Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Biological Science

Overview

Why choose Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)?

With this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) you will have the opportunity to apply for a degree in the specific biological science area of your choice. If you’ve always been fascinated by science, especially biochemistry or bioscience, and you wish you had taken A-levels in the subject, or that you had done better at school, this course opens up the chance to get back into education, change direction for your life, and create a new career path.

Covering human biology, cell metabolism, and atomic structure, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) is a thorough course in the basics of bioscience, and will prepare you for the standard of education required at university. If you follow it up fully, with a degree, it could lead to a valuable career in the pharmaceutical industry, health care, research, or cosmetics. In fact, your choices will be far wider than just these. 

Most universities in the UK will accept Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) as an entry requirement, though you should check this with individual establishments you would like to attend.

In addition to the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science), most colleges and universities will require  a minimum of GCSE grade C in English and Maths, or an accepted equivalent. For this reason, you will need this minimum requirement to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science). A relevant NVQ at Level 2 or above may also be acceptable.

 

 

How will I study my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)?

When you begin your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science), we will supply you with course materials that are comprehensive and easy to follow. We also ensure we support your learning with a broad range of relevant and useful information.

You stay in touch regularly with your personal tutor via our platform, using phone, email, or Skype, and because this is distance learning, you can set your own study schedule to fit with your life, rather than fitting your life around your course. The benefit of this is that you can study at the pace most comfortable for you and your responsibilities, using your own study style.

This flexibility allows you to continue your usual day-to-day responsibilities, but it does mean you will be expected to develop the discipline you need to study independently. For example, you will learn to allocate a realistic amount of time to achieve the requirements of the course and ensure you make that time available.

One feature that can be very helpful if you have a very busy life with many responsibilities is that you can choose how much time you would like to take to study your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science). The minimum period of time we expect learners to complete the course is 9 months, and the maximum time is as much as 2 years. However, the intensity and format of the course means you will quickly gain valuable knowledge, no matter how relaxed your learning schedule.

Assessment for my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

The structure of your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) is designed to be modular, to promote bite-size learning that can be quickly absorbed. It is made up of a series of units, each of which contain one or more smaller parts known as Assessment Criteria. At the end of each unit, you will complete an assignment, marked by your personal tutor. They will feed back to you about the quality and effectiveness of your work, and provide guidance on how you can improve, always aiming to help you achieve more than you expect.

Assignments carry learning credits, which are a standard way of acknowledging student progress through a course. Your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) carries a maximum of 60 learning credits and you will need to pass all of them to achieve it.

Of those 60 learning credits, 45 will be graded as a Pass, Merit, or Distinction, and 15 will be ungraded.

 

 

How can I follow up my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)?

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) means you will be eligible to apply for a range of bioscience-related courses at the universities of your choice, and your personal tutor will assist you where possible in your decision making around this. You can find information about each course, your eligibility, and the numbers of credits you need to be accepted on the UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service) website.

If you are unsure as to what you want to do going forward, you should check out the ‘What to Study’ unit on the UCAS website, and watch the video. There are a huge number of possible careers in health practice that will open up to you on completion of your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science). All you have to do is study your hardest, learn as much as you can, and identify the pathway you want to take for a successful future.

 

If you go on to complete a university qualification, you won’t even have to pay back the 19+ advanced learning loan if you take one out, so check out all the information and ensure you get everything you need to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science).

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: Independent Research 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area.
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Unit 5: 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 6: The Human Musculo-Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 7: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education.
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application.
  • Understand personal HE opportunities.
  • Understand the financial implications of further study.
  • Know how to apply for a course

Unit 8: Cell Biology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the cell.
  • Understand cellular metabolism.
  • Understand how cells grow and divide.


Unit 9: 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 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: 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 12: 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 13: Atomic Structure and Bonding

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: Chemical Bonding and Structure

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand electronic configuration using s,p,d notation.
  • Understand ionic, covalent and dative covalent bonding.
  • Understand polarisation and intermolecular forces.
  • Understand the relationship between structure and properties of molecules.
  • Understand electron pair repulsion theory.
  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals.

Unit 19: 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.

Requirements

Learners wishing to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma need to have a GCSE in Maths and English or an appropriate equivalent qualification at level 2 or above and have the ultimate goal of studying a related degree at university.

For a wide range of universities Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil part of their entry criteria on many of their courses. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are eligible to be used within the standard UCAS application process. Access to Higher Education Diplomas have historically been an effective way to help learners get places at their university and degree of choice. It is important potential learners should understand that each University will have their own set of admission criteria and that they only have a set number of places on each course. These admission criteria can change at any time at the university’s discretion and include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Achievement of a set amount of credits at Merit or Distinction level.

2. Attendance and success at a face-to-face interview at the University.

3. Fulfilling a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy standards and potentially passing an in-house assessment.

4. Completion of a mandatory prescribed work placements, work experience and potentially a sandwich year of paid work experience.

5. It is recommended that learners starting their Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full level 2 qualification in a related subject. These conditions form part of some universities entrance criteria.

All learners studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma must perform their own research to ensure their diploma is correctly specified. It is the learners responsibility to ensure that the Diploma they are studying gives them the best possible chance of being accepted for a place on a course at their university of choice. This research must be undertaken independently as soon as possible once the learner has started their course, it can even begin beforehand. West London and Ealing College will not be able to  accept responsibility or any liability with respect to any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to gain an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment

Every Access to Higher Education Diploma is composed of graded and ungraded units. After each unit there will be an assignment that will need to be completed and each one must be submitted online. These assignments will contain different types of task and can include any of the following: a short series of questions, an essay, an academic report, a presentation and a case study review. Within your course materials you will find comprehensive multimedia content designed to help you complete each assignment. Once you have submitted your assignment your assessor will mark your work and respond with feedback as well as ideas on how you can improve future assignments.

Learners work their way through each ungraded and graded unit in sequence. On the graded units learners should attempt to get as many ‘Distinction’ credits as possible. The graded units are very important. Some university offers maybe conditional on achievement of a certain number of ‘Distinctions’ and/or ‘Merits’. The sequence of our diploma is designed so that you work through the ungraded study skills units first. These units give you a chance to practice the skills required that will help you get the highest possible grades on the graded units.

Working through each unit in sequence ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress, provide you with feedback and assistance throughout the duration of the course. The approximate time required to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma is 360 hrs.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)
Following successful completion of this diploma you will be awarded a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40004004). This diploma has been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands

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

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership 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

We have designed our innovative learning platform specifically for Access to Higher Education Diploma delivery. Our industry leading platform gives you the best possible chance of succeeding and gaining a place at your university of choice and unlocking your dream career. All course materials are available online 24/7 ensuring you can study wherever and whenever you want.

During your journey to gain your Access to Higher Education Diploma with us we will work with you on your university application. It is likely that during your course you will start to receive University offers. Employers view Higher Education degrees as a signal of a learners ability to work independently and succeed. These are desirable features and so the power of a degree qualification is not to be underestimated. We will work with you to help you succeed and stand out from the crowd!

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Course ref: 40004004

Course starts: Anytime

Guided Learning Hours: 360

Level: 3

Modules: 19

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