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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions)

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Overview

If you want to access higher education in medicine or a career in healthcare, but lack the formal A-level qualifications to do so, then this Access to HE Diploma is the perfect course for you. This diploma is the first step to your career in medicine or other healthcare professions, as it prepares you to go to university and qualify, without having to go back to college.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely-respected alternatives to traditional college qualifications. Therefore, they are the perfect option if you have been out of education for a long time, or if you do not meet the A-level entry requirements for higher education.

To ensure you are ready for the challenges of university study, this access to healthcare course provides the perfect balance between skill development and academic study. With modules that teach you writing and research skills, as well as specific units on medicine, biology, chemistry and physics, this science-oriented diploma will get you ready for any healthcare degree.

Although most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas, it is recommended that you check you meet the entry criteria of the institution you wish to attend before you apply. University admission policies differ so it is worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs.

With learndirect, there is no need to wait until September to enrol on your Access to HE Medicine Diploma. You can start studying from the moment you enrol, all year round. You can complete your course in as little as 6 months or stretch it out over 18 months.

Once you have enrolled, you will be able to access all the course materials online. As a result, you will be in complete control of your study schedule so that it suits your lifestyle and commitments. Through our learning platform, over the phone or via email, you will also have access to an experienced and dedicated tutor, who will guide and help you every step of the way.

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 course has been designed to provide you with all the necessary knowledge to prepare you for the university application process so that you can begin your medical or healthcare-related degree smoothly. Once you graduate, you will be able to enter a wide range of careers in areas including pharmaceuticals, dentistry, and physiotherapy.

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: 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 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: 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 8: 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: 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.

Unit 10: 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 11: 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: 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 13: 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 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: 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 16: 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 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

Unit 18: 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.

Requirements

For those who choose to start an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is worth noting 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 a related degree at university.

While every care has been taken to ensure our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a wide range of university degrees and be suitable to the UCAS application process, each university has different admission requirements. It is 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

Each diploma contains several units containing rich, interactive study materials. At the end of each of these units, students are required to complete an assignment. Once they have completed each piece of work, learners submit it to one of our tutors, who will then mark and return it with some useful feedback and points for improvement.

In order to successfully complete the Medicine and Healthcare Professions Access to HE Diploma, you will need to achieve a total of 60 credits divided into 45 for graded units of academic content and 15 credits for ungraded units regarding study skills.

The approximate amount of time required to complete this course is 360 hrs.

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 (Medicine & Healthcare Professions) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40008836). 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 want to access higher education in medicine or a career in healthcare, but lack the formal A-level qualifications to do so, then this Access to HE Diploma is the perfect course for you. This diploma is the first step to your career in medicine or other healthcare professions, as it prepares you to go to university and qualify, without having to go back to college.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely-respected alternatives to traditional college qualifications. Therefore, they are the perfect option if you have been out of education for a long time, or if you do not meet the A-level entry requirements for higher education.

To ensure you are ready for the challenges of university study, this access to healthcare course provides the perfect balance between skill development and academic study. With modules that teach you writing and research skills, as well as specific units on medicine, biology, chemistry and physics, this science-oriented diploma will get you ready for any healthcare degree.

Although most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas, it is recommended that you check you meet the entry criteria of the institution you wish to attend before you apply. University admission policies differ so it is worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs.

With learndirect, there is no need to wait until September to enrol on your Access to HE Medicine Diploma. You can start studying from the moment you enrol, all year round. You can complete your course in as little as 6 months or stretch it out over 18 months.

Once you have enrolled, you will be able to access all the course materials online. As a result, you will be in complete control of your study schedule so that it suits your lifestyle and commitments. Through our learning platform, over the phone or via email, you will also have access to an experienced and dedicated tutor, who will guide and help you every step of the way.

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 course has been designed to provide you with all the necessary knowledge to prepare you for the university application process so that you can begin your medical or healthcare-related degree smoothly. Once you graduate, you will be able to enter a wide range of careers in areas including pharmaceuticals, dentistry, and physiotherapy.

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: 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 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: 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 8: 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: 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.

Unit 10: 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 11: 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: 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 13: 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 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: 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 16: 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 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

Unit 18: 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.

Requirements

For those who choose to start an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is worth noting 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 a related degree at university.

While every care has been taken to ensure our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a wide range of university degrees and be suitable to the UCAS application process, each university has different admission requirements. It is 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

Each diploma contains several units containing rich, interactive study materials. At the end of each of these units, students are required to complete an assignment. Once they have completed each piece of work, learners submit it to one of our tutors, who will then mark and return it with some useful feedback and points for improvement.

In order to successfully complete the Medicine and Healthcare Professions Access to HE Diploma, you will need to achieve a total of 60 credits divided into 45 for graded units of academic content and 15 credits for ungraded units regarding study skills.

The approximate amount of time required to complete this course is 360 hrs.

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 (Medicine & Healthcare Professions) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40008836). 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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