Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) - Teaching Science

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) - Teaching Science

Overview

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) is an alternative to A-Levels that fast-tracks the process of getting to university. Made up of several study pathways, the qualification offers a choice of modules to ensure you meet the entry requirements of a range of degree courses. The teaching science pathway is tailored to students targeting a career in scientific education.

The course is also completely adaptable, with flexible study options. As a distance learning programme, it offers full tutor support while you work remotely. You can create a schedule that works for you, without disrupting family life or your professional commitments.

Start your Access to Higher Education Diploma at any point during the year. Plan your course to fit around university application deadlines.

How does my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) 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 (Education) be assessed?

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You’ll find ‘assignment 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 with 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 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) will prepare you to take on a university degree course. You’ll develop the study skills to complete assignments and work independently. You can apply to university through UCAS once your qualification is complete.

Following a degree, you could go on to achieve a PGCE and become a science teacher. Other opportunities include starting a career as a researcher, pharmacologist or science administrator.

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: An introduction to classroom teaching

On completion of this module you will:

  • Plan and prepare for teaching within the National Curriculum
  • Understand the importance of classroom design

Module 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Cell biology

On completion of this module you will:

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

Module 10: Theories of child development

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work in child development. 
  • Understand alternative theories of development. 
  • Understand how stages of development link to practical situations. 

Module 11: Behaviour problems in the classroom

On completion of this module you will:

  • Recognise anti-social behaviour
  • Recognise anti-institutional behaviour
  • Understand the formal discipline processes/procedures of a school
  • Understand the informal methods of implementing discipline within a classroom setting
  • Understand some of the underlying causes of behavioural problems as displayed in the classroom

Module 12: Human immunity

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease
  • Understand specific immunity and the immune response
  • Understand the biology of vaccination
  • Understand how immune sensitivity may cause ill-health

Module 13: Cell metabolism

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the glycolytic pathway and fermentation of sugar to yield alcohol
  • Understand the tricarboxylic acid cycle
  • Understand the dark reactions in photosynthesis

Module 14: The human endocrine & nervous system 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the anatomy and organisation of the nervous system and how it co- ordinates the body
  • Understand the structure and function of nerve cells and other cells in the nervous system
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions
  • Understand homeostasis

Module 15: Introduction to teaching & learning

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand models of teaching and learning
  • Understand ‘blocks’ to learning
  • Understand curriculum planning and lesson planning
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles

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: Child development & management of pupil behaviour

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be aware of the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of the child
  • Understand the main aspects of social and emotional development
  • Know factors which may affect pupil development and behaviour
  • Know methods for managing pupil behaviour

Module 18: The psychology of learning 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theories of learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different learning and teaching styles

Module 19: Theories of cognitive development & learning

On completion of this module you will:

  • Have knowledge of theories of cognitive development
  • Understand learning theory
  • Have knowledge of the application of theories of learning and cognitive development to classroom practice

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

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 with feedback about the work you've produced, and how you can improve.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education (Education)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40003887).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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