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

Do you want to start a new career in the field of Health and Social Sciences, but lack the necessary qualifications? Then our Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) is for you. Designed for anyone with an ambition to go to university, the Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health), with a focus on biology, will help you meet the entry requirements of many social and healthcare degrees so that you can get to university, qualify and look forward to a future in your dream role.

This Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) takes a closer look at society and human relationships, how poverty relates to health, along with human biological systems. Also, as this is an Access to HE Diploma, it explores the challenge of promoting medical services to people of all backgrounds and making healthcare accessible to everyone, whilst delving into the healthcare system as a whole, including the history of the NHS. The curriculum was designed to provide a balanced view of Biological Science, Social Science and Healthcare topics to allow you to make the best decisions for your future.

In addition to this, the diploma will prepare you to gain a place on your chosen degree and thrive at university with modules on academic writing and independent research that will hone your study skills.

Designed as an alternative to A-levels, the Access to HE Diploma is perfect for you if you have been out of education for a long time, or if you do not meet the A-level grades required to apply for university.

As soon as you enrol, you will be able to access all the learning materials online, no matter where you are in the world. You will be in control of your study schedule as a result and able to fit your studies around your lifestyle, family and other commitments. But you won’t be alone on your learning journey; you will have guidance and support from our team of qualified and experienced tutors.

And, with learndirect, there is no need to wait until September to enrol on your Access to HE Diploma. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered through our virtual learning platform will give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of achieving a university degree.

After graduating from a Social Science or Health degree, you will be able to work for local government or the NHS, or you could focus on mental health and pursue counselling and educational roles. Many graduates go on to promote health in their communities through either youth or social work also. Careers in Social Sciences and Health are varied, rewarding and exciting, and your Access to HE Diploma is the first step to unlocking them.

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. 

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. 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 in conjunction with the standard 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 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 fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

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). 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.

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.

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

Do you want to start a new career in the field of Health and Social Sciences, but lack the necessary qualifications? Then our Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) is for you. Designed for anyone with an ambition to go to university, the Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health), with a focus on biology, will help you meet the entry requirements of many social and healthcare degrees so that you can get to university, qualify and look forward to a future in your dream role.

This Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) takes a closer look at society and human relationships, how poverty relates to health, along with human biological systems. Also, as this is an Access to HE Diploma, it explores the challenge of promoting medical services to people of all backgrounds and making healthcare accessible to everyone, whilst delving into the healthcare system as a whole, including the history of the NHS. The curriculum was designed to provide a balanced view of Biological Science, Social Science and Healthcare topics to allow you to make the best decisions for your future.

In addition to this, the diploma will prepare you to gain a place on your chosen degree and thrive at university with modules on academic writing and independent research that will hone your study skills.

Designed as an alternative to A-levels, the Access to HE Diploma is perfect for you if you have been out of education for a long time, or if you do not meet the A-level grades required to apply for university.

As soon as you enrol, you will be able to access all the learning materials online, no matter where you are in the world. You will be in control of your study schedule as a result and able to fit your studies around your lifestyle, family and other commitments. But you won’t be alone on your learning journey; you will have guidance and support from our team of qualified and experienced tutors.

And, with learndirect, there is no need to wait until September to enrol on your Access to HE Diploma. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered through our virtual learning platform will give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of achieving a university degree.

After graduating from a Social Science or Health degree, you will be able to work for local government or the NHS, or you could focus on mental health and pursue counselling and educational roles. Many graduates go on to promote health in their communities through either youth or social work also. Careers in Social Sciences and Health are varied, rewarding and exciting, and your Access to HE Diploma is the first step to unlocking them.

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. 

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. 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 in conjunction with the standard 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 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 fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

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). 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.

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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