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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get prepared for university
  • Pursue a degree related to health and medical sciences
  • Gain a QAA recognised qualification in less than a year
  • Course delivered 100% online
  • Benefit from tutor support
  • No exams

About Your Diploma

If you are hoping to embark on a role within the medical and healthcare sector, you will need to get relevant qualifications behind you. The industry contains a vast array of job roles, all of which serve an important purpose.
 
Most professions within these industries require you to have a degree, and to get you prepared for this level of study, you can enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway course.
 
Through a variety of the three difference sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), as well as a range of study skills focused modules, you will gain foundational knowledge that will set you up for university. The online course covers cell biology, radioactivity, medical physics, human immunity, and more, giving you a taste of what you could potentially focus on in your career.
 
The knowledge you gain will not only get you prepared for a potential career in a sector that is constantly developing, but it will also give you a platform to build upon when you embark on your studies at university.
 
Traditionally, students needed A Levels to get to university, but an Access to Higher Education Diploma is an alternative option as it is the equivalent to 3 A Levels. So, if you don’t have the traditional qualifications, this is the perfect path for you to take.

Getting Started

When you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway course, you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This will include submission deadlines for your assignments, so you can keep on track of your study plan. 
 
The benefit of studying online is that you can complete the course in the comfort of your own home, freeing you from the restrictions of classroom learning. While you do have deadlines to meet, you can schedule study time around your existing commitments.
 
Instant 24/7 access to all course materials will be given to you as soon as you enrol, and you will benefit from contact with our dedicated Access Support Team and tutors that boast a wealth of experience.
 
You have one year to achieve your recognised qualification, but on average, our learners complete the course in 9-12 months, which means you could be ready for university within a year! Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas, but please check with your chosen establishment.
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  • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
  • Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (400/0883/6). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

You can start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway today. However, you need a GSCE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above by the time you apply to university. 
.
This is because these qualifications are a common requirement for entry to most universities and degree-level study. You should also have a desire to study a degree related to the subject of your diploma. If you do not hold these GCSE qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to Higher Education Diploma.  
 
Given that Access to HE Diplomas are widely regarded as an equivalent to 3 A Levels, most universities will accept them as part of their entry requirements. It is important to note, though, that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may differ from course to course. These can include, but not be limited to:
  • 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.)
Students wishing to gain entry to higher education at the end of this diploma should conduct some preliminary research on the entry requirements as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for researching the entry criteria and ensuring they meet the requirements. 
 
Stonebridge Associated Colleges is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma 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
  • Unsterstand 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
  • Know 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: Cell Metabolism
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the glycolytic pathway and fermentation of sugar to yield alcohol
  • Understand the tricarboxylic acid cycle
  • Understand the dark reactions in photosynthesis
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles
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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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 16: 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
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: 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

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway includes several online units containing rich, interactive study materials. At the end of each unit of study, you will need to complete an assignment, which your tutor will then mark and provide you with feedback and a grade to help you progress.

To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits, which are divided into units. Graded units that are focused on academic subject areas make up 45 credits, while the remaining 15 credits are from ungraded units that aim to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive guidance on how to put together your university application as well as the research you need 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%)
  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480
  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480
Live Class Upgrade
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get prepared for university
  • Pursue a degree related to health and medical sciences
  • Gain a QAA recognised qualification in less than a year
  • Course delivered 100% online
  • Benefit from tutor support
  • No exams

About Your Diploma

If you are hoping to embark on a role within the medical and healthcare sector, you will need to get relevant qualifications behind you. The industry contains a vast array of job roles, all of which serve an important purpose.
 
Most professions within these industries require you to have a degree, and to get you prepared for this level of study, you can enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway course.
 
Through a variety of the three difference sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), as well as a range of study skills focused modules, you will gain foundational knowledge that will set you up for university. The online course covers cell biology, radioactivity, medical physics, human immunity, and more, giving you a taste of what you could potentially focus on in your career.
 
The knowledge you gain will not only get you prepared for a potential career in a sector that is constantly developing, but it will also give you a platform to build upon when you embark on your studies at university.
 
Traditionally, students needed A Levels to get to university, but an Access to Higher Education Diploma is an alternative option as it is the equivalent to 3 A Levels. So, if you don’t have the traditional qualifications, this is the perfect path for you to take.

Getting Started

When you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway course, you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This will include submission deadlines for your assignments, so you can keep on track of your study plan. 
 
The benefit of studying online is that you can complete the course in the comfort of your own home, freeing you from the restrictions of classroom learning. While you do have deadlines to meet, you can schedule study time around your existing commitments.
 
Instant 24/7 access to all course materials will be given to you as soon as you enrol, and you will benefit from contact with our dedicated Access Support Team and tutors that boast a wealth of experience.
 
You have one year to achieve your recognised qualification, but on average, our learners complete the course in 9-12 months, which means you could be ready for university within a year! Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas, but please check with your chosen establishment.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (400/0883/6). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

You can start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway today. However, you need a GSCE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above by the time you apply to university. 
.
This is because these qualifications are a common requirement for entry to most universities and degree-level study. You should also have a desire to study a degree related to the subject of your diploma. If you do not hold these GCSE qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to Higher Education Diploma.  
 
Given that Access to HE Diplomas are widely regarded as an equivalent to 3 A Levels, most universities will accept them as part of their entry requirements. It is important to note, though, that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may differ from course to course. These can include, but not be limited to:
  • 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.)
Students wishing to gain entry to higher education at the end of this diploma should conduct some preliminary research on the entry requirements as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for researching the entry criteria and ensuring they meet the requirements. 
 
Stonebridge Associated Colleges is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma 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
  • Unsterstand 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
  • Know 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: Cell Metabolism
On completion of this unit, you will:
  • Understand the glycolytic pathway and fermentation of sugar to yield alcohol
  • Understand the tricarboxylic acid cycle
  • Understand the dark reactions in photosynthesis
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles
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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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 16: 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
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: 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

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Medicine and Healthcare Professions Pathway includes several online units containing rich, interactive study materials. At the end of each unit of study, you will need to complete an assignment, which your tutor will then mark and provide you with feedback and a grade to help you progress.

To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits, which are divided into units. Graded units that are focused on academic subject areas make up 45 credits, while the remaining 15 credits are from ungraded units that aim to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive guidance on how to put together your university application as well as the research you need 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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