Health Care



The Agored Cymru Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Care) supports progression into nursing and the health professions and introduces learners to relevant academic subject areas across the sciences and social sciences including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Health studies
  • Professional behaviours for health care professionals



The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a unitised qualification and is assessed by way of continuous assessment. Methods of assessment are varied and reflect those that learners will encounter in higher education. Assessment methods include

  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Time constrained assessments /examinations
  • Academic discussions
  • Written reports


Where can I study?

The Agored Cymru Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Care) is offered at the following centres:

  • Bridgend College
  • Cardiff and Vale College
  • Coleg Cambria
  • Coleg Gwent
  • Coleg Sir Gar
  • Coleg y Cymoedd
  • Gower College Swansea
  • Grwp Llandrillo Menai
  • NPTC Group
  • Pembrokeshire College
  • The College Merthyr Tydfil


Potential progression routes

Learners successfully completing the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Care) may be considered for entry onto the following degree programmes at various higher education providers (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Adult Nursing
  • Learning Disabilities Nursing
  • Children’s Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Health and Social Care
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Paramedic Science
  • Public Health
  • Occupational Therapy



“I kept saying to myself, it really is now or never and if you don’t try, you’ll never know…I’m so glad I did the Access course as it’s prepared me really well for academic life. Now I’m loving my degree course and my nursing placements and looking forward to a career in nursing at the end of the three years” (Lorna Hughes, AHE learner of the year, outstanding academic achievement, 2020-21).

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Care) 40013480 C00/4670/3