Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions)

Overview

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions) is a generalist specified diploma with a balance of Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. This Access to Higher Education Diploma is a popular, nationally recognised qualification designed to provide you with the skills needed to apply for education degree courses at universities.

This distance learning course is suitable if you wish to take medicine and healthcare related courses at university, but don’t have the required entry qualifications. It’s been created for learners who’ve been out of full time education for some time.

There’s no waiting to enrol on a specific start date (traditionally September) as this Access to Higher Education diploma can be studied from home at anytime in the year. Distance learning allows you to be really flexible with your studies. Fit this online course around your other commitments and responsibilities, such as work or family. Remember that this is distance learning so the Access to Higher Education Diploma fits into your life rather than the other way round. You can choose how long you’d like to study your Access to Higher Education Diploma for. The minimum expected time a learner would take to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma is 9 months, the maximum is 2 years. After a short amount of time on the course you’ll be capable of things you hadn’t previously thought possible.

How does my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions) work?

All of our course materials are easy to understand and provide you with a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You’ll be allocated a Learner Support Advisor who’ll have regular contact with you via our platform, by phone, email or text. You’ll be responsible for setting your own study schedule to fit around your lifestyle and responsibilities; you can therefore study at your own pace and in your own way.

Whilst you will have a great deal of flexibility with your studies, you’ll need to develop the discipline to study independently as well as be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available. Contact is all available with fellow students via our unique platform, and through debates and forums where you can share thoughts and ideas.

How will my Access to Higher Education Diploma be assessed?

Your chosen pathway will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You’ll find ‘assessment planners’ included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your personal tutor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you feedback about the work you’ve produced, and how you can improve.

All assignments provide the evidence required to award you with learning credits. You will need 60 credits to achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Of the 60 credits required, 15 will be ungraded and 45 will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What happens after the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

The goal is for you to be fully prepared, so you can apply to a University and begin your journey on a Medicine or Healthcare related degree course.

After successfully completing an undergraduate course at university, you as a graduate, can enter a wide range of careers. These could include nursing, dentistry, pharmaceuticals and many more.

If you make the most of your time at university then it will open doors to a range of exciting career options, which could include (but are not limited to):

  • National Health Service
  • Laboratory and pharmaceuticals
  • Counselling

Course modules

Module 1: Preparing to study

On completion of this module 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 module 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 module 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 module 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: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this module 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 6: Radioactivity

On completion of this module 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

Module 7: Electromagnetic spectrum

On completion of this module 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 XRays in medical applications

Module 8:  Physics

On completion of this module 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

Module 9:  Medical physics

On completion of this module 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 health care
  • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum
  • Understand how ultrasound is used in health care

Module 10: Atomic structure

On completion of this module 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

Module 11: Atomic structure and bonding

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the structure of the atom
  • Understand electronic structures
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds

Module 12: Chemical bonding and structure

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand electronic configuration using s,p,d notation
  • Understand ionic, covalent and dative covalent bonding
  • Understand polarisation and intermolecular forces
  • Understand the relationship between structure and properties of molecules
  • Understand electron pair repulsion theory
  • Understand the nature of organicchemicals

Module 13: Periodic table

On completion of this module 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

Module 14: Chemical change 

On completion of this module 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

Module 15: Human nutrition & the digestive system

On completion of this module 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 16: Human reproduction, growth & development

On completion of this module 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 17: The human musculo-skeletal system

On completion of this module you will:

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

Module 18: Cell biology

On completion of this module you will:

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

Module 19: The brain & nervous system

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

Requirements

All learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) and aspire to study a related degree at university.

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 Higher Education 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 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).

Each learner 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. This research should be undertaken as soon as possible. learndirect will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment

After each graded and ungraded unit there will be an assignment which needs to be completed and submitted online to your assessor for marking. You'll find 'assessment planners' included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your assessor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you've produced, and how you can improve.

The assignments contain one or a combinations of 2 tasks that you need to complete. As an example this could be any combination of a short series of questions, an essay, an academic report or a presentation. Learners must work their way through their ungraded and graded course units and attempt to get as many “Distinction” credits as possible. These are important as a minimum amount maybe specified in your university degree entrance criteria.

This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 360 hrs.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (400/0519/7). 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.

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.

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