Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) | learndirect

Tutor Support Included

Learning remotely doesn’t mean you’re on your own! You’ll be able to message your tutor through our industry-leading learning platform.

Flexible Payment Options

Enrol today for only £9.99 and pay no course fees until February. What’s more you’ll be able to access your course materials straight away!

Learn At Your Own Pace

Study wherever and whenever you want. You’ll have access to your course for two years so you can fit your learning around your other commitments.

Tutor Support Included

Learning remotely doesn’t mean you’re on your own! You’ll be able to message your tutor through our industry-leading learning platform.

Flexible Payment Options

Enrol today for only £9.99 and pay no course fees until February. What’s more you’ll be able to access your course materials straight away!

Learn At Your Own Pace

Study wherever and whenever you want. You’ll have access to your course for two years so you can fit your learning around your other commitments.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography)

OFFER ENDS

Tuesday 25th of January

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

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals
  • Get prepared for degree-level study
  • Kick-start a career in radiography 
  • Study from the comfort of your own home
  • No exams

About Your Diploma

Radiography is a crucial part of healthcare practices as it is a technique that is used across the board. This form of imaging is used to detect abnormalities or issues relating to the human body, from bones to organs.
 
To take and diagnose these images, you need to be a trained professional, and if this is something that interests you, then you can begin your career path by studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography).
 
You will study core scientific and medical principles essential to working with radiation and hazardous materials safely, as well as how to provide support for the patients in your care.
 
As part of your studies, you will also explore radiography as a process and the roles and responsibilities of various healthcare professionals.
 
The course, and the degree you’ll be eligible to study after, will provide you with a diverse range of knowledge and skills that will be invaluable wherever your career takes you.
 
An Access to Higher Education Diploma is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and it is widely accepted as the alternative to A Levels during university applications. Please note, though, that you should check with your chosen university before applying.
 
The purpose of this course is to not only provide you with foundational knowledge about radiography, but also enhance your study skills to help you navigate through your degree.
 

Getting Started

The course is developed by subject experts, in conjunction with universities to ensure the material will be of the greatest value to you when you start your degree.
 
This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) is an online course that gives you the freedom to study from the comfort of your own home. You will also be able to begin learning as soon as you enrol as you will be given 24/7 access to all the course materials you need.
 
As part of your course, you will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to help keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years although on average, learners take 9 to 12 months to achieve their qualification.
 
learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider, so you can be confident that you will get the support you need to succeed. In addition to our industry-leading learning platform, we’ll also provide you with a dedicated team of tutors who will help you throughout your studies. They will answer questions, mark your assignments, and provide detailed feedback. This will allow you to get the best possible grade and meet your learning goals
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: 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: 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: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular and skeletal system interact in locomotion

Unit 8: 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 9: The Roles and Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a chosen healthcare professional
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to healthcare

Unit 10: 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 epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

Unit 11: 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 the reactions of the Group 2 metals
  • Understand the Group 7 elements

Unit 12: 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 13: 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
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds

Unit 14: 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 16: Chemical Bonding and Structure  

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand electronic configuration using s, p, d notation
  • Understand ionic, covalent and dative covalent bonding
  • Understand polarisation and intermolecular forces
  • Understand the relationship between structure and properties of molecules
  • Understand electron pair repulsion theory
  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals

Unit 17: 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 18: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan an investigation which allows for the collection of statistical data
  • Be able to carry out an investigation
  • Be able to interpret and analyse results
  • Be able to evaluate an investigation
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.
 
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees. 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

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 (Radiography). 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

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012360)

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

 
Given that this Access to Higher Education Diploma specialises in radiography, you will be well placed to pursue a career in this sector. You will gain a solid understanding of this essential process, which will make you a desirable candidate for universities.
 
Once you have achieved your degree, you will be able to pursue a job position, but it is important to note that to work as a radiographer, you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
 
If you become a radiographer at practitioner level, then you could become a therapeutic radiographer, who focuses on planning and administering radiotherapy treatment. Alternatively, you may want to work as a diagnostic radiographer, who takes images to diagnose illnesses and injuries. If you go down this route, then you will likely work with the following methods:
 
  • Angiography
  • Computed tomography
  • Fluoroscopy
  • MRI
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound

Further Qualifications and Prospects

 

To achieve a step up in your radiography career, you could embark on postgraduate study to become an advanced practitioner, making you the expert voice in your industry. From a clinical perspective, you could specialise in the following areas:
  • Management and leadership
  • Research and service development
  • Education
You can also undertake postgraduate qualifications and training to become a consultant or an educator in your field.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals
  • Get prepared for degree-level study
  • Kick-start a career in radiography 
  • Study from the comfort of your own home
  • No exams

About Your Diploma

Radiography is a crucial part of healthcare practices as it is a technique that is used across the board. This form of imaging is used to detect abnormalities or issues relating to the human body, from bones to organs.
 
To take and diagnose these images, you need to be a trained professional, and if this is something that interests you, then you can begin your career path by studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography).
 
You will study core scientific and medical principles essential to working with radiation and hazardous materials safely, as well as how to provide support for the patients in your care.
 
As part of your studies, you will also explore radiography as a process and the roles and responsibilities of various healthcare professionals.
 
The course, and the degree you’ll be eligible to study after, will provide you with a diverse range of knowledge and skills that will be invaluable wherever your career takes you.
 
An Access to Higher Education Diploma is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and it is widely accepted as the alternative to A Levels during university applications. Please note, though, that you should check with your chosen university before applying.
 
The purpose of this course is to not only provide you with foundational knowledge about radiography, but also enhance your study skills to help you navigate through your degree.
 

Getting Started

The course is developed by subject experts, in conjunction with universities to ensure the material will be of the greatest value to you when you start your degree.
 
This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) is an online course that gives you the freedom to study from the comfort of your own home. You will also be able to begin learning as soon as you enrol as you will be given 24/7 access to all the course materials you need.
 
As part of your course, you will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to help keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years although on average, learners take 9 to 12 months to achieve their qualification.
 
learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider, so you can be confident that you will get the support you need to succeed. In addition to our industry-leading learning platform, we’ll also provide you with a dedicated team of tutors who will help you throughout your studies. They will answer questions, mark your assignments, and provide detailed feedback. This will allow you to get the best possible grade and meet your learning goals

Modules

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: 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: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular and skeletal system interact in locomotion

Unit 8: 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 9: The Roles and Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a chosen healthcare professional
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to healthcare

Unit 10: 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 epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

Unit 11: 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 the reactions of the Group 2 metals
  • Understand the Group 7 elements

Unit 12: 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 13: 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
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds

Unit 14: 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 16: Chemical Bonding and Structure  

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand electronic configuration using s, p, d notation
  • Understand ionic, covalent and dative covalent bonding
  • Understand polarisation and intermolecular forces
  • Understand the relationship between structure and properties of molecules
  • Understand electron pair repulsion theory
  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals

Unit 17: 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 18: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan an investigation which allows for the collection of statistical data
  • Be able to carry out an investigation
  • Be able to interpret and analyse results
  • Be able to evaluate an investigation

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.
 
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees. 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

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 (Radiography). 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 (Radiography) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012360)

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

 
Given that this Access to Higher Education Diploma specialises in radiography, you will be well placed to pursue a career in this sector. You will gain a solid understanding of this essential process, which will make you a desirable candidate for universities.
 
Once you have achieved your degree, you will be able to pursue a job position, but it is important to note that to work as a radiographer, you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
 
If you become a radiographer at practitioner level, then you could become a therapeutic radiographer, who focuses on planning and administering radiotherapy treatment. Alternatively, you may want to work as a diagnostic radiographer, who takes images to diagnose illnesses and injuries. If you go down this route, then you will likely work with the following methods:
 
  • Angiography
  • Computed tomography
  • Fluoroscopy
  • MRI
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound

Further Qualifications and Prospects

 

To achieve a step up in your radiography career, you could embark on postgraduate study to become an advanced practitioner, making you the expert voice in your industry. From a clinical perspective, you could specialise in the following areas:
  • Management and leadership
  • Research and service development
  • Education
You can also undertake postgraduate qualifications and training to become a consultant or an educator in your field.

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

Sign up to our Newsletter

Enrol now Call us