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

Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
100% online
learning
19 units
600 notional
learning hours
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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) - Biology Pathway

This Course at a Glance 

  • Explore the relationship between society and health 
  • Achieve an accredited qualification 
  • Earn the equivalent of 3 A Levels 
  • Get prepared for university 
  • 100% online learning 
  • No exams 

About Your Diploma 

If you have a keen interest in learning about our societal makeup and how medical services intertwine with it, then you may want to consider a career in social science. There are plenty of career opportunities that can come from achieving a degree related to social and healthcare, but before you get to that stage, you require certain qualifications. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway is a regulated online course that prepares you for degree-level study. It delves into societal structure and behaviours, as well as human relationships biological science. You will discover how poverty relates to health, take a closer look at why criminals commit the acts they do, the responsibilities of healthcare professionals and human biology. 

This accredited online course provides a balanced view of biological science, social science and healthcare topics, providing you with a base of knowledge that can be applied to various careers. In addition to delivering subject-specific topics, you will also cover academic and study skills, which will prepare you for study at university. 

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely regarded as the equivalent to 3 A Levels, so if you don’t possess A Levels, you can study this Level 3 equivalent to progress your academic path. Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, but please check with your chosen establishment before applying. 

Getting Started 

As the UK’s leading online learning provider, learndirect has helped more than 4 million students achieve their desired qualifications. When enrolling on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway, you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan, which will outline your submission deadlines, helping you stay on track. 

With the course being delivered online, you will have the flexibility to study wherever you please. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway must be completed within a year of starting it, but most learners complete the course within 9 months. 

This level of flexibility means that you can study around your existing commitments, making it ideal for people with children or those who work full-time. By studying for this accredited qualification, you will be taking significant steps towards your desired career. 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

Modules

Unit 1: 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 2: 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 3: Health and Wellbeing 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing.
  • Understand the expression of feelings and emotions and how these could be managed.
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed.

 

Unit 4: 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 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance.
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance.
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

 

Unit 6: 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 7: 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 8: The Roles & Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a chosen healthcare professional.
  • Understand the role of a professional/regulatory body for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Understand the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare.

 

Unit 9: 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.

 

Unit 10: 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 11: 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.

 

Unit 12: 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 possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders.

 

Unit 13: Human Nutrition and 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 14: Understanding Poverty

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand definitions of poverty.
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty.
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty

 

Unit 15: The Human Endocrine and Nervous Systems

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: The Brain and 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 17: Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand why different types of social drugs are used
  • Understand the classification of medicines and controlled drugs
  • Understand the impact of the use of social drugs and medicines on the individual and society

 

Unit 18: 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. 

Entry Requirements

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma needs to have a GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2) and a desire to continue 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. 

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used to support the UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas 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 university's proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments 
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience 
  5. GCSE Grade C/4 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. 

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

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions through your learning platform.

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 (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway.  

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. 

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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 = 40012566). This course has 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 

By achieving an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway, you will be able to progress towards a range of career avenues, depending on your interests and passions. Firstly, you will need to study a degree that is related to biological sciences, social science, or health, such as: 

  • Social Science 
  • Speech & Language Therapy 
  • Counselling 
  • Criminology & Policing 
  • Food Science and Nutrition 

With a degree, you can apply for and pursue various roles, and you will be eligible to work in multiple sectors. Whether you are keen to work in local government, the NHS, counselling, or education, studying a social science and health discipline will be hugely beneficial. 

Having this expert knowledge can allow you to make significant strides in changing social policy and equality in healthcare, as well as other societal trends and issues, should you decide to pursue this path. 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

Given the wide-ranging career options available, you may require additional qualifications. Many graduates opt to study a masters degree in social sciences as it gives them better standing when applying for certain roles. With a masters you could pursue the following roles: 

  • Psychologist 
  • Social Worker 
  • Menatl Health Nurse 
  • Many More 

Whatever career path you choose to take, you will be able to kick-start this journey by studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biological Pathway. 

  • SALE Savings End Midnight Wednesday 30th November
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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) - Biology Pathway

This Course at a Glance 

  • Explore the relationship between society and health 
  • Achieve an accredited qualification 
  • Earn the equivalent of 3 A Levels 
  • Get prepared for university 
  • 100% online learning 
  • No exams 

About Your Diploma 

If you have a keen interest in learning about our societal makeup and how medical services intertwine with it, then you may want to consider a career in social science. There are plenty of career opportunities that can come from achieving a degree related to social and healthcare, but before you get to that stage, you require certain qualifications. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway is a regulated online course that prepares you for degree-level study. It delves into societal structure and behaviours, as well as human relationships biological science. You will discover how poverty relates to health, take a closer look at why criminals commit the acts they do, the responsibilities of healthcare professionals and human biology. 

This accredited online course provides a balanced view of biological science, social science and healthcare topics, providing you with a base of knowledge that can be applied to various careers. In addition to delivering subject-specific topics, you will also cover academic and study skills, which will prepare you for study at university. 

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely regarded as the equivalent to 3 A Levels, so if you don’t possess A Levels, you can study this Level 3 equivalent to progress your academic path. Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, but please check with your chosen establishment before applying. 

Getting Started 

As the UK’s leading online learning provider, learndirect has helped more than 4 million students achieve their desired qualifications. When enrolling on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway, you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan, which will outline your submission deadlines, helping you stay on track. 

With the course being delivered online, you will have the flexibility to study wherever you please. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway must be completed within a year of starting it, but most learners complete the course within 9 months. 

This level of flexibility means that you can study around your existing commitments, making it ideal for people with children or those who work full-time. By studying for this accredited qualification, you will be taking significant steps towards your desired career. 

Modules

Unit 1: 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 2: 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 3: Health and Wellbeing 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing.
  • Understand the expression of feelings and emotions and how these could be managed.
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed.

 

Unit 4: 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 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance.
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance.
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

 

Unit 6: 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 7: 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 8: The Roles & Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a chosen healthcare professional.
  • Understand the role of a professional/regulatory body for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Understand the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare.

 

Unit 9: 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.

 

Unit 10: 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 11: 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.

 

Unit 12: 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 possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders.

 

Unit 13: Human Nutrition and 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 14: Understanding Poverty

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand definitions of poverty.
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty.
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty

 

Unit 15: The Human Endocrine and Nervous Systems

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: The Brain and 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 17: Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand why different types of social drugs are used
  • Understand the classification of medicines and controlled drugs
  • Understand the impact of the use of social drugs and medicines on the individual and society

 

Unit 18: 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. 

Entry Requirements

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma needs to have a GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2) and a desire to continue 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. 

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used to support the UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas 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 university's proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments 
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience 
  5. GCSE Grade C/4 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. 

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

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions through your learning platform.

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 (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway.  

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

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 = 40012566). This course has 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 

By achieving an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway, you will be able to progress towards a range of career avenues, depending on your interests and passions. Firstly, you will need to study a degree that is related to biological sciences, social science, or health, such as: 

  • Social Science 
  • Speech & Language Therapy 
  • Counselling 
  • Criminology & Policing 
  • Food Science and Nutrition 

With a degree, you can apply for and pursue various roles, and you will be eligible to work in multiple sectors. Whether you are keen to work in local government, the NHS, counselling, or education, studying a social science and health discipline will be hugely beneficial. 

Having this expert knowledge can allow you to make significant strides in changing social policy and equality in healthcare, as well as other societal trends and issues, should you decide to pursue this path. 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

Given the wide-ranging career options available, you may require additional qualifications. Many graduates opt to study a masters degree in social sciences as it gives them better standing when applying for certain roles. With a masters you could pursue the following roles: 

  • Psychologist 
  • Social Worker 
  • Menatl Health Nurse 
  • Many More 

Whatever career path you choose to take, you will be able to kick-start this journey by studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biological Pathway. 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)

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