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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway

Your Course at a Glance 

  • 100% online learning 
  • Career prospects in Health and Medical Sciences 
  • Progress to degree-level study 
  • Can be completed in 9-12 months 
  • Schedule your own study time 
  • Gain a QAA recognised qualification 

About Your Diploma 

The medical and healthcare sphere is vast and wide, opening up a realm of career opportunities. If you have a certain career path in mind, undertaking the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway will give you valuable foundation knowledge. With this accredited qualification, you can move on to degree-level study. 

You will cover a multitude of units over the course of your online study, including:  

  • Cell biology 
  • Atomic structure 
  • Radioactivity 
  • Human immunity 

By covering a wealth of topics, you will enhance your overall knowledge in a sector that is constantly thriving and developing. 

Access Healthcare Careers Without A Levels 

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway is the first step towards a career in health and medical science professions, as it prepares you to go to university without having to go back to college. 

A qualification of this calibre is widely regarded as an alternative to A Levels. 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. 

Refresh Your Study Skills 

To ensure that you are ready for the challenges of university level education, this course provides the perfect level of academic study. With modules that help to improve your writing and research skills, as well as specific units on Biology, Chemistry and Physics, this diploma will get you ready for your chosen undergraduate degree. 

Getting Started 

As soon as you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway course with learndirect, you can begin your journey! You will get access to all of the course materials you need to study online, and you will also be able to contact our experienced tutors and dedicated Access Support Team. 

Keep Track of Your Assignments 

An Individual Learning Plan will be issued, containing submission deadlines for your assignments to help keep you on track. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years, but most students complete their course within 9-12 months. With the course being 100% online, you can learn from the comfort of your own home. 

Study on Your Terms 

Whether you work full-time or have family commitments, you can study around your schedule. Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, so you could potentially secure a position at the university of your choice 

+ Free Upgrade Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support PLUS On-Demand & Live Classes
Access your course materials immediately
Tutor support via our market-leading platform
Study around existing commitments
Progress as quickly as you’d like
Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
Industry-leading 3 days marking turnaround
Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)  
Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand  
Interact with your tutors directly during your class  
Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality  
Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like  
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

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: 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 
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles 

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 
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds 

Unit 12: Human Immunity 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

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

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 healthcare 
  • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum 
  • Understand how ultrasound is used in healthcare 

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, 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 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 
  • 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 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 

If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway, you need to meet certain entry requirements. 

GCSEs 

A GSCE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above will be required as it is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degree-level study. This is a requirement as, if you are thinking of enrolling on this Access to HE Diploma, you should have a desire to study a degree related to the subject of your Diploma at university. If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to Higher Education Diploma.  

University Entry Criteria 

To study a relevant degree at university, you will also need Level 3 qualifications, which would typically be a combination of A Levels. Given that Access to HE Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A Levels, most universities will accept them as part of their entry requirements. It is important to note, though, that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may 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 C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) 

Your Responsibility 

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 

*Please note that this course is eligible for UK residents only.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway includes a number of units containing rich, interactive study materials. At the end of each unit of study, you will need to complete an assignment, which your tutor will then mark and provide you with feedback and a grade to help you progress. 

Credits 

To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits, which are divided into units. You receive these credits through the completion of assignments, and the credits are split into two categories: 

  • Graded - Units that are focused on academic subject areas make up 45 credits 
  • Ungraded - The remaining 15 credits are from ungraded units that aim to improve your academic writing and study skills 

As part of your programme, you will also receive guidance on how to put together your university application as well as the research you need 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 (Science), you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref: (40008848). 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.

Career 

Developing Your Career 

By obtaining an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway, you can embark on further study in a related career of your choice. The options are vast and extensive such as the broad spectrum of units that you cover during the course. 

The foundation knowledge that you gain will allow you to branch out into a range of Health and Medical Science degrees. Before undertaking the Access to HE Diploma, it is likely that you already had a career path in mind. It is always worth noting, though, that you are not limited when it comes to further study. 

Degrees You Could Study 

Should your chosen university accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, you can go on to study degrees in many areas, including the following: 

  • Pharmacy 
  • Radiography 
  • Paramedic Science 
  • Biomedical Science 
  • Dentistry 
  • Veterinary Practice 
  • Dental Nursing 

Please note that the above list is subject to change and entry requirements for these courses can differ between universities. 

Further Qualifications and Prospects  

Once you have progressed into the career of your choice, you should be aware that many professions in this sector require mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD). You will have to undertake a certain number of hours in order to maintain your registration. This is to make sure that you are up to date on current practices so that you can continue to perform competently. 

Not only that, but you will be able to enhance your skillset and potentially progress towards another area of practice. Depending on your profession, you will have to undertake CPD courses. 

Examples of study you can embark on include: 

Your opportunities don’t end there, you can undertake postgraduate qualifications if you want to advance your role or even become a Lecturer or Researcher. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway is a QAA nationally recognised Level 3 qualification. By completing this course, you will get the equivalent of three A Level qualifications.
You don’t have to go to university, however, Access to HE Diplomas are designed with the purpose of helping you get accepted onto a university degree. If you choose not to go to university after the course, the foundation knowledge you will have gained about medicine and healthcare professions will enable you to pursue various entry-level roles in the healthcare system that don’t require a degree.
You get up to two years to complete this online medicine and healthcare professions course, but you can complete it in as quick as six months. Most of our learners have it finished and are ready to go to university within 9-12 months.
You don’t need qualifications to enrol but you will need an English and Maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications by the time you apply to university.
Yes! As part of your medicine and healthcare professions course study package, we provide you with help and guidance with your university application.
  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480
  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480
Live Classes Upgrade

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway

Your Course at a Glance 

  • 100% online learning 
  • Career prospects in Health and Medical Sciences 
  • Progress to degree-level study 
  • Can be completed in 9-12 months 
  • Schedule your own study time 
  • Gain a QAA recognised qualification 

About Your Diploma 

The medical and healthcare sphere is vast and wide, opening up a realm of career opportunities. If you have a certain career path in mind, undertaking the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway will give you valuable foundation knowledge. With this accredited qualification, you can move on to degree-level study. 

You will cover a multitude of units over the course of your online study, including:  

  • Cell biology 
  • Atomic structure 
  • Radioactivity 
  • Human immunity 

By covering a wealth of topics, you will enhance your overall knowledge in a sector that is constantly thriving and developing. 

Access Healthcare Careers Without A Levels 

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway is the first step towards a career in health and medical science professions, as it prepares you to go to university without having to go back to college. 

A qualification of this calibre is widely regarded as an alternative to A Levels. 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. 

Refresh Your Study Skills 

To ensure that you are ready for the challenges of university level education, this course provides the perfect level of academic study. With modules that help to improve your writing and research skills, as well as specific units on Biology, Chemistry and Physics, this diploma will get you ready for your chosen undergraduate degree. 

Getting Started 

As soon as you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway course with learndirect, you can begin your journey! You will get access to all of the course materials you need to study online, and you will also be able to contact our experienced tutors and dedicated Access Support Team. 

Keep Track of Your Assignments 

An Individual Learning Plan will be issued, containing submission deadlines for your assignments to help keep you on track. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years, but most students complete their course within 9-12 months. With the course being 100% online, you can learn from the comfort of your own home. 

Study on Your Terms 

Whether you work full-time or have family commitments, you can study around your schedule. Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, so you could potentially secure a position at the university of your choice 

+ Free Upgrade Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support PLUS On-Demand & Live Classes
Access your course materials immediately
Tutor support via our market-leading platform
Study around existing commitments
Progress as quickly as you’d like
Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
Industry-leading 3 days marking turnaround
Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)  
Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand  
Interact with your tutors directly during your class  
Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality  
Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like  

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: 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 
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles 

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 
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds 

Unit 12: Human Immunity 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

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

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 healthcare 
  • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum 
  • Understand how ultrasound is used in healthcare 

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, 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 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 
  • 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 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

If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway, you need to meet certain entry requirements. 

GCSEs 

A GSCE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above will be required as it is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degree-level study. This is a requirement as, if you are thinking of enrolling on this Access to HE Diploma, you should have a desire to study a degree related to the subject of your Diploma at university. If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to Higher Education Diploma.  

University Entry Criteria 

To study a relevant degree at university, you will also need Level 3 qualifications, which would typically be a combination of A Levels. Given that Access to HE Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A Levels, most universities will accept them as part of their entry requirements. It is important to note, though, that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may 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 C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) 

Your Responsibility 

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 

*Please note that this course is eligible for UK residents only.

Assessment

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway includes a number of units containing rich, interactive study materials. At the end of each unit of study, you will need to complete an assignment, which your tutor will then mark and provide you with feedback and a grade to help you progress. 

Credits 

To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits, which are divided into units. You receive these credits through the completion of assignments, and the credits are split into two categories: 

  • Graded - Units that are focused on academic subject areas make up 45 credits 
  • Ungraded - The remaining 15 credits are from ungraded units that aim to improve your academic writing and study skills 

As part of your programme, you will also receive guidance on how to put together your university application as well as the research you need 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 (Science), you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref: (40008848). 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.

Career 

Developing Your Career 

By obtaining an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway, you can embark on further study in a related career of your choice. The options are vast and extensive such as the broad spectrum of units that you cover during the course. 

The foundation knowledge that you gain will allow you to branch out into a range of Health and Medical Science degrees. Before undertaking the Access to HE Diploma, it is likely that you already had a career path in mind. It is always worth noting, though, that you are not limited when it comes to further study. 

Degrees You Could Study 

Should your chosen university accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, you can go on to study degrees in many areas, including the following: 

  • Pharmacy 
  • Radiography 
  • Paramedic Science 
  • Biomedical Science 
  • Dentistry 
  • Veterinary Practice 
  • Dental Nursing 

Please note that the above list is subject to change and entry requirements for these courses can differ between universities. 

Further Qualifications and Prospects  

Once you have progressed into the career of your choice, you should be aware that many professions in this sector require mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD). You will have to undertake a certain number of hours in order to maintain your registration. This is to make sure that you are up to date on current practices so that you can continue to perform competently. 

Not only that, but you will be able to enhance your skillset and potentially progress towards another area of practice. Depending on your profession, you will have to undertake CPD courses. 

Examples of study you can embark on include: 

Your opportunities don’t end there, you can undertake postgraduate qualifications if you want to advance your role or even become a Lecturer or Researcher. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway is a QAA nationally recognised Level 3 qualification. By completing this course, you will get the equivalent of three A Level qualifications.
You don’t have to go to university, however, Access to HE Diplomas are designed with the purpose of helping you get accepted onto a university degree. If you choose not to go to university after the course, the foundation knowledge you will have gained about medicine and healthcare professions will enable you to pursue various entry-level roles in the healthcare system that don’t require a degree.
You get up to two years to complete this online medicine and healthcare professions course, but you can complete it in as quick as six months. Most of our learners have it finished and are ready to go to university within 9-12 months.
You don’t need qualifications to enrol but you will need an English and Maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications by the time you apply to university.
Yes! As part of your medicine and healthcare professions course study package, we provide you with help and guidance with your university application.
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)

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