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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Biophysical Pathway

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

If you have a keen scientific mind and take a particular interest in Biology and Physics, the Access to HE Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway, could be your ticket to a bright and successful future. Covering everything from Medical Physics to Human Immunity, this course has been designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to get into university.

The units which make up this Access to HE Diploma focus mainly on Human Biology, Cell Biology and Physics. This qualification also includes units in academic writing and study skills. These units are particularly useful for learners who have been out of education for some time and do not already meet the university entry requirements.

Studying with us is unlike attending a traditional college. Firstly, you do not need to wait until September to enrol. You can begin your studies as and when it suits you. Secondly, there are no time-consuming classes to attend. All units can be studied online at a time and place that is convenient for the student. This flexibility is perfect for people who have busy work or family lives. It also makes study possible for those who haven’t got any time to sacrifice during school hours.
 

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

The course materials couldn’t be easier to understand. Every student will be provided access to the online study resources and will be offered a range of extra support to assist the learning process. Furthermore, each learner will have the support of expert tutors to provide guidance and support throughout the course. 

How long it takes you to complete your course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. 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, on average, learners take 8 to 9 months to complete their course.

 

How will my Access to HE Diploma (Science) be assessed?

Every Access to HE Diploma is comprised of a number of units. At the end of each unit, you will have to complete an assignment and submit this to your tutor. They will then return the marked piece to you, along with some useful feedback and tips for improvement. Once you have completed all of the assignments included in your course, you will be awarded with the Access to HE Diploma (Science) which is worth 60 credits. To gain an Access to HE Diploma in science, you will need to earn 60 credits altogether. Of these credits, 45 are from the subject specific units included in the programme of study. The other 15 credits will be drawn from ungraded units which focus on improving your study techniques and academic writing skills.

 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma (Science)?

The aim of this Access to HE Diploma is to prepare you for the challenges of a Science related degree. On completion of the Access to HE Diploma, you should be eligible to apply to study at many of the UK’s higher education institutions.

Once you hold a university undergraduate degree in your chosen field, you will be able to work towards a number of challenging and exciting careers. You could end up becoming a scientist, a healthcare professional or choose from a wide range of other careers areas, such as:

  • Radiography

  • Optometry

  • Paramedicine

  • Scientific Research

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.

 

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: 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 responding 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: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 system throughout life
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to childbirth

 

 

Unit 9: 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 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 using infectious disease to illustrate your answer
  • Understand the epidermiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • 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 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 17: Mechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand vectors and be able to do vector addition calculations. 
  • Understand and be able to do vector resolution calculations. 
  • Understand the nature of uniformly accelerated motion and be able to do motion calculations. 
  • Be able to do projectile motion calculations. 
  • Understand and be able to use Newton's Laws of Motion. 
  • Understand and be able to do calculations involving the principles of momentum and its conservation. 
  • Understand the concepts of energy, work and power in physics, and be able to do work/force calculations. 
  • Understand internal energy. 
  • Understand and apply the ideal gas laws. 
  • Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases and be able to do related calculations.  

 

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)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

If you have a keen scientific mind and take a particular interest in Biology and Physics, the Access to HE Diploma (Science) – Biophysical Pathway, could be your ticket to a bright and successful future. Covering everything from Medical Physics to Human Immunity, this course has been designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to get into university.

The units which make up this Access to HE Diploma focus mainly on Human Biology, Cell Biology and Physics. This qualification also includes units in academic writing and study skills. These units are particularly useful for learners who have been out of education for some time and do not already meet the university entry requirements.

Studying with us is unlike attending a traditional college. Firstly, you do not need to wait until September to enrol. You can begin your studies as and when it suits you. Secondly, there are no time-consuming classes to attend. All units can be studied online at a time and place that is convenient for the student. This flexibility is perfect for people who have busy work or family lives. It also makes study possible for those who haven’t got any time to sacrifice during school hours.
 

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

The course materials couldn’t be easier to understand. Every student will be provided access to the online study resources and will be offered a range of extra support to assist the learning process. Furthermore, each learner will have the support of expert tutors to provide guidance and support throughout the course. 

How long it takes you to complete your course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. 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, on average, learners take 8 to 9 months to complete their course.

 

How will my Access to HE Diploma (Science) be assessed?

Every Access to HE Diploma is comprised of a number of units. At the end of each unit, you will have to complete an assignment and submit this to your tutor. They will then return the marked piece to you, along with some useful feedback and tips for improvement. Once you have completed all of the assignments included in your course, you will be awarded with the Access to HE Diploma (Science) which is worth 60 credits. To gain an Access to HE Diploma in science, you will need to earn 60 credits altogether. Of these credits, 45 are from the subject specific units included in the programme of study. The other 15 credits will be drawn from ungraded units which focus on improving your study techniques and academic writing skills.

 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma (Science)?

The aim of this Access to HE Diploma is to prepare you for the challenges of a Science related degree. On completion of the Access to HE Diploma, you should be eligible to apply to study at many of the UK’s higher education institutions.

Once you hold a university undergraduate degree in your chosen field, you will be able to work towards a number of challenging and exciting careers. You could end up becoming a scientist, a healthcare professional or choose from a wide range of other careers areas, such as:

  • Radiography

  • Optometry

  • Paramedicine

  • Scientific Research

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.

 

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: 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 responding 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: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 system throughout life
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to childbirth

 

 

Unit 9: 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 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 using infectious disease to illustrate your answer
  • Understand the epidermiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • 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 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 17: Mechanics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand vectors and be able to do vector addition calculations. 
  • Understand and be able to do vector resolution calculations. 
  • Understand the nature of uniformly accelerated motion and be able to do motion calculations. 
  • Be able to do projectile motion calculations. 
  • Understand and be able to use Newton's Laws of Motion. 
  • Understand and be able to do calculations involving the principles of momentum and its conservation. 
  • Understand the concepts of energy, work and power in physics, and be able to do work/force calculations. 
  • Understand internal energy. 
  • Understand and apply the ideal gas laws. 
  • Understand the simple kinetic theory of gases and be able to do related calculations.  

 

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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