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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 degree 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 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) 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?

Your learning materials are simple to understand, and you can take advantage of the interactive resources within the online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) you will be given immediate access to. Experienced tutors will be on hand to offer all of the advice and guidance you need to successfully complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health). Get in touch via phone, email or through the online learning platform. You can use forums to chat with other students on your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) too.

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 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) is 6 months, on average learners complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

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, our team will help 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 (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 Access to HE Diploma, 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, 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: Human Nutrition and 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 the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

 

Unit 8: 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 9: 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 10: The Human Muscular and Skeletal Systems

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion

 

Unit 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease
  • Understand specific immunity
  • Understand the biology of vaccination.

 

Unit 16: 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 17: The Human Endocrine and Nervous Systems

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions
  • Understand the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis

 

 

Unit 18:  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 19:  Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease using infectious disease to illustrate your answer
  • Understand the epidermiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

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 degree 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 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) 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?

Your learning materials are simple to understand, and you can take advantage of the interactive resources within the online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) you will be given immediate access to. Experienced tutors will be on hand to offer all of the advice and guidance you need to successfully complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health). Get in touch via phone, email or through the online learning platform. You can use forums to chat with other students on your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) too.

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 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) is 6 months, on average learners complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

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, our team will help 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 (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 Access to HE Diploma, 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, 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: Human Nutrition and 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 the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

 

Unit 8: 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 9: 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 10: The Human Muscular and Skeletal Systems

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion

 

Unit 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease
  • Understand specific immunity
  • Understand the biology of vaccination.

 

Unit 16: 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 17: The Human Endocrine and Nervous Systems

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions
  • Understand the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis

 

 

Unit 18:  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 19:  Human Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the categories and causes of disease using infectious disease to illustrate your answer
  • Understand the epidermiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

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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