Why should HEIs commit to the Bridging Programme?

HE providers are asked to recognise the validity of healthcare learning at work for meeting their entry requirements to specified health related vocational programmes in Higher Education, alongside the Bridging Programme qualification and any English and maths requirements for entry.

The Bridging Programme is designed to help enable the healthcare support workforce to progress - people that employers want to see in higher professional positions in healthcare.

The Bridging Programme provides the additional study skills that vocational learners need to enter and succeed in HE – as well as preparing learners for entry to HE - these skills do not form part of a level 2 or 3 vocational learning programme.

The Bridging Programme is not simply another open route into health professional education but a selective means of growing professional staff by choosing suitable candidates from within the existing healthcare workforce, as part of an employer’s workforce development plan. No short cuts or lowering of standards is involved; the Bridging Programme qualification is a nationally recognised qualification.

The Skills for Health Bridging Programme facilitates aspirations for healthcare support workforce progression into nursing and other health related vocational programmes in Higher Education in England1. It provides a standardised curriculum framework, a national qualification with a set of high level requirements, and both accommodates and promotes good practice in integrated vocational and study skills learning at a local level.

The Council of Deans of Health (CoDH) is the representative voice of the 85 UK university health faculties providing education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. Skills for Health worked closely with CoDH in the Bridging Programme design and development phase.

CoDH provides information on the Bridging Programme to its whole membership. A number of HE providers have already committed to considering Bridging Programme applicants alongside others.   

Learning and assessment demands and practice in Study Skills in the Bridging Programme are consistent with and comparable to practice in Access to HE Diplomas. The aim of the Bridging Programme is to emulate the best practice in study skills learning for adult learners at this level, in order to achieve the best results for learners and create the best possible opportunities for progression into health related vocational programmes in Higher Education.

To find out more about HEI involvement in the Bridging Programme, please take a look at the Planner

Why should HEIs consider all Bridging Programme applicants?

A HEI commitment to consider all Bridging Programme applicants would provide clear HE progression possibilities to the healthcare support workforce. All Bridging Programme applicants (like any others) would need to show they have the right values and behaviours for entry – no right to entry is being requested.

HEIs interested in committing to the Bridging programme are asked to respond by mailing Skills for Health a simple letter, signed by a person authorised to do so; which confirms the suitability of the Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education for entry to (specified) Health related vocational programmes, and states other qualification requirements for entry (e.g., a Level 3 vocational qualification in Health, specified English and maths competence and qualifications). HEIs can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.