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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Biophysical Pathway

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Overview

You might imagine that gaining a place at university to study science is next to impossible without the right A-levels in place, but that is not at all the case. Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) can allow you to pursue a university education, despite not having any formal qualifications.

Designed as an alternative to A-levels, Access to HE Diplomas are widely recognised by the majority of educational institutions in the UK.

Studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) online means you will be fully prepared for the challenges of university life, as you will develop the independence and skills essential for study at a higher level. The diploma will also provide you with the knowledge of Biology and Physics that you need to pursue a degree in Biophysics, or a related science, with confidence.

Although this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) has been designed to suit most university enrolment requirements, students should check with the admissions department of their chosen university to avoid any disappointment.

Modules

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task.
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources.
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced.
  • Understand a range of reading strategies.
  • Understand note-making methods.
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 4: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells.
  • Understand cellular metabolism.
  • Understand how cells grow and divide.

Unit 5: Electromagnetic Spectrum

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles and types of electromagnetic waves.
  • Understand the properties of visible and ultraviolet light.
  • Understand the properties of microwaves and infrared.
  • Understand the biohazards of ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
  • Understand the hazards and uses of X- Rays in medical applications.

Unit 6: Cell Division & Heredity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cell division.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heredity and genetic variation.

Unit 7: Radioactivity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main types of ionising radiations and their measurement.
  • Understand radioactive decay.
  • Understand the practical applications of ionising radiation and radioisotopes and their use with acceptable safety.

Unit 8: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system.
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life.
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to childbirth.

Unit 9: Medical Physics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand atomic structure.
  • Understand the nature of alpha, beta and gamma radiation, and X-rays.
  • Understand the main uses of ionising radiation in monitoring and treatment.
  • Understand how radio isotopes are used in healthcare.
  • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Understand how ultrasound is used in healthcare.

Unit 10: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system.
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions.
  • Understand the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis.

 

Unit 11: Physics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the connection between force and motion and be able to use Newtons Laws of Motion.
  • Understand conservation of energy and momentum.
  • Understand the concepts and vocabulary of wave motion.
  • Understand the straight line model of the behaviour of light.
  • Understand the behaviour and properties of magnets and magnetic fields, electric charge and electric current.

Unit 12: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease.
  • Understand specific immunity.
  • Understand the biology of vaccination.

Unit 13: Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease using infectious disease to illustrate your answer
  • Understand the epidermiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

Unit 14: Optics & Sound

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the Laws of Reflection.
  • Understand the Laws of Refraction.
  • Understand the action of convex and concave lenses.
  • Understand the simple optics of the eye.
  • Understand the nature of transverse and longitudinal wave motions.
  • Understand how the ear detects sound waves.

 

Unit 15: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system.
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system.
  • Understand how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion.

 

Unit 16: The Human Nutrition and the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

 

Unit 17: Mechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • ​Understand vectors and be able to do vector addition calculations. 
  • Understand and be able to do vector resolution calculations.
  • Understand the nature of uniformly accelerated motion and be able to do motion calculations.
  • Be able to do projectile motion calculations.
  • Understand and be able to use Newtons Laws of Motion.
  • Understand and be able to do calculations involving the principles of momentum and its conservation.
  • Understand the concepts of energy, work and power in physics, and be able to do work/force calculations.
  • Understand internal energy.
  • Understand and apply the ideal gas laws.
  • Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases and be able to do related calculations.

 

Requirements

If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma right now, you should hold a GSCE in maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. It is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degrees.  You should also have a desire to study a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to help learners follow their academic aspirations and get them into their choice university. You must be mindful that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may even differ from course to course. These can include, but not be limited to:

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade.
  • A face-to-face interview at the university.
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university.
  • Course-related work placements or work experience.
  • GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.).

Students wishing to gain entry to higher education at the end of this Diploma should conduct some preliminary research on the entry requirements soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for researching the entry criteria and ensuring they meet the requirements. learndirect is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

 

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Science). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40008848. This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

 

 

Hear from our past Students

You might imagine that gaining a place at university to study science is next to impossible without the right A-levels in place, but that is not at all the case. Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) can allow you to pursue a university education, despite not having any formal qualifications.

Designed as an alternative to A-levels, Access to HE Diplomas are widely recognised by the majority of educational institutions in the UK.

Studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) online means you will be fully prepared for the challenges of university life, as you will develop the independence and skills essential for study at a higher level. The diploma will also provide you with the knowledge of Biology and Physics that you need to pursue a degree in Biophysics, or a related science, with confidence.

Although this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) has been designed to suit most university enrolment requirements, students should check with the admissions department of their chosen university to avoid any disappointment.

Modules

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task.
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources.
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced.
  • Understand a range of reading strategies.
  • Understand note-making methods.
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 4: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells.
  • Understand cellular metabolism.
  • Understand how cells grow and divide.

Unit 5: Electromagnetic Spectrum

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles and types of electromagnetic waves.
  • Understand the properties of visible and ultraviolet light.
  • Understand the properties of microwaves and infrared.
  • Understand the biohazards of ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
  • Understand the hazards and uses of X- Rays in medical applications.

Unit 6: Cell Division & Heredity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cell division.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heredity and genetic variation.

Unit 7: Radioactivity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main types of ionising radiations and their measurement.
  • Understand radioactive decay.
  • Understand the practical applications of ionising radiation and radioisotopes and their use with acceptable safety.

Unit 8: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system.
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life.
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to childbirth.

Unit 9: Medical Physics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand atomic structure.
  • Understand the nature of alpha, beta and gamma radiation, and X-rays.
  • Understand the main uses of ionising radiation in monitoring and treatment.
  • Understand how radio isotopes are used in healthcare.
  • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Understand how ultrasound is used in healthcare.

Unit 10: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system.
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions.
  • Understand the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis.

 

Unit 11: Physics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the connection between force and motion and be able to use Newtons Laws of Motion.
  • Understand conservation of energy and momentum.
  • Understand the concepts and vocabulary of wave motion.
  • Understand the straight line model of the behaviour of light.
  • Understand the behaviour and properties of magnets and magnetic fields, electric charge and electric current.

Unit 12: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease.
  • Understand specific immunity.
  • Understand the biology of vaccination.

Unit 13: Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease using infectious disease to illustrate your answer
  • Understand the epidermiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

Unit 14: Optics & Sound

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the Laws of Reflection.
  • Understand the Laws of Refraction.
  • Understand the action of convex and concave lenses.
  • Understand the simple optics of the eye.
  • Understand the nature of transverse and longitudinal wave motions.
  • Understand how the ear detects sound waves.

 

Unit 15: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system.
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system.
  • Understand how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion.

 

Unit 16: The Human Nutrition and the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

 

Unit 17: Mechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • ​Understand vectors and be able to do vector addition calculations. 
  • Understand and be able to do vector resolution calculations.
  • Understand the nature of uniformly accelerated motion and be able to do motion calculations.
  • Be able to do projectile motion calculations.
  • Understand and be able to use Newtons Laws of Motion.
  • Understand and be able to do calculations involving the principles of momentum and its conservation.
  • Understand the concepts of energy, work and power in physics, and be able to do work/force calculations.
  • Understand internal energy.
  • Understand and apply the ideal gas laws.
  • Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases and be able to do related calculations.

 

Requirements

If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma right now, you should hold a GSCE in maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. It is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degrees.  You should also have a desire to study a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to help learners follow their academic aspirations and get them into their choice university. You must be mindful that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may even differ from course to course. These can include, but not be limited to:

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade.
  • A face-to-face interview at the university.
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university.
  • Course-related work placements or work experience.
  • GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.).

Students wishing to gain entry to higher education at the end of this Diploma should conduct some preliminary research on the entry requirements soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for researching the entry criteria and ensuring they meet the requirements. learndirect is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

 

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Science). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40008848. This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

 

 

Hear from our past Students

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