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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) - Biology

Overview

Do you want to start a new career and make a difference in your local community but don’t have the necessary qualifications? 

Designed for anyone with the ambition to go to university, the Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) with a focus on biology, will meet the entry requirements of many social science courses.

Studying social science will focus on society and human relationships, making healthcare available to everyone, taking on the challenge of promoting medical services to people of all backgrounds along with researching how poverty relates to health and the history of the NHS, alongside biological systems. During your studies, the course will also prepare you to take the step up to university, to write academic assignments and to carry out independent research. 

Once you have completed the course, you will be able to follow on to a degree programme, confident that you have the skills to communicate ideas effectively and carry out independent analytical research. 
After you graduate, you will be able to work for the local government or the NHS. Many graduates have decided to promote health in their community through either youth or social work. 

There is also scope to go into counselling or educational roles, with a focus on mental health. 

Check your new qualification is right for you

We strongly recommend that you contact the university, or teaching institution, you wish to attend and check that the entrance criteria for the degree course you aspire to can be met by this qualification. University admissions policies differ so it’s worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs.

How does the course work? 

Once you enrol on the course, you will be able to take advantage of the interactive resources we have to offer on our online portal. The course materials are easy to understand and experienced tutors and fellow students will be available to offer the advice and guidance via phone, email or even instant messaging.

As this is a distance learning course, students will have full responsibility for their own study schedule. This means you will need to develop the self-discipline to work independently and learn how to set your own realistic targets. 

We will also provide you with a learning plan to follow that sets out deadlines to work towards, to help you get the most out of your course. We will also guide you through the university application process, if you need it once you finished your diploma.

 

Modules

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 4: Independent research 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Module 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 health care 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

Module 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application
  • Understand personal HE opportunities
  • Understand the financial implications of further study
  • Know how to apply for a course

Module 7: 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

Module 8: Introduction to cognitive psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues

Module 9: Abnormal psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand therapy used to treat people with psychological disorders

Module 10: 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

Module 11: The human musculo-skeletal system

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Module 12: 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

Module 13: 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

Module 14: Cell biology  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the cell
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide

Module 15:  Introduction to sociology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution

Module 16:  Sociology of health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand concepts and models of health
  • Understand the social construction of health and ill health
  • Understand alternative approaches to health

Module 17: 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

Module 18:  Social factors in health 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 health care and maintenance

Requirements

 
Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have 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. 
 
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE courses have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:
 
1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
3. Passing a 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

The Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 qualification is recognised across the nation, it is also regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) is made up of a range of modules which each comes across attached to an assignment. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will mark each assignment and return it with detailed feedback. 

You must achieve 60 credits in total in order to complete the Access to HE Diploma in Social Science and Health, 45 of these credits are taken from graded units and the remaining 15 credits are ungraded units with are included to help develop your studies.

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

 

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education (Social Science and Health)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40005203).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 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. 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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