed as an embryo. Growth, fat deposit under skin and weight gain.


Ascentis is an award-winning provider of cutting-edge qualifications for education, training and business in the UK and overseas. We’ve been committed to delivering exceptional customer service and creating life-changing opportunities for all since 1975.

Ascentis is distinctive in that it is both:

  • An Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, CCEA, and Qualification Wales
  • An Access Validating Agency for Access to Higher Education Diplomas, licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency

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  • Biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Professional Healthcare Practice
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology Practical Scientific
  • Healthcare Professionals

Typically, a Diploma will require a minimum of TWO Core Unit Assessments (CUA) per subject set selected, but refer to the individual Diploma Rule of Combination for further clarification. 

The CUA is an Ascentis-devised assignment covering the content found in the core unit. The assessment methodology for an individual unit can take a variety of forms and these are described in the unit specification. 

Examples of these are: 

  • Essay
  • Timed Assessment/End Test
  • Presentations (with hand-outs/notes)
  • Laboratory Report
  • Micro-Teach
  • Case Study ▪ Report

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  • Award: Diploma
  • Level: 3
  • Unit/s: 19 Units
  • Structure: Online
  • Guided Learning Hours: 600
  • Duration: 12 Months
  • Fee: 750
  • Career type:

    Learners can seek careers in careers in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and other health-related areas.

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