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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

Overview

The Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals) is one of our most popular courses. This is because the healthcare sector offers a diverse range of challenging and exciting career paths for students to choose from. The carefully selected modules are full of content that allows students to understand the basis of the healthcare system and the human body.

An Access to Higher Education Diploma is the perfect means for learners who have been out of education for an extended period and wish to return to study. This Access to HE Diploma has been created as an alternative to more traditional qualifications, such as A-Levels. In the UK, many universities are happy to accept applications from students who hold, or are studying towards, this kind of qualification.

Check your course is the right one

It is important to check with the university of your choice that they will accept your Access to Higher Education Diploma as entrance criteria for the degree course you would like to study next as entrance policy can differ across universities.

On successful completion of this course you will have a good understanding of the healthcare sector and will be eligible to apply to a number of health-related undergraduate courses.

How does the course work?

As soon as you enrol with learndirect, you will be given online access to our interactive, easy to understand course materials. We can support you every step of the way and address any questions you may have about the process. Every student has access to their assigned tutors. You can get in touch with your assessor via phone, email or the instant messaging function within your learning portal.

Learndirect takes great pride in the flexibility we offer our students. For many people, the flexibility of distance learning is exactly what makes further study possible. However, to successfully complete an online course, it is important to develop the discipline to work independently. Setting achievable goals and working to a personal schedule will certainly help.

The Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals) can be completed in as little as six months or, if you need more time, 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:  The History of the National Health Service

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the reasons for the rise in public provision of healthcare between the mid19th century and 1948.
  • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service as part of the introduction of the Welfare State.
  • Understand the political trends which have shaped the National Health Service since 1948.
  • Understand the ethos of the contemporary 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 how diet may influence health.

 

Unit 7:  Social factors in healthcare

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 healthcare professionals.
  • Understand the role of professional bodies for healthcare professionals.
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to healthcare.
  • Understand the influence of healthcare professionals on healthcare policy.

 

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: 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 inequalities in health and illness.

 

Unit 12: The Human musculoskeletal system

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Unit 13: Approaches to health   

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Unit 14: 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 15: Human disease & prevention   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease
  • 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 definitions of and explanations for poverty and health.
  • Understand approaches to poverty and health.
  • Understand the 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 and the immune response.
  • Understand the biology of vaccination.
  • Understand how immune sensitivity may cause ill-health.
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds.

 

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

 

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 choose to start an Access to Higher Education Diploma, you will need a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue on to study a related degree at university.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a wide range of university degrees and are suitable to the UCAS application process, however each university has different admission requirements. It is always worth checking with the institution of your choice to avoid disappointment. 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 Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.

  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.

  5. Learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and 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 students fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

 

 

Assessment

Assessments are an important part of a student’s life. They help you progress, bringing you the grades that will help you qualify, and the feedback from your tutor that will improve your knowledge. Each of the units you will study is followed ban assignment that your tutor will evaluate.

In order to gain this qualification, you will need to achieve a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 are taken from graded units for the subjects with academic content, while the other 15 are ungraded units concerning study skills.

As part of your programme you will also receive guidance on your university application and the all support you need to get the most out of your diploma.

The approximate amount of time required to complete this course is 380 hours.

 

 

Qualifications

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

Open College Network West Midlands is a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Welsh Government and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), 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. Open College Network West Midlands 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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