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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get prepared for degree-level study
  • Gain essential skills to help at-risk individuals
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Pursue careers in health and social care
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Complete your course in less than a year
 

About Your Diploma

A community is made up of diverse people of all ages, and some of those individuals require a bit more assistance to navigate through life. If you have a natural caring nature and would like to make a difference to the lives of many, a career in health and social care could be perfectly suited to your ambitions.
 
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care) enables you to gain the essential skills you need to study a health or social care role at university and maximise your job prospects in the process.
 
This course includes areas of study such as human rights, personal social services, and poverty. You will also gain a detailed understanding of how individuals are impacted by mental health, illness, dementia, and the use of such as Mental Health, Illness, Poverty, Dementia and the use of recreational drugs.
 
These topics, alongside those focusing on the National Health Service (NHS), will get you ready to tackle many of the roles related to this area of study. With health and social care qualifications, you could pursue roles in support work, child and youth work or health promotion.
 
An Access to Higher Education Diploma is widely regarded as an alternative qualification to A Levels. In fact, it is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and most universities accept them as part of their entry requirements, but you should check with your chosen establishment before applying.
 

Getting Started

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care) is designed to prepare you for degree-level study, and with one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers Stonebridge Associated Colleges, you can complete your course entirely online.
 
You will be given instant 24/7 access to all of your course materials as soon as you enrol, and you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan. This will detail your assignment submission deadlines to help keep you on track throughout your studies.
 
With this qualification, you could go on to study a degree related to health and social care, and subsequently pursue a rewarding career in the sector. The topics covered during your Access to HE Diploma course will provide you with valuable insight, which will equip you for a career in this field. 
 
Learners have one year to complete the course, but on average, students achieve their Level 3 diploma in 9 to 12 months. You will benefit from access to a dedicated team of tutors who will give you guidance and support as you progress through the different academic subjects within your diploma. They’ll provide you with constructive feedback on your work, so you know where you need to focus your attention to succeed.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012384).

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.
 
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees. In short, Access to HE 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 its 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 university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  5. GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills)
Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from 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
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide
Unit 5: The History of the National Health Service
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service
  • Understand how political reforms have shaped the National Health Service
Unit 6: Introduction to Social Work
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the historical development of social work
  • Understand the role of the social worker
  • Understand how social work services are organised in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector
  • Understand the main purposes and values of social work
Unit 7: The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals 
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare professional
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a healthcare professional, for example, HCPC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to healthcare
Unit 8: Social Work Methods
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the concept of planned intervention
  • Understand the purpose and principles of social work assessments
  • Understand the range of methods used in social work assessments
  • Understand social work intervention methods
Unit 9: Introduction to Psychology
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research
Unit 10: Human Nutrition & 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 11: Understanding Dementia
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand dementia
  • Understand types of dementia
  • Understand the medical and social models of dementia
  • Understand an individual’s experience of dementia
Unit 12: Poverty & health
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand approaches to poverty and health
  • Understand approaches to the social distribution of health choices
Unit 13: Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand current issues in social policy
  • Understand current legislation in relation to current issues in social policy
  • Understand the economic context of a contemporary issue
Unit 14: Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand why different types of social drugs are used
  • Understand the classification of medicines and controlled drugs
  • Understand the impact of the use of social drugs and medicines on the individual and society
Unit 15: Personal Social Services
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the varying nature of social work provision for children and adults
  • Understand the roles of the voluntary and private sector in the provision of welfare
  • Understand the welfare needs of various groups
Unit 16: Mental Health and Illness
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders
Unit 17: Morals and Ethics in Social Work
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand ethics and ethical issues in social work practice
  • Understand moral dilemmas and social work practice
Unit 18: Equality and diversity within healthcare  
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand equality and diversity within healthcare
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare
Unit 19: Human Rights, the Individual & the Law
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the general scope and application of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Understand the impact and interrelationship of specific Convention Rights
  • Understand the status and effect of the Human Rights Act 1998

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

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

 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get prepared for degree-level study
  • Gain essential skills to help at-risk individuals
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Pursue careers in health and social care
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Complete your course in less than a year
 

About Your Diploma

A community is made up of diverse people of all ages, and some of those individuals require a bit more assistance to navigate through life. If you have a natural caring nature and would like to make a difference to the lives of many, a career in health and social care could be perfectly suited to your ambitions.
 
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care) enables you to gain the essential skills you need to study a health or social care role at university and maximise your job prospects in the process.
 
This course includes areas of study such as human rights, personal social services, and poverty. You will also gain a detailed understanding of how individuals are impacted by mental health, illness, dementia, and the use of such as Mental Health, Illness, Poverty, Dementia and the use of recreational drugs.
 
These topics, alongside those focusing on the National Health Service (NHS), will get you ready to tackle many of the roles related to this area of study. With health and social care qualifications, you could pursue roles in support work, child and youth work or health promotion.
 
An Access to Higher Education Diploma is widely regarded as an alternative qualification to A Levels. In fact, it is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and most universities accept them as part of their entry requirements, but you should check with your chosen establishment before applying.
 

Getting Started

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care) is designed to prepare you for degree-level study, and with one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers Stonebridge Associated Colleges, you can complete your course entirely online.
 
You will be given instant 24/7 access to all of your course materials as soon as you enrol, and you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan. This will detail your assignment submission deadlines to help keep you on track throughout your studies.
 
With this qualification, you could go on to study a degree related to health and social care, and subsequently pursue a rewarding career in the sector. The topics covered during your Access to HE Diploma course will provide you with valuable insight, which will equip you for a career in this field. 
 
Learners have one year to complete the course, but on average, students achieve their Level 3 diploma in 9 to 12 months. You will benefit from access to a dedicated team of tutors who will give you guidance and support as you progress through the different academic subjects within your diploma. They’ll provide you with constructive feedback on your work, so you know where you need to focus your attention to succeed.

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

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health and Social Care) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012384).

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.
 
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees. In short, Access to HE 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 its 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 university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  5. GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills)
Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from 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
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide
Unit 5: The History of the National Health Service
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service
  • Understand how political reforms have shaped the National Health Service
Unit 6: Introduction to Social Work
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the historical development of social work
  • Understand the role of the social worker
  • Understand how social work services are organised in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector
  • Understand the main purposes and values of social work
Unit 7: The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals 
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare professional
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a healthcare professional, for example, HCPC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to healthcare
Unit 8: Social Work Methods
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the concept of planned intervention
  • Understand the purpose and principles of social work assessments
  • Understand the range of methods used in social work assessments
  • Understand social work intervention methods
Unit 9: Introduction to Psychology
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research
Unit 10: Human Nutrition & 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 11: Understanding Dementia
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand dementia
  • Understand types of dementia
  • Understand the medical and social models of dementia
  • Understand an individual’s experience of dementia
Unit 12: Poverty & health
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand approaches to poverty and health
  • Understand approaches to the social distribution of health choices
Unit 13: Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand current issues in social policy
  • Understand current legislation in relation to current issues in social policy
  • Understand the economic context of a contemporary issue
Unit 14: Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand why different types of social drugs are used
  • Understand the classification of medicines and controlled drugs
  • Understand the impact of the use of social drugs and medicines on the individual and society
Unit 15: Personal Social Services
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the varying nature of social work provision for children and adults
  • Understand the roles of the voluntary and private sector in the provision of welfare
  • Understand the welfare needs of various groups
Unit 16: Mental Health and Illness
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders
Unit 17: Morals and Ethics in Social Work
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand ethics and ethical issues in social work practice
  • Understand moral dilemmas and social work practice
Unit 18: Equality and diversity within healthcare  
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand equality and diversity within healthcare
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare
Unit 19: Human Rights, the Individual & the Law
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the general scope and application of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Understand the impact and interrelationship of specific Convention Rights
  • Understand the status and effect of the Human Rights Act 1998

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

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

 

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