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

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health)

This Course at a Glance 

  • Delve into society, health, psychology, crime and more 
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification 
  • Achieve your Diploma within one year 
  • Get to university without A Levels 
  • 100% online learning 
  • No exams 

About Your Diploma 

Understanding the relationship between society and health can not only lead to an exciting and meaningful career, but it will give you a fresh perspective on how the makeup of our society blends with Health and human biology. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in this field of social sciences or health, then gaining academic knowledge is hugely beneficial. 

If you want to study a Social science or health degree at university, you can get prepared for degree-level learning by enrolling on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway course. 

During our online accredited course, you will explore societal structures and behaviours, and how they relate to health. You will also delve into the relationship between poverty and health, as well as psychology, crime, and human biology. The syllabus provides a blend of biological science, social science, and healthcare topics. 

This broad knowledge will enable you to pursue a variety of career options and having a foundational understanding will put you in good stead ahead of degree-level study. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. This means that you can still go to university even if you don’t have A Levels. 

Most universities accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, but we advise that you check with your chosen establishment before applying. Universities set their own entry requirements, so you may need to meet additional criteria to secure a place. 

Getting Started 

As soon as you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway course, you will be able to begin studying instantly. This is because you are not confined to the restrictions that come with in-person learning.  

So, if you have young children or work full-time, you can study at a time that suits you. You will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan that will outline all of your submission deadlines so that you can keep on track. 

As well as having access to Stonebridge Associated Colleges innovative virtual portal, you will have all the online course materials you need to successfully complete the modules and assignments. 

With the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) Biology Pathway course being online, you can be flexible with where you learn. You have one year to complete the course, but on average, most earners take 9-12 months to achieve their Diploma.  

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 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: Cell Biology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells.
  • Understand cellular metabolism.
  • Understand how cells grow and divide.

 

Unit 8: 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 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: 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 11: 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 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: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: Human Disease & Prevention  

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you 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)

This Course at a Glance 

  • Delve into society, health, psychology, crime and more 
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification 
  • Achieve your Diploma within one year 
  • Get to university without A Levels 
  • 100% online learning 
  • No exams 

About Your Diploma 

Understanding the relationship between society and health can not only lead to an exciting and meaningful career, but it will give you a fresh perspective on how the makeup of our society blends with Health and human biology. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in this field of social sciences or health, then gaining academic knowledge is hugely beneficial. 

If you want to study a Social science or health degree at university, you can get prepared for degree-level learning by enrolling on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway course. 

During our online accredited course, you will explore societal structures and behaviours, and how they relate to health. You will also delve into the relationship between poverty and health, as well as psychology, crime, and human biology. The syllabus provides a blend of biological science, social science, and healthcare topics. 

This broad knowledge will enable you to pursue a variety of career options and having a foundational understanding will put you in good stead ahead of degree-level study. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. This means that you can still go to university even if you don’t have A Levels. 

Most universities accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, but we advise that you check with your chosen establishment before applying. Universities set their own entry requirements, so you may need to meet additional criteria to secure a place. 

Getting Started 

As soon as you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) – Biology Pathway course, you will be able to begin studying instantly. This is because you are not confined to the restrictions that come with in-person learning.  

So, if you have young children or work full-time, you can study at a time that suits you. You will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan that will outline all of your submission deadlines so that you can keep on track. 

As well as having access to Stonebridge Associated Colleges innovative virtual portal, you will have all the online course materials you need to successfully complete the modules and assignments. 

With the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) Biology Pathway course being online, you can be flexible with where you learn. You have one year to complete the course, but on average, most earners take 9-12 months to achieve their Diploma.  

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 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: Cell Biology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells.
  • Understand cellular metabolism.
  • Understand how cells grow and divide.

 

Unit 8: 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 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: 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 11: 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 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: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: Human Disease & Prevention  

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you 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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