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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science)

Savings End

Tuesday 11th of October

Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
100% online
learning
17 units
600 notional
learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Gain university entry without A Levels
  • Complete your course online
  • Pursue an environmental career or one working with animals
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Pass your course in less than a year
  • No exams
 

About Your Diploma

If you have a passion for conservation and agriculture and would love to work in a land-based industry or with animals, then going to university to study a degree related to this industry will put you in a strong position to achieve the career you want.
Before you can study your degree, you will need qualifications to meet entry requirements. Included in those requirements are A Levels, but if you don’t possess those, then an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) is a great alternative.
 
In fact, most universities accept these Level 3 qualifications instead of A Levels, but you must check with your chosen establishment before applying. An Access to HE Diploma is a vocational course that offers the perfect mixture of industry-based knowledge and study skills.
 
By studying land based science, you will explore a wide range of topics, including plant biology, animal biology, environmental management and more. All of these subjects will give you solid foundational knowledge, which you can use to build upon when you study your degree.
 
Not only will you study topics related to land based industries, but you will also learn a range of study skills that will prepare you for university, including academic writing skills and how to use spreadsheet software.
 
With this qualification, you will be in a strong position to study a degree that could potentially lead you into careers within agriculture, farming, land based engineering and more.
 

Getting Started

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) is delivered entirely online and there are no exams. You will have flexibility in terms of your study schedule, but you will have submission deadlines for your assignments. This will all be outlined simply for you in the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) you are issued with.
 
As soon as you enrol, you will be granted 24/7 access to all the course materials you need to achieve your Level 3 diploma. We have an industry-leading digital platform that provides everything you require in one easy-to-use place.
 
Not only that, but you can also contact our experienced tutors and Access Support Team to help you through your studies. Once you enrol, you will have a year to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma course, but on average, our learners complete it within 9 months

 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

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: Using Spreadsheet Software
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software
  • Know how to perform calculations on spreadsheet data
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software to create and develop charts
Unit 5: Algebraic Methods
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply series
  • Apply mathematical operations on logarithms
  • Apply mathematical operations on surds
  • Apply algebraic methods.
Unit 6: 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 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 8: Calculus
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply differentiation
  • Apply integration
  • Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems
Unit 9: Research Topic
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your Diploma title
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills
Unit 10: Aspects of Animal Biology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand aspects of cell biology
  • Understand a range of skeletal and locomotory systems in animals
  • Understand sensory organs in animals
Unit 11: Atomic Structure and Bonding
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the structure of the atom
  • Understand electronic structures
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds
Unit 12: Trigonometry
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply the trigonometrical functions
  • Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs
  • Apply trigonometry
Unit 13: Ecology, Ecosystems & Environmental Management
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand ecology and environmental relationships
  • Understand the techniques involved with management of an ecosystem
  • Understand the role of government and non-governmental bodies in environmental protection
Unit 14: 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 15: Statistical Research
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to Interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation
Unit 16: Plant Biology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how plants are classified
  • Understand pollination and fertilisation in flowering plants
  • Understand transport processes in plants
  • Understand plant hormones
Unit 17: 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

Entry Requirements

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2) with a desire to continue 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 HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the university
  3. Passing a university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  5. GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills)
 
Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
 
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions here

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 (Land Based 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 aiming to help you 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.

 

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 (Land Based Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40010429).

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 (English Studies). 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.

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.

An Access to Higher Eduction Diploma (Land Based Sciences) will give you foundational knowledge in a number of areas including ecology, the environment, chemistry, biology and physics.

Career
The main purpose of an Access to Higher Education Diploma is to prepare students for university, and with a land based science qualification covering a wealth of career options, you will have various degree subjects to choose from.
Our online course may help you narrow down your options if you are unsure about the best direction for you to take. Suitable degrees include:
  • Animal Studies
  • Arboriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Ecologist / Conservationist
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape and Garden Design
  • Agriculture

Further Qualifications and Prospects

Depending on the career you want to pursue, you may need to continue your studies. Some professions require a masters degree or specialist training. For example, if you want to become a Veterinary Nurse, you will need to study a degree that is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). You may also need to undergo specialist training.
 
Whatever career you decide to pursue, make sure you research the qualifications you need. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) is a great starting point.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Gain university entry without A Levels
  • Complete your course online
  • Pursue an environmental career or one working with animals
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Pass your course in less than a year
  • No exams
 

About Your Diploma

If you have a passion for conservation and agriculture and would love to work in a land-based industry or with animals, then going to university to study a degree related to this industry will put you in a strong position to achieve the career you want.
Before you can study your degree, you will need qualifications to meet entry requirements. Included in those requirements are A Levels, but if you don’t possess those, then an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) is a great alternative.
 
In fact, most universities accept these Level 3 qualifications instead of A Levels, but you must check with your chosen establishment before applying. An Access to HE Diploma is a vocational course that offers the perfect mixture of industry-based knowledge and study skills.
 
By studying land based science, you will explore a wide range of topics, including plant biology, animal biology, environmental management and more. All of these subjects will give you solid foundational knowledge, which you can use to build upon when you study your degree.
 
Not only will you study topics related to land based industries, but you will also learn a range of study skills that will prepare you for university, including academic writing skills and how to use spreadsheet software.
 
With this qualification, you will be in a strong position to study a degree that could potentially lead you into careers within agriculture, farming, land based engineering and more.
 

Getting Started

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) is delivered entirely online and there are no exams. You will have flexibility in terms of your study schedule, but you will have submission deadlines for your assignments. This will all be outlined simply for you in the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) you are issued with.
 
As soon as you enrol, you will be granted 24/7 access to all the course materials you need to achieve your Level 3 diploma. We have an industry-leading digital platform that provides everything you require in one easy-to-use place.
 
Not only that, but you can also contact our experienced tutors and Access Support Team to help you through your studies. Once you enrol, you will have a year to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma course, but on average, our learners complete it within 9 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 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: Using Spreadsheet Software
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software
  • Know how to perform calculations on spreadsheet data
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software to create and develop charts
Unit 5: Algebraic Methods
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply series
  • Apply mathematical operations on logarithms
  • Apply mathematical operations on surds
  • Apply algebraic methods.
Unit 6: 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 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 8: Calculus
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply differentiation
  • Apply integration
  • Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems
Unit 9: Research Topic
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your Diploma title
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills
Unit 10: Aspects of Animal Biology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand aspects of cell biology
  • Understand a range of skeletal and locomotory systems in animals
  • Understand sensory organs in animals
Unit 11: Atomic Structure and Bonding
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the structure of the atom
  • Understand electronic structures
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds
Unit 12: Trigonometry
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply the trigonometrical functions
  • Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs
  • Apply trigonometry
Unit 13: Ecology, Ecosystems & Environmental Management
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand ecology and environmental relationships
  • Understand the techniques involved with management of an ecosystem
  • Understand the role of government and non-governmental bodies in environmental protection
Unit 14: 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 15: Statistical Research
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to Interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation
Unit 16: Plant Biology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how plants are classified
  • Understand pollination and fertilisation in flowering plants
  • Understand transport processes in plants
  • Understand plant hormones
Unit 17: 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

Entry Requirements

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2) with a desire to continue 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 HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the university
  3. Passing a university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  5. GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills)
 
Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
 
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions here

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 (Land Based 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 aiming to help you 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 (Land Based Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40010429).

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 (English Studies). 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.

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.

An Access to Higher Eduction Diploma (Land Based Sciences) will give you foundational knowledge in a number of areas including ecology, the environment, chemistry, biology and physics.

Career
The main purpose of an Access to Higher Education Diploma is to prepare students for university, and with a land based science qualification covering a wealth of career options, you will have various degree subjects to choose from.
Our online course may help you narrow down your options if you are unsure about the best direction for you to take. Suitable degrees include:
  • Animal Studies
  • Arboriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Ecologist / Conservationist
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape and Garden Design
  • Agriculture

Further Qualifications and Prospects

Depending on the career you want to pursue, you may need to continue your studies. Some professions require a masters degree or specialist training. For example, if you want to become a Veterinary Nurse, you will need to study a degree that is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). You may also need to undergo specialist training.
 
Whatever career you decide to pursue, make sure you research the qualifications you need. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) is a great starting point.

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)

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