Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions)

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    Overview

    If you didn’t take any science-related A-levels but now wish to build a career in medicine or healthcare, studying Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions) 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 that 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. Completing an Access to HE Diploma is a long-established and accepted route to university and the majority of UK universities welcome 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 (Medicine and Health Care Professions) 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 to study will teach you to organise your time, write with relevance and summarise for academic purposes, whilst science and healthcare specific units will provide you with the entry knowledge you need to excel on any higher education science, healthcare or medicine programme.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will have an excellent grounding in medical science and healthcare, as well as a basic understanding of physics and chemistry. As a result, you will be able to apply for a number of undergraduate degree programmes. Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions) is the first step in your journey towards higher education and, potentially, a successful career within healthcare.

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

    Once you have enrolled onto your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions), you will be given 24/7 online access to interactive and easy-to-follow materials that cover a range of topics, including: cell metabolism, human immunity, radioactivity and the human endocrine and nervous system. 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 (Medicine and Health Care Professions) is flexible and allows you to study at the 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 have been designed with you and your busy schedule in mind.

    Nervous about taking this step towards your future? You needn’t be. You will have a dedicated personal tutor who will be 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 Human Muscular and Skeletal System

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

    Unit 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: Cell Metabolism

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand the glycolytic pathway and fermentation of sugar to yield alcohol.
    • Understand the tricarboxylic acid cycle.
    • Understand the dark reactions in photosynthesis.

    Unit 11: 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 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

    Unit 13: 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.

    Unit 14: 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 health care.
    • Understand the health applications of a selected part of electromagnetic spectrum.
    • Understand how ultrasound is used in health care.

    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: 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 17: 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.

    Unit 18: 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 19: 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.

    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 Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions) is modular and composed of graded and ungraded units that allow you to quickly and easily absorb the course material 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 attain 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 gain your diploma you need to successfully pass all units within the course.

    Important notice: Online access is required in order to access your course content and submit your assignments.

    Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Health Care Professions)
    Following successful completion of this diploma you will be awarded a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref:40008836). This diploma has been assigned 60 credits.

    Open College Network West Midlands

    Open College Network West Midlands is a national Awarding Validating Agency, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop, maintain and award nationally recognised qualifications.

    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 (Medicine and Health Care Professions) will make a range of medicine or healthcare degree programmes accessible to you. Upon graduation, you may find yourself working within a private surgery, a charity organisation or the NHS, and you could specialise in a range of areas such as:

    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Physiotherapy
    • Midwifery
    • Psychology
    • Nursing

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

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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: 40008836

    Course starts: Anytime

    Notional Learning Hours: 600

    Modules: 19

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