Access to Higher Education

Health and Physiotherapy

Access to Higher Education Diploma
Leaflet Code: L142


If you are interested in taking the next steps towards a career in physiotherapy, exercise science or sport science the Access to HE Diploma (Health and Physiotherapy) is the course for you!

An Access to HE Diploma is a qualification designed specifically for adults returning to education who would like to go on to study at university (Higher Education). There are a range of reasons that students may choose to study an Access to HE Diploma: they may not have the formal qualifications needed for university entry, they may want to develop their knowledge and confidence after being out of education for a while, or they may be considering on a career change that requires a fresh start.

The Access to HE Diploma is equivalent to studying three A Levels and supports students in developing the academic knowledge and skills required to begin their journey into Higher Education.

Whilst studying the Access to HE Diploma (Health and Physiotherapy) you will complete units in the following modules: Biology, Sport and Exercise, Psychology and Maths/Physics

In addition to these subject specific modules, the course includes developmental units to support you in developing your academic skills in preparation for university.

Successful completion of this Access to HE Diploma can lead to studying on the following Higher Education courses at UCEN Manchester: BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science and BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching.

  • Openshaw Campus
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2023

“To be accepted onto the course, you will need either GCSEs in both Maths, and English at grade C/4 or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 or above in both Maths and English. Most Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation courses will require GCSEs rather than Functional Skills. You will need to check the university entry requirements for the course to which you wish to progress. There is an opportunity to study one GCSE alongside this diploma, providing that you have a D/3 at GCSE, or Functional Skills L2 in that subject already. Some universities may require Science at Grade C/4 or above. As with most medical-based university courses, work experience is always desirable in order to increase your progression options.”

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess your progress throughout the academic year. These include essays, reports, short answer questions and presentations. All assessments are designed to support you in preparing for study at university.

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay tuition fees for this Access to Higher Education Diploma.

There are a number of different funding and finance options to help you afford your tuition at The Manchester College, with dedicated support from the government, bursaries and grants, and special loans to cover any tuition fees.

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