Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

Natural Science Pathway

Course Summary

Required study hours: 0

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Natural Science)

Fees: £1,199.99 (up-front)

Why Access to Higher Education?

  • Looking for a future career in Natural Science?
  • Been out of fulltime education for some time?
  • Do you need the skills and a qualification that will enable you to secure a future placement at university?

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been specifically designed for you...

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) “Natural Science Pathway” features 19 balanced academic study units that cover all the sciences. Your studies will provide a solid learning foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in biology, chemistry, physics or natural science and apply for a related university degree course. (review complete course syllabus units’ list below). It’s a popular qualification, recognised by employers and many universities.

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 (Science)

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.

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)

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 responding 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: 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: Atomic Structure

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand protons, neutrons and electrons in terms of their relative charges and masses.
  • Understand the distribution of protons, neutrons and electrons in an atom given its Atomic number and Mass number, including some isotopes.
  • Understand the number and relative energies of the s, p and d orbitals for the principal quantum numbers and know the shapes of s, p and d orbitals.
  • Understand how ionisation energies of elements relate to reactivity.
  • Understand the position of elements within the Periodic Table from ionisation energy data.

Unit 6: Cell Division & Heredity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cell division.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heredity and genetic variation.

Unit 7: Electromagnetic Spectrum

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles and types of electromagnetic waves.
  • Understand the properties of visible and ultraviolet light.
  • Understand the properties of microwaves and infrared.
  • Understand the biohazards of ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
  • Understand the hazards and uses of X- Rays in medical applications.

Unit 8: Periodic Table

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the Periodic Table.
  • Understand periodicity in the elements of period 3.
  • Understand ionisation energy.
  • Understand oxidation and reduction.
  • Understand reactions of the Group 2 metals.
  • Understand the Group 7 elements.

Unit 9: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 10: Radioactivity

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main types of ionising radiations and their measurement.
  • Understand radioactive decay.
  • Understand the practical applications of ionising radiation and radioisotopes and their use with acceptable safety.

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: Atomic Structure & Bonding

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of the atom.
  • Understand electronic structures.
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds.
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds.

Unit 13: Medical Physics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand atomic structure.
  • Understand the nature of alpha, beta and gamma radiation, and X-rays.
  • Understand the main uses of ionising radiation in monitoring and treatment.
  • Understand how radio isotopes are used in healthcare.
  • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Understand how ultrasound is used in healthcare.

Unit 14: 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

Unit 15: Hydrocarbons

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of organic compounds.
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkanes.
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkenes.

Unit 16: Optics & Sound

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the Laws of Reflection.
  • Understand the Laws of Refraction.
  • Understand the action of convex and concave lenses.
  • Understand the simple optics of the eye.
  • Understand the nature of transverse and longitudinal wave motions.
  • Understand how the ear detects sound waves.

Unit 17: Chemical Change

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to measure the concentrations of solutions.
  • Understand energy changes during chemical reactions.
  • Understand factors influencing rates of chemical reactions.
  • Understand the concept of chemical equilibrium

Unit 18: Physics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the connection between force and motion and be able to use Newton's Laws of Motion.
  • Understand conservation of energy and momentum.
  • Understand the concepts and vocabulary of wave motion.
  • Understand the straight line model of the behaviour of light.
  • Understand the behaviour and properties of magnets and magnetic fields, electric charge and electric current.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40008848. This course has also 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.

Payment Method
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Total Price: £1,199.99

Pay In Instalments
Deposit: £99.99
12 Monthly Payments of £125.00
Total Price: £1,599.99

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You can access your course information straight away. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.