Awarded by Open College Network West Midlands
Pre-Access to Higher Education Certificate (Skills in Health)
- Course length
- 1 year 3-4 days per week (10am-3pm)
Are you interested in returning to study related to the health sector? Have you been considering courses such as our Access to Higher Education Diploma but do not currently meet the requirements for Level 3 study? Our Level 2 Pre-Access to Higher Education Certificate (Skills in Health) is designed to help you progress by developing the learning skills you require, enabling you to demonstrate you are able to study for a sustained period at an appropriate level.
In order to successfully complete the Level 2 Pre-Access to Higher Education Certificate (Skills in Health), you must achieve a total of 25 credits through studying a variety of units and subjects, including areas such as Diet and Nutrition, Human Health and Disease, Psychology, Essay Writing and Note Taking.
By completing this certificate, you may then be able to progress onto a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma if you meet the entry requirements. Possible future study and career options open to you include:
- Childhood studies
- Health and social care
- Public health
- Occupational therapy
- Operating department practice
- Paramedic practice
- Social work
Please be aware that many of the career pathways linked to this area of study – such as nursing, midwifery, social work or occupational health – also require GCSE English, maths and possibly Science at grade 4 (grade C) or above. There may be the opportunity to study GCSE English Language/Maths or Functional Skills English and Maths alongside our Level 2 course as part of your studies.
Why should I choose this course?
- 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
- The course will help you to progress onto a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma
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Accreditations and Endorsements
Teaching and assessment
Learning will be assessed through a variety of methods to prepare you for study at university. These may include essays, report writing, online assessment and presentations. Learners must achieve 25 credits at Level 2.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
- 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 and Maths at grade 3 (grade D or Functional Skills level 1) or achieve a Level 1 in the BKSB assessments at interview.
There may be the opportunity to study GCSE English Language/Maths or Functional Skills English and Maths alongside the course as part of your studies.
What will I study?
You will study the following subjects:
- Barriers to Health
- Diet and Nutrition
- Health Promotion in Care Settings
- Human Health and Disease
- Introduction to Sociology
- Introduction to Health Studies
- Essay Writing
- Note Taking