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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

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Overview

This qualification has been created as a means for those lacking formal A-levels to unlock access to higher education in healthcare, when it would normally be impossible.

Access to HE Diplomas are widely recognised by universities as alternative qualifications for those who do not have sufficient A-levels to enrol on a degree programme. Careers in the healthcare sector are fiercely competitive and a degree is the surest way to qualify and achieve more as a professional. An Access to Higher Education Diploma is the first step in your journey to obtaining your dream career.

With modules on anatomy, biology, genetics and social policy, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) will offer you an ample view into the healthcare system so that, by the end of it, you can decide which career path is best for you. At the same time, this Access to HE Diploma prepares you for the challenges of independent study with modules on academic writing, research and assignment preparation so you’re ready to tackle any university degree course.

By the end of this diploma, you will have a better understanding of the healthcare sector and be eligible to apply for a place on many health-related undergraduate courses.

As soon as you enrol with learndirect, you will be given online access to our interactive learning materials. Our dedicated tutors will support you every step of the way and address any questions you may have about the process. 

For many people, the flexibility of distance learning makes studying possible, as it allows you to fit your studies around your busy schedule. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.


Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and its delivery through our virtual learning platform will give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of achieving a university degree.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) will fully prepare you to apply for university so you can begin your journey on a healthcare-related degree. Once you graduate, you will be able to enter a wide range of careers such as Physiotherapy, Dentistry, or Operating Department Practice.

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:  The History of the National Health Service

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service.

  • Understand how political reforms have shaped the National Health Service.

Unit 6: Human nutrition & 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 7:  Social factors in Health and Social care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals.
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health.
  • Understand the significance of social support networks in healthcare and maintenance.

Unit 8: Introduction to psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology.
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research.

Unit 9: The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare professional.
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to 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: Inequalities in health & illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of social, economic and environmental changes on the nature of morbidity and mortality in the UK.
  • Understand the relationship between theories of health and welfare inequalities and health policies.

Unit 12: The Human musculoskeletal 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 13: Approaches to health   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different definitions of health and ill health.
  • Understand different explanatory models of health and ill health.
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives on health.
  • Understand the different ways in which people respond to illness.

Unit 14: The Brain & Nervous System (psychology)   

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 15: Human disease & 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 16: Poverty & health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand approaches to poverty and health.
  • Understand approaches to the social distribution of health chances.

Unit 17: Human immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 18: 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 19: Equality and diversity within healthcare   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand equality and diversity within healthcare.
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting.
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare.

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 as 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 (Health Professionals). 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 (Health Professionals) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 4000773X). 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

This qualification has been created as a means for those lacking formal A-levels to unlock access to higher education in healthcare, when it would normally be impossible.

Access to HE Diplomas are widely recognised by universities as alternative qualifications for those who do not have sufficient A-levels to enrol on a degree programme. Careers in the healthcare sector are fiercely competitive and a degree is the surest way to qualify and achieve more as a professional. An Access to Higher Education Diploma is the first step in your journey to obtaining your dream career.

With modules on anatomy, biology, genetics and social policy, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) will offer you an ample view into the healthcare system so that, by the end of it, you can decide which career path is best for you. At the same time, this Access to HE Diploma prepares you for the challenges of independent study with modules on academic writing, research and assignment preparation so you’re ready to tackle any university degree course.

By the end of this diploma, you will have a better understanding of the healthcare sector and be eligible to apply for a place on many health-related undergraduate courses.

As soon as you enrol with learndirect, you will be given online access to our interactive learning materials. Our dedicated tutors will support you every step of the way and address any questions you may have about the process. 

For many people, the flexibility of distance learning makes studying possible, as it allows you to fit your studies around your busy schedule. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.


Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and its delivery through our virtual learning platform will give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of achieving a university degree.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) will fully prepare you to apply for university so you can begin your journey on a healthcare-related degree. Once you graduate, you will be able to enter a wide range of careers such as Physiotherapy, Dentistry, or Operating Department Practice.

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:  The History of the National Health Service

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service.

  • Understand how political reforms have shaped the National Health Service.

Unit 6: Human nutrition & 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 7:  Social factors in Health and Social care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals.
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health.
  • Understand the significance of social support networks in healthcare and maintenance.

Unit 8: Introduction to psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology.
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research.

Unit 9: The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare professional.
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to 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: Inequalities in health & illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of social, economic and environmental changes on the nature of morbidity and mortality in the UK.
  • Understand the relationship between theories of health and welfare inequalities and health policies.

Unit 12: The Human musculoskeletal 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 13: Approaches to health   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different definitions of health and ill health.
  • Understand different explanatory models of health and ill health.
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives on health.
  • Understand the different ways in which people respond to illness.

Unit 14: The Brain & Nervous System (psychology)   

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 15: Human disease & 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 16: Poverty & health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand approaches to poverty and health.
  • Understand approaches to the social distribution of health chances.

Unit 17: Human immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 18: 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 19: Equality and diversity within healthcare   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand equality and diversity within healthcare.
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting.
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare.

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 as 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 (Health Professionals). 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 (Health Professionals) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 4000773X). 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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