Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)

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    Overview

    If you aspire to be a healthcare professional but don’t have the qualifications to develop your career, don’t worry. Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) will provide you with the opportunity to get back into education, change direction and turn your dreams into a reality.

    Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed for learners who have been out of education for an extended period of time and wish to return to study. They have been created as alternatives to traditional qualifications (e.g. A-levels) and equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle a university study programme with confidence. Many universities across the UK accept Access to HE Diplomas in place of A-levels and accept applications from students working towards, or holding, this qualification. It is important to check the entry requirements of the universities you wish to apply to, however, as all university admission criteria differ.

    Not only could Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) be your ticket to university, but it will also prepare you for study at a higher academic level. Modules on academic writing skills and preparing for university learning will teach you to organise your time, write with relevance and summarise for academic purposes, whilst health and science specific units will provide you with the entry knowledge you need to excel on any healthcare course.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will have an excellent understanding of the healthcare sector and will be able to apply for a number of undergraduate degree programmes. An Access to HE Diploma is the first step in your journey towards higher education and, potentially, your desired career.

    Why study an Access to Higher Education Diploma with Highbury College?

    Once you have enrolled onto your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals), you will be given 24/7 online access to interactive and easy-to-follow materials, ranging in topic from the history of the NHS to equality and diversity in healthcare. As part of your study programme, you will also receive support and guidance on your university application so that you can get the most from your diploma.

    As this is a distance learning course, our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) is flexible and allows you to study at a pace that suits you. So, don’t worry if you have work commitments or other responsibilities that take up your time. Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed with you and your busy schedule in mind.

    Nervous about taking this step towards your future? You needn’t be. Personal tutors are always available to contact for assistance. You will be supported every step of the way.

    The amount of time required to complete this course is approximately 600 hours and you’re free to do this in as little as 6 months or over 18 months if you require extra time.

    If you’re worried about funding this course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. The minimum loan you can get is £300 and you won’t need to pay anything back until you’re earning at least £25,000 per annum. If you go on to complete an undergraduate degree following your Access to Higher Education Diploma, you won’t have to pay the loan back at all.

    Modules for this course

    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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
    • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
    • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

    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 cell.
    • 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 reasons for the rise in public provision of healthcare between the mid19th century and 1948.
    • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service as part of the introduction of the Welfare State.
    • Understand the political trends which have shaped the National Health Service since 1948.
    • Understand the ethos of the contemporary National Health Service.

    Unit 6: 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 how diet may influence health.

    Unit 7:  Social factors in healthcare

    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 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: The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals  

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals.
    • Understand the role of professional bodies for healthcare professionals.
    • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to healthcare.
    • Understand the influence of healthcare professionals on healthcare policy.

    Unit 10: The human endocrine & nervous system 

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand the anatomy and organisation of the nervous system and how it co- ordinates the body.
    • Understand the structure and function of nerve cells and other cells in the nervous system.
    • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions.
    • Understand homeostasis.

    Unit 11: Inequalities in health & 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 inequalities in health and illness.

    Unit 12: The Human musculoskeletal system

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand anatomical terminology.
    • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion.
    • Understand the muscular system.

    Unit 13: Approaches to health   

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand how definitions of health and ill health are socially constructed.
    • Understand different explanatory models of health and ill health.
    • Understand the different ways in which people respond to illness.
    • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives on health.

    Unit 14: The brain & nervous system   

    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 15: Human disease & prevention   

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand the categories and causes of disease
    • Understand the epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions.
    • Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition.

    Unit 16: Poverty & health

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand definitions of and explanations for poverty and health.
    • Understand approaches to poverty and health.
    • Understand the approaches to the social distribution of health chances.

    Unit 17: Human immunity

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand non-specific defences against disease.
    • Understand specific immunity and the immune response.
    • Understand the biology of vaccination.
    • Understand how immune sensitivity may cause ill-health.
    • Understand the formation of covalent bonds.

    Unit 18: 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 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.

    Requirements

    To start an Access to Higher Education Diploma you will need an English and maths GCSE at grade A - C/ 4 - 9 or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification in both subjects.

    Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil the entry criteria for range of different university courses and are suitable for the UCAS application process. However, it is advantageous to check the requirements of each establishment that you want to apply to before submitting your application in order to avoid disappointment. Admission criteria may include, but is not limited to:

    • Having a set number of credits attained at Merit or Distinction level
    • Attendance and success at a face-to-face interview at chosen university
    • Passing the university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments
    • Successful completion of mandatory work placements or work experience

    Learners must also undertake their own independent research to ensure that their diploma is properly specified, which will give them the best possible chance of getting into university. The student is responsible for their own research and they should begin this as soon as possible after starting the course. Highbury College will not accept any responsibility or liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

    Assessment

    Access to Higher Education Diplomas are modular and composed of graded and ungraded units so that you can quickly and easily absorb information in bitesize chunks. At the end of each unit you will complete an assignment which your tutor will evaluate and give you feedback on. The feedback is aimed to show you how effective your piece of work is, its quality, and how you can improve in the future. These assignments are important to your learning process as they are signposts of your progress throughout the course.

    In order to achieve this qualification, you will need to have attained a total of 60 learning credits. 45 of these will be taken from graded units for the subjects with academic content, whilst the other 15 units are ungraded units relating to study skills.

    In order to successfully complete your diploma you need to pass every unit of the course.

    Important notice: Online access is essential for you to access all your course content and submit your assignments.

    Following successful completion of this diploma you will be awarded a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 4000773X). This diploma has been assigned 60 credits.

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    Open College Network West Midlands work proactively 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. Open College Network West Midlands also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

    Developing your career

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) could open a range of academic pathways for you to explore, which in turn may lead to a variety of healthcare careers. For example, you could go on to study an applied science undergraduate degree programme in disciplines including healthcare management, psychology and biology. An undergraduate degree in healthcare or a related science subject could lead to a range of exciting careers depending on your specialities. Some possibilities include:

    • Adult nurse
    • Dietitian/ Nutritionist
    • Social worker
    • Occupational therapist
    • Counsellor

    Whatever your dream career, Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to take your study further and invest in your career.

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    Due to popular demand and limitations in the Advanced Learner Loan funding, we are currently unable to offer Advanced Learner Loans for our Access Diplomas.

    However, if you are aged 19 – 23 and an Access to HE Diploma will be your first full Level 3 qualification, fee remission may apply, making the course free. If you are not eligible for fee remission but would like to start an Online Access course, you would need to privately fund your qualification.

    For further information please email info@highbury.ac.uk.

    Please check this webpage regularly for updates as we will be applying for additional funding available from November.


    Further Information

    Course ref: 4000773X

    Course starts: Anytime

    Notional Learning Hours: 600

    Modules: 19

    Technical requirements

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