Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health)
- Course length
- 1 year 3-4 days per week (10am-3pm)
- Awarded by
- Open College Network West Midlands
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a highly-recognised and intensive Level 3 qualification, equivalent to A-levels. It is primarily designed for learners who are considering returning to study but don’t have the necessary entry requirements for higher education courses in their chosen career pathway.
Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) is specifically designed for:
- Students with a current or previous role in care, working as a health assistant, care assistant or care worker
- Students who have not participated in or benefitted from previous educational experiences due to their individual circumstances
- Learners seeking a change of employment direction, or a boost to their career opportunities, who can show a demonstrable interest in entering a profession related to health and social care
Our course is designed to help you to return to study if you have been out of education for a long time.
In order to successfully compete the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health), you must achieve a total of 60 credits through studying the following units and subjects:
- Social Science academic subjects such as psychology and sociology
- Health academic subjects including anatomy, respiration and circulation, cell biology, diseases, infection control and health studies
- Skills for Learning
By completing this Diploma, you will be able to progress onto a higher education course. Possible future study and career options include childhood studies, nursing, health and social care, midwifery, public health, occupational therapy, operating department practice, paramedic practice, physiotherapy, social work, psychology and sociology. Applicants should note that many of the career pathways linked to this area of study such as; nursing, midwifery, social work or occupational health, do also require GCSE English, maths and on some occasions Science at grade 4 (grade C) or above.
Why should I choose this course?
- This course will give you a nationally recognised qualification if you do not have the necessary qualifications to enter university.
- You will develop the necessary study skills and key areas of knowledge within your chosen subject or career pathway.
- The course will help you to become an independent, self-directed learner and help prepare you for the demands of studying at undergraduate level
- You will benefit from a positive and supportive learning experience that will develop your skills and confidence to progress on to higher education.
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Teaching and assessment
Learning will be assessed in a variety of methods to prepare the learners to study at university. These may include essays, report writing, online assessment, and presentations. Learners must achieve 60 credits at Level 3. 45 are Graded Credits in Academic Modules at Pass, Merit or Distinction, and 15 are Ungraded Credits in Skills for Learning.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Our Access to Higher Education Diploma course has been designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education.
Career pathways linked to this area of study such as; nursing, midwifery, social work or occupational health, will require students to have achieved GCSE English Language and maths.
- Applicants must have at least three year’s life experience outside of formal education gained since completing compulsory schooling
- Applicants must have a minimum of GCSE English Language or Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or Functional Skills level 2
- Applicants will be required to achieve a Level 2 in the BKSB assessments at interview.
There may be the opportunity to study GCSE English Language / maths alongside the course as part of your studies.
What will I study?
You will study the following subjects:
- Social Science academic subjects including introduction to psychology, social influence, abnormal psychology, abnormal psychology, introduction to sociology and sociology of health
- Health academic subjects including anatomy, human disease and prevention, human nutrition and the digestive system, human reproduction, growth and development, respiration and circulation and cell biology
- Skills for Learning subjects including progressing to higher education, preparing for a higher education admission interview, academic writing skills and study techniques
Careers and progression
By completing this course, you will be able to progress into higher education at an institution of choice (depending on entry requirements). There are also opportunities to move into higher education at UCB and build on your growing knowledge and skills. You could take a degree in Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner), Health and Social Care, Public Health and Health Promotion, Youth, Community and Families, Nursing, Social Work and Physiotherapy.
Possible future study and career options include nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, operating department practice, paramedic practice, physiotherapy, social work, psychology and sociology.