Access to Mental Health Nursing
Full qualification title

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Science Professions)

Learning Aim Reference
No. of Credits
60 Credits at Level 3 (15 Ungraded & 45 Graded)
UCAS Tariff Points
Maximum 144 points depending on grades
Course fee
£1236 (includes £135 registration fees)
Payment options
Pay in full upfront (£50 Discount available) | Monthly Installments (from £103 per month)
12 months, flexible study (typically takes 8 months, but you can work at your own pace to complete in a time that suits you) Extension option available
Course start date
This course can be started at any time of the year
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A summary of the course

  • Shift your career focus to Mental Health Nursing
  • 100% online learning experience
  • Study comfortably from home or any other location
  • Comprehensive tutor support throughout your course
  • An ideal route for meeting university entry requirements in Mental Health Nursing
  • Various payment plans are available
  • 24/7 access to interactive study materials and activities
  • Flexibility to learn in your own time without exams or scheduled classes
  • Detailed UCAS application support, including an academic reference
  • Trustpilot rating of 4.9 out of 5.0

About Your Diploma

Ever considered a career in mental health nursing but found yourself limited by inadequate qualifications or interested in changing careers? Our Access to Higher Education Diploma in Mental Health Nursing at Academy Online Learning is the perfect starting point. This programme is designed for those aiming to start a career in mental health nursing or progress further in the healthcare industry. Although the course has a one-year completion timeline, many students finish in 8-10 months due to its flexible nature.


Excellent Preparation for Mental Health Nursing at University

This diploma forms a crucial foundation for studying Mental Health Nursing at the university level. Widely recognised by universities throughout the UK, the diploma prepares you for various specialisations within the field of mental health nursing. The course includes Level 3 units crucial for university Mental Health Nursing degree programmes, providing a strong foundation in Psychology and Social Science, alongside the essential biology components. An Individual Learning Plan supports effective management of your study schedule and assignment deadlines, ensuring continuous and steady progress.


Getting Started with Academy Online Learning

As a top provider of online education in the UK, Academy Online Learning delivers this nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). The fully online structure of the course is tailored for flexibility, allowing you to balance your academic pursuits with your personal and professional life seamlessly.


Stay On Top of Your Learning

Manage your education on your terms with our flexible online course, which does not require attendance at classes or tutorials. Begin whenever suits you, progress through the interactive materials at your own pace, and rely on the support of your personal tutor through phone or videoconference tutorials as needed. All our tutors are highly qualified, experienced educators and specialists in their fields.

While there is no requirement to have Maths and English qualifications for the diploma, universities typically require these subjects at a Grade 4/C or above. You can choose to study both alongside your diploma through our fully online Functional Skills courses (including online exams) or our GCSE programmes.


University entry requirements may vary; always confirm that your qualifications meet the criteria of your chosen institution before enrolling.

Learn more about career opportunities in Mental Health Nursing by clicking here.

We also offer comprehensive support for your UCAS applications, including providing an academic reference.

100% of Mental Health Nursing AOLL applicants were
offered a place for September 2023

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Payment Options

The cost of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professions) is £1236, and can be paid in monthly instalments from £103 per month over 12 months with 0% interest. Or discounted price at £1186 (£50 saving) when paid in full upfront.

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Cost/ Month
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£1236: £1186
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* Includes £135 registration fee and certification with our awarding organisation, Skills and Education Access Group

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"there is no doubt the academic progress made by students throughout the course prepares them for higher education" - this is "Commendable"

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Units on this course (Ungraded)

Get into university with an Access to Higher Education Diploma

This gives you an opportunity to shine when you are invited for an interview at the university. You...

Academic Writing Skills

This can be awarded against a level 3 essay. In essay preparation, you will be expected to research...

How does society affect health

There are many diseases and consequently many causes of diseases. Identifying the prevalence of...

Research Skills
Correlations, Experiments, Observations, Case Studies Questionnaires and Surveys. Develop your own piece of research in a standard report format.
Information Literacy

Information Literacy Skills help learners to understand the range and quality of available resources...

Psychology units on this course (Graded)

A psychotherapist

Here we discuss an area of psychological investigation that relates to ‘abnormal ‘behaviour and...

How do drugs affect the brain

This covers the central nervous system, Grey and White matter. You will be considering key concepts...

Are the brain and behaviour linked?

This involves the localisation and function of the brain. The different methods of investigating the...

Stress and Food

In this unit, the focus is on the negative effects of chronic (long-lasting) stress. These may be...

Angry fist, aggression

This topic will look at a number of explanations for aggressive behaviour. These are biological...

Health units on this course (Graded)

A female health professional wearing a mask

This unit relates to communication between health care professionals and clients. Here you will be...

Mental Distress

In the areas of mental ill health, names are often given to a specific category to identify a group...

Biology units on this course (Graded)

Jars of urine

This unit looks at homeostasis and the kidney as a homeostatic organ. You will be researching the...

Body Structure and Function

(cannot combine with: Cell Differentiation and Tissues; DNA and Protein Synthesis; Human circulation...

Genetic Inheritance

This addresses the understanding of genetic inheritance including simple Mendelian crosses where you...

Endocrine system hormones

The main theme in this unit is to develop an understanding of the hormone system and the endocrine...

Non infectious disease

The topical area for this unit considers the nature of a range of non-infectious diseases including...

  Our Access to Higher Education diplomas offer: No need to pay for extras or upgrades - it is ALL included!
Self-paced online learning with 1:1 tutor support
Access your course materials immediately
Study anywhere - anytime
Face to face tutorials on demand, scheduled when you need them
One-to-one tutor support via state of the art video conference suite, email or by phone
Study around your work and home life commitments
Work at your own pace and complete within 8-12 months
Tailored individual learning plan to achieve success
Benefit from subject specialist tutors
Access to our online material written and developed by leading professionals in the industry
Interact with your tutor via our easy to use messaging service
Network with like-minded students via student messaging group
Access to your course 24/7
Tailor the course to fit your needs*
UCAS Application support to help with your personal statement
UCAS final check before submission


*Some university courses will want to see specific units - plan what is required and we will mix and match key units

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Becs Dental Hygiene Therapy Student
Great course, learnt so much. Felt supported throughout from different Tutors. Massive help with UCAS application.
Thank you.
Date of experience: 20 February 2024
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Rachel Cawthorne AOLL Student
Very trusting company, everyone responds promptly. All tutors were very helpful, especially Steve, Alison and Amy. Thank you for all your help!
Date of experience: 02 March 2024
Megan Andrew ELCAS Student
The access to the course was easy and simple to use the virtual learning area. The tutors where on hand with messages and if needs be phone calls. I enjoyed the course and it was good that the course could be paused as I needed as life changed and things made it that I couldn’t continue the course at times. This is very useful being military expecially when deployments come around the course can be paused until the end of the deployment.
Date of experience: 10 October 2023