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  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health)

The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) is designed to help students interested in health studies to make the step up to university. If you want to start a social science or health-related degree, this qualification is a flexible alternative to A-levels.

Social science is a broad field that focuses on human relationships and how they interact with society. An ongoing issue is making sure that every community has access to the healthcare they need. Find out more about contemporary health issues and how social factors affect health.

The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) explores many topics. The course material includes information and advice outlining how to write an assignment and carry out independent research. This will help you to develop the study skills needed for university.

You’ll learn online from home and take the first step towards a new career. With no term dates, you can sign up and get started at any point throughout the year. Fit in assignments around family life or a full-time job.
 

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Course materials are easy to understand, and you can make the most of the interactive content, the online learning platform that you will be given access to is a hub of rich and engaging information. Stay in touch with our tutors via email, phone or by using the messaging system within the online learning platform. You can also connect with likeminded students though popular online forums and social learning features.

How long it takes you to complete your Access to HE Diploma really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is 6 months, on average learners complete their course within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

To successfully complete your Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health), you’ll need to be disciplined and manage your own time. Our team will send regular deadline reminders to make sure that you’re on track for your university of choice.
 

How will my Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) be assessed?

The qualification is made up of a range of units, with an assignment at the end of each. You’ll submit your work to your tutor for marking and receive detailed feedback. The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma in social science and health you must achieve 60 credits in total. 45 of these credits will be drawn from graded units which are focused around academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study skills.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Once you have finished your course, you can begin your studies at university. A social science or health-related degree course will prepare you for a variety of different career paths. Graduates comes away with transferable skills which employers look for, including the ability to communicate well and analyse data.

Many students go on to work in a social care or health setting. You could make a difference in the private, public or voluntary sector, in roles such as housing services adviser, health adviser or community support worker.

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: (40008861).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study a Social Science and Health related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, 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:

1.      Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE units at Merit or above.

2.      Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University

3.      Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.

4.      Completion of specific unpaid ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.

5.      Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc.

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 diploma and unit choices within meet each set of 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 College will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

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 reponding 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: 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: 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 9: 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 10: The Origins of The Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term welfare state
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report.
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address.

 

Unit 11: Developmental Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development.
  • Understand explanations of the development of individual differences

 

Unit 12: 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 health care professional
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a health care professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to health care

 

Unit 13: Poverty and Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand approaches to poverty and health 
  • Understand approaches to the social distribution of health chances

 

Unit 14:  The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

 

Unit 15: Inequalities in Health and Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of social, economic and environmental changes on the nature of morbidity and mortality in the UK
  • Understand the relationship between theories of health and welfare inequalities and health policies

 

Unit 16: Social Factors in Health and Social Care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health
  • Understand the significance of social support networks in health care and maintenance

 

Unit 17: 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 18: 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 19: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand equality and diversity within health care
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a health care setting.
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation on health care provision

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)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health)

The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) is designed to help students interested in health studies to make the step up to university. If you want to start a social science or health-related degree, this qualification is a flexible alternative to A-levels.

Social science is a broad field that focuses on human relationships and how they interact with society. An ongoing issue is making sure that every community has access to the healthcare they need. Find out more about contemporary health issues and how social factors affect health.

The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) explores many topics. The course material includes information and advice outlining how to write an assignment and carry out independent research. This will help you to develop the study skills needed for university.

You’ll learn online from home and take the first step towards a new career. With no term dates, you can sign up and get started at any point throughout the year. Fit in assignments around family life or a full-time job.
 

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Course materials are easy to understand, and you can make the most of the interactive content, the online learning platform that you will be given access to is a hub of rich and engaging information. Stay in touch with our tutors via email, phone or by using the messaging system within the online learning platform. You can also connect with likeminded students though popular online forums and social learning features.

How long it takes you to complete your Access to HE Diploma really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is 6 months, on average learners complete their course within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

To successfully complete your Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health), you’ll need to be disciplined and manage your own time. Our team will send regular deadline reminders to make sure that you’re on track for your university of choice.
 

How will my Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) be assessed?

The qualification is made up of a range of units, with an assignment at the end of each. You’ll submit your work to your tutor for marking and receive detailed feedback. The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma in social science and health you must achieve 60 credits in total. 45 of these credits will be drawn from graded units which are focused around academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study skills.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Once you have finished your course, you can begin your studies at university. A social science or health-related degree course will prepare you for a variety of different career paths. Graduates comes away with transferable skills which employers look for, including the ability to communicate well and analyse data.

Many students go on to work in a social care or health setting. You could make a difference in the private, public or voluntary sector, in roles such as housing services adviser, health adviser or community support worker.

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: (40008861).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study a Social Science and Health related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, 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:

1.      Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE units at Merit or above.

2.      Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University

3.      Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.

4.      Completion of specific unpaid ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.

5.      Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc.

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 diploma and unit choices within meet each set of 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 College will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

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 reponding 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: 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: 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 9: 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 10: The Origins of The Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term welfare state
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report.
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address.

 

Unit 11: Developmental Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development.
  • Understand explanations of the development of individual differences

 

Unit 12: 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 health care professional
  • Understand the role of professional/regulatory bodies for a health care professional, for example HCPC and Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to health care

 

Unit 13: Poverty and Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand approaches to poverty and health 
  • Understand approaches to the social distribution of health chances

 

Unit 14:  The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

 

Unit 15: Inequalities in Health and Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of social, economic and environmental changes on the nature of morbidity and mortality in the UK
  • Understand the relationship between theories of health and welfare inequalities and health policies

 

Unit 16: Social Factors in Health and Social Care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health
  • Understand the significance of social support networks in health care and maintenance

 

Unit 17: 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 18: 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 19: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand equality and diversity within health care
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a health care setting.
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation on health care provision

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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