Health Professions

Access to Higher Education Diploma

£138.33 per month *( Price excludes upfront registration
payment of £149.00) * For 12 months.
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If you’ve always wanted a career in healthcare, but getting the right skills in a way that suits you has held you back, then you can with our online Aspire Health Professions Diploma.

The Aspire Health Professions Diploma provides a course that combines Human Biology, Psychology, Health Studies and Sociology units at Level 3 and a Maths unit at Level 2. You will also complete units that support the development of your study skills.

  • Health Professions 1

    Start your career journey to become a nurse, midwife, paramedic, health visitor, etc

  • Health Profession 2

    Enhance your career if you’re already working in healthcare

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    Help you work in healthcare for the first time

  • Health Profession 4

    Help you secure a University place in a healthcare related course

Whatever your previous experience of studying, this course can be right for you.

Designed for adults to be easy to follow online, the course is broken up into a series of easy to understand units, which are provided to you like a “book” to work through at your own pace. You’ll complete a wide variety of activities, such as word searches, questions, problem-solving and case studies. Each unit will normally have links to videos, websites and presentations to help you learn. Completing the activities will help you understand the subject and complete each unit.

Completing a unit unlocks the next unit and so on until you’ve successfully completed every unit to achieve your Diploma. Along the way, you will have feedback from an expert assessor on each unit you submit.

The course covers subjects as interesting and diverse as human biology, nutrition and digestion, mental health, and infection control.

Enrol on this course today and receive a 10% discount on course fees when you pay in full!

Payment Options

Payment in Full:

Receive a 10% discount at the time of purchase when you pay in full.

Course fees: £1494.00

Registration fee: £149.00

Total Cost of the Course: £1643.00


Monthly Payment Plan:

Initial deposit: £138.33

Registration fee: £149.00

Total at the time of purchase: £287.33

Followed by 11 monthly instalments of £138.33

Total Cost of the Course: £1809.00

How will my course work?

Moodle is a VLE, or virtual learning environment, that was created specifically for online courses, and is designed to be easy to use, interactive and helpful.

Once you’ve enrolled and received your log in, you’ll be able to access your Diploma course, which is easy to follow and designed so that you always know where you are, what you have to do and how you can progress through the course.

Each unit is presented as a book, you just ‘turn’ the pages as you work through the unit. Moodle gives us the opportunity to provide you with varied activities to help your learning in each unit, such as quizzes, crosswords and word searches. Resources like videos and presentations are embedded into units whenever possible, so you don’t have to leave the Moodle to view them and you don’t need to download lots of documents.

On Moodle, it’s easy to:

  • Complete unit activities
  • Check your answers to unit activities
  • Submit your assessments
  • Receive feedback from an assessor
  • Keep up to date with any news or announcements relevant to your Diploma
  • Send and receive messages

One thing you always need to keep in mind – you can’t break it!

How will my course progress?

The units have been written specifically for online learners, provided as ‘books’, for you to work through at your own pace.

There are activities throughout a unit for you to complete, such as:

  • word searches
  • crosswords
  • questions
  • problem solving
  • case studies
  • quizzes

Videos, presentations and web links are provided to broaden your understanding of a subject. These formative activities will help you to complete the assessment that you need to do for each unit, details of which are contained in the unit assessment brief.

You can view the full syllabus for the healthcare professions course, which contains the units you need to study, click on the tab section relating to the Syllabus below.

How will I complete my units?

Each unit comes with an assessment brief. You will be able to access the assessment brief right at the beginning of a unit, so you can see what you are working towards. The assessment brief contains all the details you need about the assessment tasks that you must complete to achieve a unit.

Every assessment task is clearly mapped to the appropriate unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

The activities that you complete during your work on a unit have been developed so that you gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to complete the assessment.

The types of assessment are varied and interesting. The following are some examples, which can vary depending on which Diploma you’re studying:

  • research notes for a radio programme
  • e-presentation
  • leaflets
  • newspaper article
  • presentation paper with audio summary
  • report
  • diagrams
  • fact sheets
  • case studies
  • calculations
  • drawings

When you have finished your unit study, you submit your assessment tasks, which will be marked by an assessor. Once you have successfully completed a unit, you will be able to progress onto the next one.

How much time will I need?

An Aspire Access Diploma requires the achievement of 60 credits. Each unit in a Diploma carries a certain number of credits – these can be 3, 6 or 9.

The 60 credits comprise:

  • 15 credits from ungraded units
  • 45 credits from graded units (grades are pass, merit, distinction)

1 credit is estimated to take an "average" student up to 10 hours. These hours include all the activities needed to complete the credit, such as:

  • working through the unit
  • completing the activities provided
  • reading
  • your own research
  • preparing for the unit assessment
  • completing the unit assessment

What's the quickest time I could qualify?

Once enrolled you are given a total of 3 years to complete your diploma. You can complete the diploma within the 3 years, the actual completion time varies dependent on individual circumstances and how much time can be dedicated to working through the completing the diploma.

*Each unit has a maximum allotted time of 3 months ( once unlocked ) to complete.

What's the longest I could take?

The longest you would be allowed to complete your course would be three years from the date you start the course.

How will you help me study?

An Aspire Diploma contains a number of ungraded study skills units, for example:

  • English for Academic Study
  • Producing a Written Assignment
  • Research and Referencing

These units have been designed so that you can improve and refine your study skills to help you maximise your potential on the course. It also means that you are developing a skills set to assist you in your progression from the Diploma, whether in higher education, employment or training. You’ll be able to prove that you have these essential skills to employers.

What help is available on the course?

Once you enrol, you will have access to your course units and will be provided with a student handbook. In addition, an expert assessor will provide feedback on all of your assessments.


Courses are fully booked for 2020

Due to a high level of people wanting to study from home, our courses are now fully booked for 2020.


The whole purpose of an Aspire Online Course is to help people in your situation to be successful.

Many people are nervous when they start a course, particularly if they haven't been in a classroom for some time. At Aspire, we are aware of this and have taken it into account when designing all of our; you won't be thrown in at the deep end or tested on things that you forgot years ago. Our online courses are designed to be easy to understand and you’ll be supported in your learning.

Subjects Covered

Human Biology Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Skeleton and Muscles

The human skeletal system – structure, joints, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. The muscular system – types of muscle, contraction, extension and flexion. Maintaining health of musculoskeletal system.


2. Biological Communication Systems

Structure and function of the nervous system – neurones, impulses, voluntary and reflex actions, effects of drugs on nerve impulses. The endocrine system – structure and function, regulation of blood glucose, hormone imbalance.


3. Reproduction

Structure and function of male and female reproductive systems, key events of human reproduction. Fertilisation, pregnancy and birth.


4. Human Respiratory and Cardiac Systems

Structure and function of the respiratory system, structure and transport function of blood and its circulation. Control of cardiovascular and respiratory systems, circulatory disease, relationship between smoking and health.


5. Nutrition and Digestion

Nutritional requirements of human beings, balanced diet and daily needs. Biochemical molecules in foods. The principles of digestion and absorption.


6. Biochemistry

Structure and function of biological molecules – carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Enzyme structure, activation, action and activity.


7. Infectious Diseases

Understanding microorganisms and the immune system. Immunisation programmes and their effectiveness. Antibiotics and resistances.


8. Inheritance and Genetic Engineering

Replication of DNA, protein synthesis, monohybrid, co-dominant and sex linked inheritance. Genetic engineering – its application and ethical implications.


Psychology Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Conformity and Obedience

Psychological studies which seek to explain why people conform and Milgram’s studies of obedience. Ethical issues involved in research that uses human subjects.


Sociology Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Equality and Diversity

Key equality and diversity policies and legislation, the issues of equality and diversity in relation to health/social care.


Health Studies Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Infection Control

Types, signs and symptoms of infectious disease, how they spread and methods of controlling and preventing dissemination of infection.


2. The NHS

Understanding the National Health Service and how it came to being.


3. A Medical Condition

Understanding the physiological and support needs of a patient experiencing an altered state of health as well as the wider effects on the patient of a specified condition.


Maths Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Level 2 Maths in a Health and Care Context

Basic formulae used in calculating dosage, graphical representation and interpretation of data. Solution strengths, drug calculations, infusion rates.


Study Skills Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. English for Academic Study

Critical reading and evaluation, different forms of writing and reflection on how to improve your writing skills.


2. Research and Referencing

Different research methods and forms of referencing. Copyright and issues of plagiarism.


3. Producing a Written Assignment

Gathering and evaluating information, planning and producing a written assignment.


Career Opportunity Examples

  • Residential support worker

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.

  • Healthcare assistant

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Healthcare assistants (Support worker, nursing assistant, nursing auxiliary) help look after patients in hospitals or in patients’ own homes.

  • Physiotherapy assistant

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Physiotherapy assistants help physiotherapists work with patients to restore or improve movement.

  • Occupational therapy support worker

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Occupational therapy support workers (OT assistant, OT technician, rehabilitation assistant, technical instructor) work with occupational therapists to help sick, injured or old people to be as independent as possible.

  • Care worker

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Care workers (care assistant, support worker, nursing home assistant) help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.