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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health)

Do you want to make a difference in your local community, but don’t have the qualifications to start a new career? The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) is designed for anyone that has the ambition to go to university. With a focus on biology, this study pathway well meet the entry requirements of many social science courses.

Social science is the study of society and human relationships. Making healthcare available for everyone and promoting medical services to people from all backgrounds is an ongoing challenge. Find out more about how poverty relates to health and the history of the NHS, alongside biological systems. The course will also prepare you to make a step up to university. Discover how to write academics assignment and carry out independent research.

You’ll study online from home, which means you can fit your Access to HE Diploma around family life or work commitments.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Course materials are simple to understand, and you can take advantage of the interactive resources on PEARL, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Experienced tutors will be on hand to offer all of the advice and guidance you need to successfully complete your course. Get in touch via phone, email or by using PEARL. You can use forums to chat with other students on your course, too.

How long it takes you to complete your course 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.

Access to HE Diplomas are intensive, and you’ll need perseverance to reach your goal of going to university. With regular deadline reminders and dedicated support, we’ll keep you on track.

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

The Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which is recognised across the nation. It is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) is made up of a number of units which each come attached to an assignment. Your personal tutor will mark each assignment, before returning it with detailed feedback. 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 are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study abilities.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Once you’ve finished your course, you’ll have the confidence to go on to a degree programme. Social science and health graduates are analytical and can communicate ideas effectively; which are skills employers look for.

In the future, you could work for local government or the NHS, with options including health and social care or speech and language therapy. Many graduates decide to promote health in their community, either through youth or social work. With more focus on mental health than ever before, there is also scope to go into counselling or educational roles.

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 Diploma 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, DTS 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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

 

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: Independent Research 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area.
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

 

Unit 5: The History of The National Health Service

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the reasons for the rise in public provision of health care between the mid19th century and 1948.
  • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service as part of the introduction of the Welfare State.
  • Understand the political trends which have shaped the National Health Service since 1948.
  • Understand the ethos of the contemporary National Health Service

 

Unit 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education.
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application.
  • Understand personal HE opportunities.
  • Understand the financial implications of further study.
  • Know how to apply for a course.

 

Unit 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 therapy used to treat people with psychological disorders.

 

Unit 10: Human Nutrition & The Digestive System  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system.
  • Understand nutrients and their sources.
  • Understand how diet may influence health.

 

Unit 11: The Human Musculo-Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand anatomical terminology.
  • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion.
  • Understand the muscular system

 

Unit 12: The Brain & Nervous System   

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 13: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system.
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive tract throughout life.
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to puberty.

 

Unit 14: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the cell.
  • Understand cellular metabolism.
  • Understand how cells grow and divide.

 

Unit 15:  Introduction to Sociology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences.
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation.
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives.
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution.

 

Unit 16:  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 17: Poverty & Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand definitions of and explanations for poverty and health
  • Understand approaches to poverty and health.
  • Understand the approaches to the social distribution of health chances.

 

Unit 18:  Social Factors in Health 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.

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)

Do you want to make a difference in your local community, but don’t have the qualifications to start a new career? The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Health) is designed for anyone that has the ambition to go to university. With a focus on biology, this study pathway well meet the entry requirements of many social science courses.

Social science is the study of society and human relationships. Making healthcare available for everyone and promoting medical services to people from all backgrounds is an ongoing challenge. Find out more about how poverty relates to health and the history of the NHS, alongside biological systems. The course will also prepare you to make a step up to university. Discover how to write academics assignment and carry out independent research.

You’ll study online from home, which means you can fit your Access to HE Diploma around family life or work commitments.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Course materials are simple to understand, and you can take advantage of the interactive resources on PEARL, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Experienced tutors will be on hand to offer all of the advice and guidance you need to successfully complete your course. Get in touch via phone, email or by using PEARL. You can use forums to chat with other students on your course, too.

How long it takes you to complete your course 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.

Access to HE Diplomas are intensive, and you’ll need perseverance to reach your goal of going to university. With regular deadline reminders and dedicated support, we’ll keep you on track.

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

The Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which is recognised across the nation. It is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) is made up of a number of units which each come attached to an assignment. Your personal tutor will mark each assignment, before returning it with detailed feedback. 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 are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study abilities.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Once you’ve finished your course, you’ll have the confidence to go on to a degree programme. Social science and health graduates are analytical and can communicate ideas effectively; which are skills employers look for.

In the future, you could work for local government or the NHS, with options including health and social care or speech and language therapy. Many graduates decide to promote health in their community, either through youth or social work. With more focus on mental health than ever before, there is also scope to go into counselling or educational roles.

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 Diploma 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, DTS 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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

 

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: Independent Research 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area.
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

 

Unit 5: The History of The National Health Service

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the reasons for the rise in public provision of health care between the mid19th century and 1948.
  • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service as part of the introduction of the Welfare State.
  • Understand the political trends which have shaped the National Health Service since 1948.
  • Understand the ethos of the contemporary National Health Service

 

Unit 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education.
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application.
  • Understand personal HE opportunities.
  • Understand the financial implications of further study.
  • Know how to apply for a course.

 

Unit 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 therapy used to treat people with psychological disorders.

 

Unit 10: Human Nutrition & The Digestive System  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system.
  • Understand nutrients and their sources.
  • Understand how diet may influence health.

 

Unit 11: The Human Musculo-Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand anatomical terminology.
  • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion.
  • Understand the muscular system

 

Unit 12: The Brain & Nervous System   

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 13: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system.
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive tract throughout life.
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to puberty.

 

Unit 14: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the cell.
  • Understand cellular metabolism.
  • Understand how cells grow and divide.

 

Unit 15:  Introduction to Sociology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences.
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation.
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives.
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution.

 

Unit 16:  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 17: Poverty & Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand definitions of and explanations for poverty and health
  • Understand approaches to poverty and health.
  • Understand the approaches to the social distribution of health chances.

 

Unit 18:  Social Factors in Health 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.

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)
Enrol now for just £19.99
Offer ends Tuesday 26th March

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