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Introduction to the course

The OCNLR Bridging Skills for Higher Education course is designed to help people who wish to pursue a career in nursing, but do not have the entry requirements for either the Access to HE course, or the university degree of their choice.

This means that the course is suitable for 3 groups of people:

1: Those with an Access or Level 3 qualification, with grades lower than those required by universities.

2: Those who may have relevant English and maths qualifications, but their interview and written test have indicated a need to develop their research and written skills further.

3: Those who do not have the necessary English and maths qualifications, but have been assessed as having Level 3 writing and comprehension skills.

The course is made up of 5 units. Applicants without English and Maths GCSEs at Grades A* - C, can also enrol in GCSE or Functional Skills, which run alongside their main qualification.

The Bridging course lasts for 18 weeks (September – February or February – June).

GCSE or Functional skills classes in English and Maths run for the whole year.

Your study programme will consist of five mandatory units covering the skills that you will need for study at a higher level. These are:

  • Extended academic essay and report writing skills

  • Essential skills for academic study

  • Extended project skills

  • Finding and reading information skills

  • Understanding opportunities in Higher Education.

The Certificate is worth 70 UCAS points.

What do I need?

You need to be assessed as able to work effectively at Level 3. This is assessed via a 1:1 interview and a free writing test. If you have English, maths and Level 3 qualifications, you need to provide certificated evidence of your achievements.

To support your studies, you need to be able to use word processing and presentation software, have access to a computer, printer and internet connection at home, and be able to research, upload and store information electronically.

How is the course taught?

Class work is made up of discussions, group work, online activities and practical work. All subjects require independent study, research and practice outside college hours. Requirements for English and maths will be set by those subject tutors.

How will I be assessed?

The course units are assessed against set criteria by the subject tutor and awarded a pass, merit or distinction grade, depending on how well the work meets the criteria and grading descriptors. Each assessed unit is internally moderated by another tutor on the team, to ensure that marking is accurate and fair. Your coursework portfolio of assignments is externally moderated by OCN representatives, who check that the course has been assessed correctly and that all requirements for the awarding of the certificate have been met.

What does it lead to?

This course leads to university study or further study on a Level 3 programme.

Employer's Benefit

Evidence of Level 3 achievement is welcomed by employers, but the premise of this course is that graduates will apply either to join an Access course, or apply for a university place via UCAS.

Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Enfield Centre 3 Sep 2018 - 5 Jul 2019 - Evening

Course Code: DP2MHHS1 / 18EA11Z

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
This course is FREE if you fulfil the entry requirements, complete an Eligibility Residency Assessment, and if working, provide a copy of your latest payslip.

Information on how to apply
Apply here

What are the levels?


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Entry Level

This level will help you to develop general skills and improve your confidence if you do not have any experience or GCSEs. It will improve your basic reading, number skills and English language skills

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Level 1

This level will give you a good basic knowledge and understanding of the subject area. This level will develop your functional skills and give you some work experience.

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Level 2

This level will give you a deeper understanding of the subject area. This is a good level of education for employment and will improve your problem solving skills and increase your resourcefulness. This level is often the minimum requirement for employers.

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Level 3

This level gives you a thorough and developed understanding of the subject area. This level will give you experience in problem-solving, managing a workload and adapting your skills to achieve your objectives. This level is the minimum requirement when applying to universities and is the preferred requirement for most employers.

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Level 4 and Above

This level involves extensive studying and can help to make you a specialist in your field of learning or work.

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