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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Biological Science

Overview

If you were born with an eager scientific mind and you take a unique interest in biology, the Access to HE Diploma (Science) – Biological Science Pathway may be your ticket to a shiny and profitable future. Addressing everything from cell metabolism to atomic structure, this route has been designed to supply learndirect students with the expertise they need to get to university.

Check you have chosen the right course

When you enrol on this course, you will study topics surrounding human biology, cell biology and biochemistry. On top of this you will also spend some time studying additional academic practice units which have been included to develop your fundamental study skills. These modules are particularly useful if you’ve been away from education a while.

It is important that you check that your Access to HE Diploma qualification will meet the entrance criteria for the degree course at the university of your choice. Admission criteria can vary across universities, so it’s advisable to contact your destination university and make sure you are on the right course.

How does the course work?

All of our Access to HE Diploma courses are delivered via distance learning. Studying this way is great for busy workers, parents and carers, because students can complete all the work from the comfort of their own home. This is because all of our materials can be accessed, completed and submitted online. Another bonus is that once enrolled, our students can start their course straight away. No waiting for September start dates. Working at their own speed, learners can choose to finish their qualification in as little as 6 months, or stretch it out over 18 months.

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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

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 cell.
  • 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 tract throughout life
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to puberty

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 health care.
  • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Understand how ultrasound is used in health care.

Unit 10: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy and organisation of the nervous system and how it co- ordinates the body.
  • Understand the structure and function of nerve cells and other cells in the nervous system.
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions.
  • Understand homeostasis.

Unit 11: The Brain & Nervous System   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 12: Physics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the connection between force and motion and be able to use Newton’s Laws of Motion.
  • Understand conservation of energy and momentum.
  • Understand the concepts and vocabulary of wave motion.

Unit 13: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease.
  • Understand specific immunity and the immune response.
  • Understand the biology of vaccination.
  • Understand how immune sensitivity may cause ill-health.

Unit 14: 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 15: 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 16: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand anatomical terminology.
  • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion.
  • Understand the muscular system.

 Unit 17: 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 18: Mechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand vectors and vector addition
  • Understand vector resolution
  • Understand the nature of uniformly accelerated motion
  • Understand projectile motion
  • Understand Newton’s Law of Motion
  • Understand momentum and it’s conservation
  • Understand the concepts of energy, work and power in physics
  • Understand internal energy
  • Understand the laws which ideal gases obey
  • Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases

Unit 19: Cell Metabolism

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the glycolytic pathway and fermentation of sugar to yield alcohol.
  • Understand the tricarboxylic acid cycle.
  • Understand the dark reactions in photosynthesis.
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles. 

 Unit 5: Atomic Structure 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand protons, neutrons and electrons in terms of their relative charges and masses.
  • Understand the distribution of protons, neutrons and electrons in an atom given its Atomic number and Mass number, including some isotopes.
  • Understand the number and relative energies of the s, p and d orbitals for the principal quantum numbers and know the shapes of s, p and d orbitals.
  • Understand how ionisation energies of elements relate to reactivity.
  • Understand the position of elements within the periodic table from ionisation energy data.

 Unit 7: Periodic Table

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the periodic table.
  • Understand periodicity in the elements of period 3.
  • Understand ionisation energy.
  • Understand oxidation and reduction.
  • Understand reactions of the Group 2 metals.
  • Understand the group 7 elements.

 Unit 9: Atomic Structure & Bonding

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of the atom.
  • Understand electronic structures.
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds

Unit 12: Chemical Bonding and Structure   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals

Unit 15: Hydrocarbons

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of organic compounds.
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkanes.
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkenes.

 Unit 16: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand anatomical terminology.
  • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion.
  • Understand the muscular system.

Unit 18: Chemical Change

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to measure the concentrations of solutions.
  • Understand energy changes during chemical reactions.
  • Understand factors influencing rates of chemical reactions.
  • Understand the concept of chemical equilibrium

Requirements

Those who are planning to study an Access to HE Diploma should first have achieved a GCSE in maths and English at grade C or above. We ask for these grades as most universities ask that students have them before they apply.

Although Access to HE Diploma courses fulfil the entry requirements for most higher education institutions, we would like to remind learndirect students to double check with the specific university or universities they want to attend. This is because institution may have its own list of particular requirements which students are expected to meet. Examples of such requirements include but are not limited to:

  1. Having gained a specific number of credits at the level of merit or distinction.
     
  2. Turning up to and passing a face-to-face interview at the university.
     
  3. Completing a literacy or numeracy test provided by the institution.
     
  4. Completion of a work placement or period of work experience specified by the uni.
     
  5. We strongly recommend learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full L2 NVQ qualification in a related subject.

It is important that every student carries out their own research and makes sure that their diploma fits the entry criteria of their chosen university. learndirect will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma student who fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

Each unit of this course has been carefully selected to match the selection requirements of most universities with a science profile. To help you complete this Access to HE Diploma, but also to help you prepare for any university work and assessments that will include academic reports, or essays.

The feedback you will gain from your tutor will help you improve your knowledge and progress through your course. You will also gain the 60 credits needed to successfully complete your qualification. Of these credits, 45 should be earned by submitting graded units which are based on academic subject content. The other 15 credits will be drawn from ungraded units, which focus on study techniques.

 

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.

If you were born with an eager scientific mind and you take a unique interest in biology, the Access to HE Diploma (Science) – Biological Science Pathway may be your ticket to a shiny and profitable future. Addressing everything from cell metabolism to atomic structure, this route has been designed to supply learndirect students with the expertise they need to get to university.

Check you have chosen the right course

When you enrol on this course, you will study topics surrounding human biology, cell biology and biochemistry. On top of this you will also spend some time studying additional academic practice units which have been included to develop your fundamental study skills. These modules are particularly useful if you’ve been away from education a while.

It is important that you check that your Access to HE Diploma qualification will meet the entrance criteria for the degree course at the university of your choice. Admission criteria can vary across universities, so it’s advisable to contact your destination university and make sure you are on the right course.

How does the course work?

All of our Access to HE Diploma courses are delivered via distance learning. Studying this way is great for busy workers, parents and carers, because students can complete all the work from the comfort of their own home. This is because all of our materials can be accessed, completed and submitted online. Another bonus is that once enrolled, our students can start their course straight away. No waiting for September start dates. Working at their own speed, learners can choose to finish their qualification in as little as 6 months, or stretch it out over 18 months.

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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

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 cell.
  • 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 tract throughout life
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to puberty

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 health care.
  • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Understand how ultrasound is used in health care.

Unit 10: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy and organisation of the nervous system and how it co- ordinates the body.
  • Understand the structure and function of nerve cells and other cells in the nervous system.
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions.
  • Understand homeostasis.

Unit 11: The Brain & Nervous System   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 12: Physics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the connection between force and motion and be able to use Newton’s Laws of Motion.
  • Understand conservation of energy and momentum.
  • Understand the concepts and vocabulary of wave motion.

Unit 13: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease.
  • Understand specific immunity and the immune response.
  • Understand the biology of vaccination.
  • Understand how immune sensitivity may cause ill-health.

Unit 14: 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 15: 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 16: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand anatomical terminology.
  • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion.
  • Understand the muscular system.

 Unit 17: 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 18: Mechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand vectors and vector addition
  • Understand vector resolution
  • Understand the nature of uniformly accelerated motion
  • Understand projectile motion
  • Understand Newton’s Law of Motion
  • Understand momentum and it’s conservation
  • Understand the concepts of energy, work and power in physics
  • Understand internal energy
  • Understand the laws which ideal gases obey
  • Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases

Unit 19: Cell Metabolism

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the glycolytic pathway and fermentation of sugar to yield alcohol.
  • Understand the tricarboxylic acid cycle.
  • Understand the dark reactions in photosynthesis.
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles. 

 Unit 5: Atomic Structure 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand protons, neutrons and electrons in terms of their relative charges and masses.
  • Understand the distribution of protons, neutrons and electrons in an atom given its Atomic number and Mass number, including some isotopes.
  • Understand the number and relative energies of the s, p and d orbitals for the principal quantum numbers and know the shapes of s, p and d orbitals.
  • Understand how ionisation energies of elements relate to reactivity.
  • Understand the position of elements within the periodic table from ionisation energy data.

 Unit 7: Periodic Table

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the periodic table.
  • Understand periodicity in the elements of period 3.
  • Understand ionisation energy.
  • Understand oxidation and reduction.
  • Understand reactions of the Group 2 metals.
  • Understand the group 7 elements.

 Unit 9: Atomic Structure & Bonding

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of the atom.
  • Understand electronic structures.
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds

Unit 12: Chemical Bonding and Structure   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals

Unit 15: Hydrocarbons

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of organic compounds.
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkanes.
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkenes.

 Unit 16: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand anatomical terminology.
  • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion.
  • Understand the muscular system.

Unit 18: Chemical Change

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to measure the concentrations of solutions.
  • Understand energy changes during chemical reactions.
  • Understand factors influencing rates of chemical reactions.
  • Understand the concept of chemical equilibrium

Requirements

Those who are planning to study an Access to HE Diploma should first have achieved a GCSE in maths and English at grade C or above. We ask for these grades as most universities ask that students have them before they apply.

Although Access to HE Diploma courses fulfil the entry requirements for most higher education institutions, we would like to remind learndirect students to double check with the specific university or universities they want to attend. This is because institution may have its own list of particular requirements which students are expected to meet. Examples of such requirements include but are not limited to:

  1. Having gained a specific number of credits at the level of merit or distinction.
     
  2. Turning up to and passing a face-to-face interview at the university.
     
  3. Completing a literacy or numeracy test provided by the institution.
     
  4. Completion of a work placement or period of work experience specified by the uni.
     
  5. We strongly recommend learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full L2 NVQ qualification in a related subject.

It is important that every student carries out their own research and makes sure that their diploma fits the entry criteria of their chosen university. learndirect will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma student who fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

Each unit of this course has been carefully selected to match the selection requirements of most universities with a science profile. To help you complete this Access to HE Diploma, but also to help you prepare for any university work and assessments that will include academic reports, or essays.

The feedback you will gain from your tutor will help you improve your knowledge and progress through your course. You will also gain the 60 credits needed to successfully complete your qualification. Of these credits, 45 should be earned by submitting graded units which are based on academic subject content. The other 15 credits will be drawn from ungraded units, which focus on study techniques.

 

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.

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