Healthcare students walking in a group

Our pathway to a degree in healthcare has been designed for adults returning to education who want to study part-time in order to apply to study a degree.

Modules are taught in the evenings and at weekends. You will study in a relaxed and supportive environment. After studying the pathway you will be able to make an application to study an undergraduate degree in these subject areas:

  • adult nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • paediatric nursing
  • midwifery
  • occupational therapy
  • operating department practice
  • radiology and radiotherapy.

New in September 2018:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Medical Pharmacology

How it works

The pathway is made up of 60 credits. This includes two compulsory core modules, made up of 20 credits each, and additional optional modules that will equal 20 credits. Before choosing your optional modules you will need to contact Coordinating Lecturer as some modules will be more relevant to your chosen nursing degree.

Applicants wishing to enrol on this pathway will need to have gained five GCSEs, grades A-C. These should include mathematics and English or Welsh.

For the pathway to radiology and radiotherapy you will need to have gained five GCSEs, grades A-C. These should include double science, or physics and another science, mathematics and English or Welsh.

Pathway modules

Core modules

Optional modules


Under normal circumstances, students finish the pathway within one year. You can also take up to three years to complete the pathway if you need to.


Our pathway to a degree offers an affordable route into Higher Education. You only have to sign up and pay for one module at a time and you have the option of splitting the cost into two instalments.

Financial help is available through a variety of different schemes. Once you start studying on the pathway you can also access expert advice on the best way to fund your studies should you go on to a degree.


If you have any queries or would like to find out more about this pathway please contact:

Pathways to a degree