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  • 100% online learning
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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get university ready within 1 year
  • Qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • Take first steps towards a career in radiography
  • Benefit from tutor support
  • 100% online
  • No exams

About Your Diploma

Radiography is an important practice that detects injuries and helps to diagnose illnesses and abnormalities within the human body. It is a form of imaging that trained professionals also use in therapeutic treatments.
 
If your career ambition is to work within healthcare and you want to play a significant role in helping diagnose injuries and illnesses for people across the country, then becoming a Radiographer will tick these boxes.
 
To work professionally in this sector, you will need to obtain a degree, and our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) will help you get to university as it is widely accepted as an alternative qualification to A Levels.
 
In fact, an Access to HE Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A Levels, so you could gain the qualifications you need in less time than it would take to study traditional A Levels. This is a vocational course that covers a wealth of topics, many of which are industry related.
 
You will explore medical physics, the human skeletal system, radioactivity, chemical bonding, and more. As part of your course, you will also learn the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals, giving you a solid understanding of the industry in which you will be working in.
 
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) will prepare you for university, giving you a range of study skills and academic writing techniques that you can utilise while studying for your degree.
 
Please note that most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas, but you should check with your chosen establishment before applying.
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is the UK’s leading distance learning provider, helping students from all walks of life achieve qualifications across a range of sectors. When you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography), you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
 
Your ILP will outline the submission deadlines for your assignments, helping you stay on track of your studies, ensuring that you don’t miss a deadline. You will gain 24/7 access to all of the online course materials you need to achieve your diploma, as well as support from a team of qualified and experienced tutors and our Access Support Team.
 
One of the many benefits of studying with us is that you can complete the course from the comfort of your own home as it is delivered entirely online. Plus, there are no exams, you are assessed purely through a series of assignments.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012360).

Requirements for Entry

To continue your education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary that you have a GCSE grade C/4 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.

 

To continue your education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary that you have a GCSE grade C/4 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.

Unit 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 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: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular and skeletal system interact in locomotion

Unit 7: Trigonometry

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to use trigonometrical functions
  • Be able to use trigonometry to solve equations and problems
  • Be able to use trigonometric functions and identifies in the context of proofs
  • Be able to produce trigonometric graphs

Unit 8: 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 9: The Roles and Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a chosen healthcare professional
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to healthcare

Unit 10: Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the categories and causes of disease 
  • Understand the epidemiology of disease
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

Unit 11: 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 the reactions of the Group 2 metals
  • Understand the Group 7 elements

Unit 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Chemical Bonding and Structure  

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand electronic configuration using s, p, d notation
  • Understand ionic, covalent and dative covalent bonding
  • Understand polarisation and intermolecular forces
  • Understand the relationship between structure and properties of molecules
  • Understand electron pair repulsion theory
  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals

Unit 16: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan an investigation which allows for the collection of statistical data
  • Be able to carry out an investigation
  • Be able to interpret and analyse results
  • Be able to evaluate an investigation 

Unit 17: 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
 

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. To achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Radiography), you must acquire 60 credits in total. 

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 (Radiography)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get university ready within 1 year
  • Qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • Take first steps towards a career in radiography
  • Benefit from tutor support
  • 100% online
  • No exams

About Your Diploma

Radiography is an important practice that detects injuries and helps to diagnose illnesses and abnormalities within the human body. It is a form of imaging that trained professionals also use in therapeutic treatments.
 
If your career ambition is to work within healthcare and you want to play a significant role in helping diagnose injuries and illnesses for people across the country, then becoming a Radiographer will tick these boxes.
 
To work professionally in this sector, you will need to obtain a degree, and our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) will help you get to university as it is widely accepted as an alternative qualification to A Levels.
 
In fact, an Access to HE Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A Levels, so you could gain the qualifications you need in less time than it would take to study traditional A Levels. This is a vocational course that covers a wealth of topics, many of which are industry related.
 
You will explore medical physics, the human skeletal system, radioactivity, chemical bonding, and more. As part of your course, you will also learn the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals, giving you a solid understanding of the industry in which you will be working in.
 
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) will prepare you for university, giving you a range of study skills and academic writing techniques that you can utilise while studying for your degree.
 
Please note that most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas, but you should check with your chosen establishment before applying.
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is the UK’s leading distance learning provider, helping students from all walks of life achieve qualifications across a range of sectors. When you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography), you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
 
Your ILP will outline the submission deadlines for your assignments, helping you stay on track of your studies, ensuring that you don’t miss a deadline. You will gain 24/7 access to all of the online course materials you need to achieve your diploma, as well as support from a team of qualified and experienced tutors and our Access Support Team.
 
One of the many benefits of studying with us is that you can complete the course from the comfort of your own home as it is delivered entirely online. Plus, there are no exams, you are assessed purely through a series of assignments.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Radiography) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012360).

Requirements for Entry

To continue your education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary that you have a GCSE grade C/4 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: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 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: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular and skeletal system interact in locomotion

Unit 7: Trigonometry

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to use trigonometrical functions
  • Be able to use trigonometry to solve equations and problems
  • Be able to use trigonometric functions and identifies in the context of proofs
  • Be able to produce trigonometric graphs

Unit 8: 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 9: The Roles and Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of a chosen healthcare professional
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to healthcare

Unit 10: Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the categories and causes of disease 
  • Understand the epidemiology of disease
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

Unit 11: 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 the reactions of the Group 2 metals
  • Understand the Group 7 elements

Unit 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Chemical Bonding and Structure  

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand electronic configuration using s, p, d notation
  • Understand ionic, covalent and dative covalent bonding
  • Understand polarisation and intermolecular forces
  • Understand the relationship between structure and properties of molecules
  • Understand electron pair repulsion theory
  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals

Unit 16: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan an investigation which allows for the collection of statistical data
  • Be able to carry out an investigation
  • Be able to interpret and analyse results
  • Be able to evaluate an investigation 

Unit 17: 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
 

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. To achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Radiography), you must acquire 60 credits in total. 

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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