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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 100% online learning
  • 19 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

This Course at a Glance 

  • Take first steps towards a career in biophysics or related roles 
  • Qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels 
  • Quickest route to university 
  • 100% online learning 
  • No exams required 
  • No classrooms 

About Your Diploma 

A career in biophysics is not only rewarding for a person passionate about scientific discovery, but it is also an important role in the improvement of science and medicine. If you have ambitions to pursue a career in this field, then you require accredited qualifications to get you there. 

Obtaining a degree in biophysics or a related subject is necessary if you want to secure a professional role in the industry. To get to university, you usually need a certain number of A Levels to meet their entry requirements. However, if you don’t have these qualifications, you can study an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway. 

This is a nationally recognised qualification that is widely regarded as the equivalent of 3 A Levels. Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas as part of their entry criteria, but please check with your chosen university before applying. This is because each individual establishment sets its own entry requirements. 

Throughout your learning journey, you will learn biology and physics, with focus on cell biology, radioactivity and much more. Every topic covered will help you develop a solid understanding that will prepare you for degree-level study. 

Once you have obtained an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway, you will instantly be a desirable candidate for universities and employers. This is because you will have a core foundational knowledge in the subject you intend to study. 

Getting Started 

As one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers, Stonebridge Associated Colleges offers a range of accredited courses that can lead you towards a fulfilling career. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway is taught 100% online, so as soon as you enrol, you will be given 24/7 access to all of the course materials you need. 

An Individual Learning Plan will be issued to you when you begin your journey, helping you keep track of your progress and submission deadlines. You have the freedom to tailor your study schedule to fit around your existing commitments, making the course ideal for full-time workers and those with children and other priorities. 

By removing the restrictions of classroom learning, you can study in an environment of your choosing. Essentially, all you need is a stable internet connection and a computer/laptop. 

You have one year to achieve your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway, but on average, learners take 9-12 months to finish the course. 

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40008848. This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Science related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or distinction.
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role.
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.

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

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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.

 

Learners must have GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Science related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or distinction.
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role.
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.

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

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide

 

Unit 4: Electromagnetic Spectrum

On completion of this unit 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 X- Rays in medical applications

 

Unit 5: Cell Division & Heredity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cell division
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heredity and genetic variation

 

Unit 6: Radioactivity

On completion of this unit 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

 

Unit 7: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive systems
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life
  • Understand human development from conception to birth

 

Unit 8: Medical Physics

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

 

Unit 9: Trigonometry

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to use trigonometrical functions
  • Be able to use trigonometry to solve equations and problems
  • Be able to use trigonometric functions and identifies in the context of proofs
  • Be able to produce trigonometric graphs


Unit 10: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System 

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 11: Physics

On completion of this unit 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

 

Unit 12: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Unit 13: Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease
  • Understand the epidemiology of disease
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

 

Unit 14: Optics & Sound

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the Laws of Reflection
  • Understand the Laws of Refraction
  • Understand the action of convex and concave lenses
  • Understand the simple optics of the eye
  • Understand the nature of transverse and longitudinal wave motions
  • Understand how the ear detects sound waves

 
Unit 15: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

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 16: The Human Nutrition and the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

 
Unit 17: Mechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • ​Be able to do vector addition calculations
  • Be able to do vector resolution calculations
  • Be able to do uniformly accelerated motion calculations
  • Be able to do projectile motion calculations
  • Be able to apply Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Be able to do calculations involving the principles of momentum and its conservation
  • Be able to do work/force calculations
  • Understand internal energy
  • Understand the ideal gas laws
  • Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance to the next phase of your course. After each assignment your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills.   

This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the remaining 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills. 

What’s included:

  • All study materials
  • Study guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

This Course at a Glance 

  • Take first steps towards a career in biophysics or related roles 
  • Qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels 
  • Quickest route to university 
  • 100% online learning 
  • No exams required 
  • No classrooms 

About Your Diploma 

A career in biophysics is not only rewarding for a person passionate about scientific discovery, but it is also an important role in the improvement of science and medicine. If you have ambitions to pursue a career in this field, then you require accredited qualifications to get you there. 

Obtaining a degree in biophysics or a related subject is necessary if you want to secure a professional role in the industry. To get to university, you usually need a certain number of A Levels to meet their entry requirements. However, if you don’t have these qualifications, you can study an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway. 

This is a nationally recognised qualification that is widely regarded as the equivalent of 3 A Levels. Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas as part of their entry criteria, but please check with your chosen university before applying. This is because each individual establishment sets its own entry requirements. 

Throughout your learning journey, you will learn biology and physics, with focus on cell biology, radioactivity and much more. Every topic covered will help you develop a solid understanding that will prepare you for degree-level study. 

Once you have obtained an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway, you will instantly be a desirable candidate for universities and employers. This is because you will have a core foundational knowledge in the subject you intend to study. 

Getting Started 

As one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers, Stonebridge Associated Colleges offers a range of accredited courses that can lead you towards a fulfilling career. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway is taught 100% online, so as soon as you enrol, you will be given 24/7 access to all of the course materials you need. 

An Individual Learning Plan will be issued to you when you begin your journey, helping you keep track of your progress and submission deadlines. You have the freedom to tailor your study schedule to fit around your existing commitments, making the course ideal for full-time workers and those with children and other priorities. 

By removing the restrictions of classroom learning, you can study in an environment of your choosing. Essentially, all you need is a stable internet connection and a computer/laptop. 

You have one year to achieve your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway, but on average, learners take 9-12 months to finish the course. 

Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40008848. This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Science related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or distinction.
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role.
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.

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

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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.

 

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: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide

 

Unit 4: Electromagnetic Spectrum

On completion of this unit 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 X- Rays in medical applications

 

Unit 5: Cell Division & Heredity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cell division
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heredity and genetic variation

 

Unit 6: Radioactivity

On completion of this unit 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

 

Unit 7: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive systems
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life
  • Understand human development from conception to birth

 

Unit 8: Medical Physics

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

 

Unit 9: Trigonometry

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to use trigonometrical functions
  • Be able to use trigonometry to solve equations and problems
  • Be able to use trigonometric functions and identifies in the context of proofs
  • Be able to produce trigonometric graphs


Unit 10: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System 

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 11: Physics

On completion of this unit 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

 

Unit 12: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Unit 13: Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease
  • Understand the epidemiology of disease
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

 

Unit 14: Optics & Sound

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the Laws of Reflection
  • Understand the Laws of Refraction
  • Understand the action of convex and concave lenses
  • Understand the simple optics of the eye
  • Understand the nature of transverse and longitudinal wave motions
  • Understand how the ear detects sound waves

 
Unit 15: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

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 16: The Human Nutrition and the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

 
Unit 17: Mechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • ​Be able to do vector addition calculations
  • Be able to do vector resolution calculations
  • Be able to do uniformly accelerated motion calculations
  • Be able to do projectile motion calculations
  • Be able to apply Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Be able to do calculations involving the principles of momentum and its conservation
  • Be able to do work/force calculations
  • Understand internal energy
  • Understand the ideal gas laws
  • Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance to the next phase of your course. After each assignment your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills.   

This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the remaining 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills. 

What’s included:

  • All study materials
  • Study guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)
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