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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 100% online learning
  • 19 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Health Studies Pathway

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn the foundations of Social Science and Health
  • Fastest route to university
  • Complete in 9-12 months
  • Equivalent of 3 A Levels
  • 100% online
  • No exams
 

About Your Diploma

Studying the relationship between health and society will allow you to understand the world and the way it functions. You will also grasp a knowledge of human behaviour and how mental and physical health affects societal structures.
 
If this is a subject that piques your interest and you would like to make a career out of it, then enrolling on our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Health Studies Pathway course will kick-start your journey.
 
During your studies, you will get the opportunity to learn about the basics of psychology, including cognitive and developmental psychology. You will also study the sociology of health, crime and deviance and social factors in health and social care.
 
The Access to HE Diploma course will provide you with an insight into contemporary issues in social policy, equality and diversity in healthcare and the origins of both the welfare state and the NHS.
 
This diploma will give you a well-rounded introduction to psychology, sociology, healthcare and how all these different areas are connected within the social and healthcare field.
 
As well as gaining essential knowledge of this subject area, you can use this nationally recognised qualification to get into university. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are considered to be the equivalent of 3 A Levels and many universities accept them as part of their entry requirements.
 
Please note, though, that you will need to check with your chosen establishment before applying. Eventually, you could end up pursuing careers in social care or health. Whatever avenue you choose to take, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Health Studies will help you get there.
 

Getting Started 

Studied completely online, you’re free to learn around any existing work or family commitments, with the ability to log on when it suits. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments, helping you stay on track.
 
On average, Stonebridge Associated Colleges learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma, but you have one year to achieve this Level 3 nationally recognised qualification.
 
With 24/7 access to our innovative online learning platform, you will have all the course materials you need in one place.

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education (Social Science and Health)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref = 40012566). This course has been assigned 60 credits

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSEs in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or Functional Skills equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Social Science and/or Health related degree at university.
 
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to A Levels for university entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.
 
Learners should, however, be aware that universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.
 
These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:
  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at merit or distinction
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the university
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the university
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2
 
It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.
 
Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to and start to work towards it.
 
Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a university application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.
 
*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: Health and Wellbeing 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing
  • Understand the expression of feelings and emotions and how these could be managed
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed
Unit 4: 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 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance
Unit 6: 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 7: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues
Unit 8: 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 9: The Roles & 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 a professional/regulatory body for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare 
Unit 10: Understanding Poverty
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand definitions of poverty
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty
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: Abnormal Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders
Unit 13: Sociology of Health
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand concepts and models of health
  • Understand the social construction of health and ill health
  • Understand alternative approaches to health
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: Psychobiology of Stress
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand methods used to reduce stress
Unit 16: Approaches to Health
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand different definitions of health and ill health
  • Understand different explanatory models of health and ill health
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives on health
  • Understand the different ways in which people respond to illness
Unit 17: Health Promotion
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand individual societal health promotion
  • Organise and plan a health promotion activity
Unit 18: Sociology of the Family
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views
Unit 19: 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 provision

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills.  


This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

 

What's included:

  • All study materials
  • Study guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Health Studies Pathway

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn the foundations of Social Science and Health
  • Fastest route to university
  • Complete in 9-12 months
  • Equivalent of 3 A Levels
  • 100% online
  • No exams
 

About Your Diploma

Studying the relationship between health and society will allow you to understand the world and the way it functions. You will also grasp a knowledge of human behaviour and how mental and physical health affects societal structures.
 
If this is a subject that piques your interest and you would like to make a career out of it, then enrolling on our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Health Studies Pathway course will kick-start your journey.
 
During your studies, you will get the opportunity to learn about the basics of psychology, including cognitive and developmental psychology. You will also study the sociology of health, crime and deviance and social factors in health and social care.
 
The Access to HE Diploma course will provide you with an insight into contemporary issues in social policy, equality and diversity in healthcare and the origins of both the welfare state and the NHS.
 
This diploma will give you a well-rounded introduction to psychology, sociology, healthcare and how all these different areas are connected within the social and healthcare field.
 
As well as gaining essential knowledge of this subject area, you can use this nationally recognised qualification to get into university. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are considered to be the equivalent of 3 A Levels and many universities accept them as part of their entry requirements.
 
Please note, though, that you will need to check with your chosen establishment before applying. Eventually, you could end up pursuing careers in social care or health. Whatever avenue you choose to take, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Health Studies will help you get there.
 

Getting Started 

Studied completely online, you’re free to learn around any existing work or family commitments, with the ability to log on when it suits. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments, helping you stay on track.
 
On average, Stonebridge Associated Colleges learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma, but you have one year to achieve this Level 3 nationally recognised qualification.
 
With 24/7 access to our innovative online learning platform, you will have all the course materials you need in one place.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education (Social Science and Health)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref = 40012566). This course has been assigned 60 credits

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSEs in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or Functional Skills equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Social Science and/or Health related degree at university.
 
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to A Levels for university entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.
 
Learners should, however, be aware that universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.
 
These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:
  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at merit or distinction
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the university
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the university
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2
 
It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.
 
Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to and start to work towards it.
 
Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a university application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.
 
*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: Health and Wellbeing 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing
  • Understand the expression of feelings and emotions and how these could be managed
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed
Unit 4: 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 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance
Unit 6: 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 7: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues
Unit 8: 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 9: The Roles & 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 a professional/regulatory body for a healthcare professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare 
Unit 10: Understanding Poverty
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand definitions of poverty
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty
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: Abnormal Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders
Unit 13: Sociology of Health
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand concepts and models of health
  • Understand the social construction of health and ill health
  • Understand alternative approaches to health
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: Psychobiology of Stress
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand methods used to reduce stress
Unit 16: Approaches to Health
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand different definitions of health and ill health
  • Understand different explanatory models of health and ill health
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives on health
  • Understand the different ways in which people respond to illness
Unit 17: Health Promotion
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand individual societal health promotion
  • Organise and plan a health promotion activity
Unit 18: Sociology of the Family
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views
Unit 19: 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 provision

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills.  


This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

 

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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