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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science)

This Course at a Glance

  • Explore ecology, the environment and conservation
  • Study the core sciences in relation to the natural world
  • Learn skills to work in agriculture, forestry management and engineering
  • Study online to fit around your existing commitments
  • Complete the course within a year
  • Go to university without A Levels

About your Diploma

Careers in agricultural, zookeeping, precision farming, forestry management and conservation are all seated within the study of land-based science.
 
Whether you want to explore a future in sustainability, arboriculture, or countryside management, studying land-based sciences will give you the core knowledge you need to specialise further down the road. Whether you want to become an Engineer or Fisheries Manager.
 
This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) will cover the areas of chemistry, biology, and physics in relation to ecology, animal biology and environmental management.
 
During your studies, you will cover a host of fascinating modules that explore everything from the role of government and non-governmental bodies in environmental protection to the ways in which plants are classified. You will also learn the importance of balance in nature and how an imbalance can cause a significant knock-on effect, impacting on environments, animal populations and even crop yields.
 
This course will provide you with the grounding you need to go on to further studies and a variety of careers in land-based science ranging from agricultural engineering to zookeeping. It will also equip you with a qualification that will meet the entry requirements for most related degrees. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider, delivering a host of online learning courses that enable you to achieve your academic and career goals. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) is a nationally recognised qualification that is set at Level 3 and also regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
With one year to complete the course, you can take the time to dive deep and explore the subject, however, the flexibility of online study means you can finish your qualification as soon as you’re ready. This is how the majority of our learners achieve their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months and progress to university within a year.
 
To help you stay on track, you will receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) outlining the submission deadlines for your assignments. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities as each institution sets its own. It is your responsibility to check with your chosen institution that this qualification will be accepted before enrolling on the course. 

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40010429).

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma will need a GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English (new GCSE grade 4-9), or an equivalent Functional Skills Level 2. You must also have the 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 and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. 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:
  • Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level
  • Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the university
  • Passing a university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments
  • Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  • GCSE grade A-C (new system 4-9) 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: Using Spreadsheet Software
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software
  • Know how to perform calculations on spreadsheet data
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software to create and develop charts
Unit 5: Algebraic Methods
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply series
  • Apply mathematical operations on logarithms
  • Apply mathematical operations on surds
  • Apply algebraic methods
Unit 6: 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 7: 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 8: Calculus
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply differentiation
  • Apply integration
  • Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems
Unit 9: Research Topic
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your diploma title
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills
Unit 10: Aspects of Animal Biology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand aspects of cell biology
  • Understand a range of skeletal and locomotory systems in animals
  • Understand sensory organs in animals
Unit 11: Atomic Structure and 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 12: Trigonometry
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply the trigonometrical functions
  • Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs
  • Apply trigonometry
Unit 13: Ecology, Ecosystems and Environmental Management
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand ecology and environmental relationships
  • Understand the techniques involved with the management of an ecosystem
  • Understand the role of government and non-governmental bodies in environmental protection
Unit 14: 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 15: Statistical Research
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation
Unit 16: Plant Biology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how plants are classified
  • Understand pollination and fertilisation in flowering plants
  • Understand transport processes in plants
  • Understand plant hormones
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

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 (Land Based Science). 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 programme, 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 (Land Based Science)

This Course at a Glance

  • Explore ecology, the environment and conservation
  • Study the core sciences in relation to the natural world
  • Learn skills to work in agriculture, forestry management and engineering
  • Study online to fit around your existing commitments
  • Complete the course within a year
  • Go to university without A Levels

About your Diploma

Careers in agricultural, zookeeping, precision farming, forestry management and conservation are all seated within the study of land-based science.
 
Whether you want to explore a future in sustainability, arboriculture, or countryside management, studying land-based sciences will give you the core knowledge you need to specialise further down the road. Whether you want to become an Engineer or Fisheries Manager.
 
This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) will cover the areas of chemistry, biology, and physics in relation to ecology, animal biology and environmental management.
 
During your studies, you will cover a host of fascinating modules that explore everything from the role of government and non-governmental bodies in environmental protection to the ways in which plants are classified. You will also learn the importance of balance in nature and how an imbalance can cause a significant knock-on effect, impacting on environments, animal populations and even crop yields.
 
This course will provide you with the grounding you need to go on to further studies and a variety of careers in land-based science ranging from agricultural engineering to zookeeping. It will also equip you with a qualification that will meet the entry requirements for most related degrees. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider, delivering a host of online learning courses that enable you to achieve your academic and career goals. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) is a nationally recognised qualification that is set at Level 3 and also regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
With one year to complete the course, you can take the time to dive deep and explore the subject, however, the flexibility of online study means you can finish your qualification as soon as you’re ready. This is how the majority of our learners achieve their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months and progress to university within a year.
 
To help you stay on track, you will receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) outlining the submission deadlines for your assignments. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities as each institution sets its own. It is your responsibility to check with your chosen institution that this qualification will be accepted before enrolling on the course. 
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40010429).

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma will need a GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English (new GCSE grade 4-9), or an equivalent Functional Skills Level 2. You must also have the 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 and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. 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:
  • Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level
  • Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the university
  • Passing a university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments
  • Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  • GCSE grade A-C (new system 4-9) 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: Using Spreadsheet Software
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software
  • Know how to perform calculations on spreadsheet data
  • Know how to use spreadsheet software to create and develop charts
Unit 5: Algebraic Methods
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply series
  • Apply mathematical operations on logarithms
  • Apply mathematical operations on surds
  • Apply algebraic methods
Unit 6: 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 7: 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 8: Calculus
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply differentiation
  • Apply integration
  • Apply differentiation and integration to solve problems
Unit 9: Research Topic
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your diploma title
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills
Unit 10: Aspects of Animal Biology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand aspects of cell biology
  • Understand a range of skeletal and locomotory systems in animals
  • Understand sensory organs in animals
Unit 11: Atomic Structure and 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 12: Trigonometry
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Apply the trigonometrical functions
  • Understand the principles of trigonometric graphs
  • Apply trigonometry
Unit 13: Ecology, Ecosystems and Environmental Management
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand ecology and environmental relationships
  • Understand the techniques involved with the management of an ecosystem
  • Understand the role of government and non-governmental bodies in environmental protection
Unit 14: 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 15: Statistical Research
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation
Unit 16: Plant Biology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how plants are classified
  • Understand pollination and fertilisation in flowering plants
  • Understand transport processes in plants
  • Understand plant hormones
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

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 (Land Based Science). 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 programme, 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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