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

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Overview

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 course, 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 social science access course takes a closer look at society and human relationships, how poverty relates to health, along with biological systems. Also, as this is an access to health course, 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 different sciences and healthcare topics to allow you to make the best decisions for your future.

In addition to this, the diploma will prepare you to access higher education in biology 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 course 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 a dedicated tutor throughout your course. They will be available through our learning platform, over the phone or via email.

And, with learndirect, there is no need to wait until September to enrol on your Access to HE Diploma. You can begin studying whenever you’re ready and you can choose to complete your science and health qualification in as little as 6 months, or spread it out over 18 months if you prefer.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Biology 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: 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 reponding 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: 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: 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 8: Social Factors in Health and Social 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

 

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: The Human Muscular and Skeletal Systems

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion

 

Unit 11: Poverty and Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand approaches to poverty and health  
  • Understand approaches to the social distribution of health chances

 

 

Unit 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Unit 16: Inequalities in Health and Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of social, economic and environmental changes on the nature of morbidity and mortality in the UK
  • Understand the relationship between theories of health and welfare inequalities and health policies

 

 

Unit 17: 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 18:  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 19:  Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease using infectious disease to illustrate your answer
  • Understand the epidermiology 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. 
 
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

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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: (40008861).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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 course, 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 social science access course takes a closer look at society and human relationships, how poverty relates to health, along with biological systems. Also, as this is an access to health course, 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 different sciences and healthcare topics to allow you to make the best decisions for your future.

In addition to this, the diploma will prepare you to access higher education in biology 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 course 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 a dedicated tutor throughout your course. They will be available through our learning platform, over the phone or via email.

And, with learndirect, there is no need to wait until September to enrol on your Access to HE Diploma. You can begin studying whenever you’re ready and you can choose to complete your science and health qualification in as little as 6 months, or spread it out over 18 months if you prefer.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Biology 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: 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 reponding 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: 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: 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 8: Social Factors in Health and Social 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

 

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: The Human Muscular and Skeletal Systems

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion

 

Unit 11: Poverty and Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand approaches to poverty and health  
  • Understand approaches to the social distribution of health chances

 

 

Unit 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Unit 16: Inequalities in Health and Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of social, economic and environmental changes on the nature of morbidity and mortality in the UK
  • Understand the relationship between theories of health and welfare inequalities and health policies

 

 

Unit 17: 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 18:  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 19:  Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease using infectious disease to illustrate your answer
  • Understand the epidermiology 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. 
 
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

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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: (40008861).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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