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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

  • Explain the mysteries of the natural world 
  • Get qualified for a vast range of fascinating careers 
  • Study a natural science degree without A Levels
  • Average completion time 9-12 months
  • Flexible payments offered
  • 100% online learning
  • No exams
 

About your Diploma

There are so many things about the natural world that people find both mesmerising and intriguing, and despite humanity learning so much about it in our time on Earth, there is still so much we don’t know. 
 
This is why there is an entire branch of science dedicated to solving these mysteries. By understanding the reasoning behind natural events and occurrences, we can better describe, grasp and predict them in the future. This would not only allow the human race to protect itself, it would enable humanity to better care for the world we live in. 
 
If you love science and nature in equal measure, becoming a Natural Scientist would be an incredibly rewarding career for you. In this area of work, you would focus your attention on studying the origins of existence, and the areas of science linked to the objects, phenomena and laws of nature associated with the physical world.  
 
A natural science degree would be an ideal route into this career, and for this, you would need to meet the degree entry requirements. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Natural Science Pathway will enable you to do exactly that, as it is equivalent to 3 A Levels, it gives you the knowledge you need.  
 
To understand the natural world in its entirety, you need to look at it from several perspectives. This requires you to have detailed knowledge of the chemical, physical, mathematical, environmental and geological components of it. 
 
This course helps you get started in this diverse range of study areas. Throughout your studies, you will cover an interesting range of topics, from human immunity to the importance of organic compounds, radioactive decay and more. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading UK distance learning providers. All our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are nationally recognised as an equivalent to A Levels and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), so you can be assured of the quality of your education.
 
As this course is online, you can work towards studying your degree outside of your current commitments. This way, there is no issue if you have to juggle a full-time job or childcare with your education. 
 
You will have up to one year to complete the course. However, the freedom to move through the online modules at your pace sees most students complete their Access to HE Diploma within 9-12 months. 
 
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.
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities, so you must check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on this 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

You can start your Access to Higher Education Diploma today, but you will need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above when you come to apply to university. This is because these qualifications are commonly on the entry requirements list for most degrees.
 
If you don’t have these qualifications, you can work towards them while you complete your Access to HE Diploma. This is something many of our learners do successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying. 
 
However, each university sets its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted before enrolling. 
 
In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • A face-to-face interview at the university 
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience 
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)
It is up to you to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of the entry requirements for your chosen degree. Stonebridge isn’t responsible if your Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.
 
*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: 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: Atomic Structure 
On completion of this unit 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
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: 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 8: Periodic Table
On completion of this unit 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
Unit 9: Human Immunity
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand non-specific defences against disease
  • Understand specific immunity
  • Understand the biology of vaccination
Unit 10: 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 11: 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 12: Atomic Structure & Bonding
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the structure of the atom
  • Understand electronic structures
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds
Unit 13: 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 14: 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 15: Hydrocarbons
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of organic compounds
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkanes
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkenes
Unit 16: 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 17: Chemical Change
On completion of this unit 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
Unit 18: Physics
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the connection between force and motion and be able to use Newtons 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

This diploma has been designed to contain carefully selected units that universities like their future students to have mastered. On completion of each online unit, you will be required to complete an assignment and submit it for assessment. Your tutor will then read and grade the assignment and offer you useful feedback as well as tips for improvement.

To earn an Access to HE Diploma, you will need to earn a total of 60 credits. Out of this 60, 45 should be earned by completing graded units which are based on academic content. The other 15 credits will be taken from ungraded units. These modules are concerned with improving your study practices.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help and guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma. 

 

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

  • Explain the mysteries of the natural world 
  • Get qualified for a vast range of fascinating careers 
  • Study a natural science degree without A Levels
  • Average completion time 9-12 months
  • Flexible payments offered
  • 100% online learning
  • No exams
 

About your Diploma

There are so many things about the natural world that people find both mesmerising and intriguing, and despite humanity learning so much about it in our time on Earth, there is still so much we don’t know. 
 
This is why there is an entire branch of science dedicated to solving these mysteries. By understanding the reasoning behind natural events and occurrences, we can better describe, grasp and predict them in the future. This would not only allow the human race to protect itself, it would enable humanity to better care for the world we live in. 
 
If you love science and nature in equal measure, becoming a Natural Scientist would be an incredibly rewarding career for you. In this area of work, you would focus your attention on studying the origins of existence, and the areas of science linked to the objects, phenomena and laws of nature associated with the physical world.  
 
A natural science degree would be an ideal route into this career, and for this, you would need to meet the degree entry requirements. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Natural Science Pathway will enable you to do exactly that, as it is equivalent to 3 A Levels, it gives you the knowledge you need.  
 
To understand the natural world in its entirety, you need to look at it from several perspectives. This requires you to have detailed knowledge of the chemical, physical, mathematical, environmental and geological components of it. 
 
This course helps you get started in this diverse range of study areas. Throughout your studies, you will cover an interesting range of topics, from human immunity to the importance of organic compounds, radioactive decay and more. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading UK distance learning providers. All our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are nationally recognised as an equivalent to A Levels and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), so you can be assured of the quality of your education.
 
As this course is online, you can work towards studying your degree outside of your current commitments. This way, there is no issue if you have to juggle a full-time job or childcare with your education. 
 
You will have up to one year to complete the course. However, the freedom to move through the online modules at your pace sees most students complete their Access to HE Diploma within 9-12 months. 
 
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.
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities, so you must check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on this 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

You can start your Access to Higher Education Diploma today, but you will need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above when you come to apply to university. This is because these qualifications are commonly on the entry requirements list for most degrees.
 
If you don’t have these qualifications, you can work towards them while you complete your Access to HE Diploma. This is something many of our learners do successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying. 
 
However, each university sets its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted before enrolling. 
 
In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • A face-to-face interview at the university 
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience 
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)
It is up to you to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of the entry requirements for your chosen degree. Stonebridge isn’t responsible if your Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.
 
*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: 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: Atomic Structure 
On completion of this unit 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
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: 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 8: Periodic Table
On completion of this unit 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
Unit 9: Human Immunity
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand non-specific defences against disease
  • Understand specific immunity
  • Understand the biology of vaccination
Unit 10: 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 11: 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 12: Atomic Structure & Bonding
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the structure of the atom
  • Understand electronic structures
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds
Unit 13: 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 14: 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 15: Hydrocarbons
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of organic compounds
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkanes
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkenes
Unit 16: 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 17: Chemical Change
On completion of this unit 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
Unit 18: Physics
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the connection between force and motion and be able to use Newtons 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

This diploma has been designed to contain carefully selected units that universities like their future students to have mastered. On completion of each online unit, you will be required to complete an assignment and submit it for assessment. Your tutor will then read and grade the assignment and offer you useful feedback as well as tips for improvement.

To earn an Access to HE Diploma, you will need to earn a total of 60 credits. Out of this 60, 45 should be earned by completing graded units which are based on academic content. The other 15 credits will be taken from ungraded units. These modules are concerned with improving your study practices.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help and guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma. 

 

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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