Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

General Pathway

Course Summary

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Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (General)

Fees: £1,199.99 (up-front)

Why Access to Higher Education?

  • Ready for a career in healthcare where your work can make a difference?
  • Are you lacking formal qualifications but dream of going to university?
  • Do you often have to postpone your education in favour of work or family commitments?

If that is the case, the Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals) is the ideal solution for you. The diploma has been designed to help people who lack formal A-Levels, but do not have the time to go back to college to achieve the qualifications they need to attend university.

The programme was created by healthcare education experts to equip you with all the right skills for your future health career. It will gently guide you through key concepts of medicine, biology, chemistry and physics, giving you a strong grounding in all things health related. Not only that, but an Access to HE Diploma also includes modules that will develop your academic skills and prepare you for the next stage, at university.

Even though this is a distance learning course, you won't be alone. A dedicated tutor will be on hand every step of the way to offer assistance and provide feedback that will help you progress through your qualification.

The course is accessible online, which means that you are in control of your study schedule and have the freedom to organise your studies around any other commitments. What's more, the Access to HE Diploma (Health Professionals) is available straight away from the moment you enrol. You can start studying now or choose a time that suits you, the choice is yours. Enrol today and begin your journey to a successful career in healthcare.

Course Unit Assessment, Assessor Feedback & Introducing “PEARL”

Your chosen pathway is made up of a number of individual units, each of which requires you to complete an associated assignment. Our bespoke e-learning management environment “PEARL” provides the gateway to everything that you will need to complete your course and includes many useful online features that will help you along the way.

Benefits of our bespoke system

  • Rich interactive learning content mapped to regulated qualifications
  • Unique online technology assisted e-assessments for competency and knowledge-based assessment
  • Incentives to motivate and encourage learners
  • Useful ‘Assessment Planners’ specifically designed to help you to complete assignments
  • An assigned personal Assessor will mark assignments and provide the results by email and via downloadable PDF’s online. Viewable at any time to track on-going progress
  • Assessors will provide any necessary feedback about the course work that you submit
  • On-going advice and guidance where necessary on how improvements could be made to your course work submissions.
  • Interact with fellow students studying on the same course via our thriving community forums.
  • Help and be helped by sharing course work tips, advice and participating in student debates – Collaborative “social” learners are engaged creating and sharing additional resources.

Your Academic Future...
Life after your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

It’s always a great idea to apply for the university or college of your choice whilst studying with us. Universities can offer 'conditional' places for all courses, this means that they will either offer a placement if you achieve the qualification or if you achieve a certain level of qualification.

  • Ideally, nearing the completion of this course you should have your chosen education related university degree lined up and ready to go.
  • After you finally complete and achieve this qualification, you will then be able to seamlessly advance to university life, knowing that you have already secured a place.

There’s no time like the present to start preparing for your future life at university and avoid the associated stress of last minute searching.

  • 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).

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.

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.

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 healthcare related degree at university.

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

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE units at Merit of 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, CCfE will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

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