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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 (Health Professionals)

Your Course at a Glance 

  • Kickstart a career in healthcare 
  • 100% online learning 
  • Can be completed in 9-12 months 
  • Gain a QAA recognised qualification 
  • Achieve the equivalent of 3 A Levels 
  • No exams required 

About Your Diploma 

The healthcare industry covers an array of different professions, ranging from Doctors and Nurses to Dentists and Midwives. While the roles are diverse in many ways, there are things that bind them, with the main one being a desire to care for others. The other is the need for qualifications, with most requiring degrees or equivalent. 

To embark on degree-level study, you need to meet certain entry requirements. If you don’t possess A Levels, you can undertake the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) as it is the equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas, but it is important to check your chosen university’s entry requirements prior to applying. If you have ambitions of working in healthcare, then gaining a solid foundation knowledge is crucial to achieving it. 

Throughout the course, you will delve into an array of units that can prepare you for the healthcare avenue you want to work towards. From cell biology and human reproduction to mental health and understanding dementia. With a broad scope, you can use this knowledge to progress into a specified area of healthcare study. 

An Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) is an ideal way to start your learning journey if you are unsure about what area of practice you want to specialise in. By exploring various elements of healthcare, during your study you may come to a decision about what career you want to work towards.  

This level of freedom allows you to find an area of the industry that you believe you could thrive in and potentially enjoy a fruitful career. 

Getting Started 

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers, with more than 650 courses and over 50,000 students enrolled at any one time. As soon as you enrol to study the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals), you will have access to the course materials you need. This means that you can begin your study straight away! 

You will also receive an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments. To complete the course, you will have two years, but most students are finished within in 9-12 months. 

You will benefit from access to a dedicated team of tutors who will give you guidance and support as you progress through the different academic subjects within your diploma. They will provide you with constructive feedback on your work, helping you focus on the areas you may need to give additional attention to. 

With the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) being taught 100% online, you have the flexibility to work around your schedule. So, if you have family commitments or work full-time, you can learn at a time that suits you, wherever you are in the world.

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012529). This course has been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

To study the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals), you need to have GCSEs in both English and Maths at Grade C/4 or equivalent qualifications. You also need to have the intention to study a degree related to the course subject.  

Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, but it is important that you check with your chosen university before applying. Some higher education establishments also request additional requirements, such as the following: 

  • 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 

We advise that every learner does their research to ensure they know what the entry requirements are for their chosen university. While possessing an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) is a beneficial qualification, Stonebridge Association Colleges will not accept any liability should a student not secure a university offer.

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: 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 5: 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 6: 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 system throughout life

 

Unit 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet.

 

Unit 10: 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 healthcare and maintenance.

 

Unit 11: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System

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 12: Understanding Dementia

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand dementia
  • Understand types of dementia
  • Understand the medical and social models of dementia
  • Understand an individual’s experience of dementia

 

Unit 13: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

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 14: Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand why different types of social drugs are used
  • Understand the classification of medicines and controlled drugs
  • Understand the impact of the use of social drugs and medicines on the individual and society

 

Unit 15: Mental Health and Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders

 

Unit 16: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Unit 17: 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 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. 

 

Unit 19: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand equality and diversity within healthcare.
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting.
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare.

At the end of each unit, you will have an assignment to complete, and once finished, your tutor will provide you with detailed feedback so that you can progress on to the next phase. The feedback will give you an opportunity to focus on the areas that you need to improve on, and you will receive guidance to complete the assignments successfully. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully pass the course, you will need to obtain 60 credits, with 45 being accumulated from graded units, which are ones relating to academic content. The remaining 15 credits are taken from ungraded units, such as study skills. 

  • 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 £96.00).
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

Your Course at a Glance 

  • Kickstart a career in healthcare 
  • 100% online learning 
  • Can be completed in 9-12 months 
  • Gain a QAA recognised qualification 
  • Achieve the equivalent of 3 A Levels 
  • No exams required 

About Your Diploma 

The healthcare industry covers an array of different professions, ranging from Doctors and Nurses to Dentists and Midwives. While the roles are diverse in many ways, there are things that bind them, with the main one being a desire to care for others. The other is the need for qualifications, with most requiring degrees or equivalent. 

To embark on degree-level study, you need to meet certain entry requirements. If you don’t possess A Levels, you can undertake the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) as it is the equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas, but it is important to check your chosen university’s entry requirements prior to applying. If you have ambitions of working in healthcare, then gaining a solid foundation knowledge is crucial to achieving it. 

Throughout the course, you will delve into an array of units that can prepare you for the healthcare avenue you want to work towards. From cell biology and human reproduction to mental health and understanding dementia. With a broad scope, you can use this knowledge to progress into a specified area of healthcare study. 

An Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) is an ideal way to start your learning journey if you are unsure about what area of practice you want to specialise in. By exploring various elements of healthcare, during your study you may come to a decision about what career you want to work towards.  

This level of freedom allows you to find an area of the industry that you believe you could thrive in and potentially enjoy a fruitful career. 

Getting Started 

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers, with more than 650 courses and over 50,000 students enrolled at any one time. As soon as you enrol to study the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals), you will have access to the course materials you need. This means that you can begin your study straight away! 

You will also receive an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments. To complete the course, you will have two years, but most students are finished within in 9-12 months. 

You will benefit from access to a dedicated team of tutors who will give you guidance and support as you progress through the different academic subjects within your diploma. They will provide you with constructive feedback on your work, helping you focus on the areas you may need to give additional attention to. 

With the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) being taught 100% online, you have the flexibility to work around your schedule. So, if you have family commitments or work full-time, you can learn at a time that suits you, wherever you are in the world.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012529). This course has been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

To study the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals), you need to have GCSEs in both English and Maths at Grade C/4 or equivalent qualifications. You also need to have the intention to study a degree related to the course subject.  

Most universities accept Access to HE Diplomas as part of their entry requirements, but it is important that you check with your chosen university before applying. Some higher education establishments also request additional requirements, such as the following: 

  • 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 

We advise that every learner does their research to ensure they know what the entry requirements are for their chosen university. While possessing an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) is a beneficial qualification, Stonebridge Association Colleges will not accept any liability should a student not secure a university offer.

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: 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 5: 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 6: 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 system throughout life

 

Unit 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet.

 

Unit 10: 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 healthcare and maintenance.

 

Unit 11: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System

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 12: Understanding Dementia

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand dementia
  • Understand types of dementia
  • Understand the medical and social models of dementia
  • Understand an individual’s experience of dementia

 

Unit 13: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System

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 14: Classification and Use of Social Drugs and Medicines

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand why different types of social drugs are used
  • Understand the classification of medicines and controlled drugs
  • Understand the impact of the use of social drugs and medicines on the individual and society

 

Unit 15: Mental Health and Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders

 

Unit 16: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Unit 17: 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 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. 

 

Unit 19: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand equality and diversity within healthcare.
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting.
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare.

At the end of each unit, you will have an assignment to complete, and once finished, your tutor will provide you with detailed feedback so that you can progress on to the next phase. The feedback will give you an opportunity to focus on the areas that you need to improve on, and you will receive guidance to complete the assignments successfully. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully pass the course, you will need to obtain 60 credits, with 45 being accumulated from graded units, which are ones relating to academic content. The remaining 15 credits are taken from ungraded units, such as study skills. 

  • 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 £96.00).
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