Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) - Natural Science

Overview

Why choose Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)?

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) has been designed for learners who have been out of education for a while but who want to change direction and gain improved skills and knowledge in preparation for a scientific career.

Not only does the course deal with a wide base of scientific areas and subjects, including human biology, nutrition, and immunity, atomic structure, physics, and optics, it also teaches you how to write academically, and how to carry out scientific research. You’ll learn how to create research reports, how to interpret new information, and how to study to a higher education level.

If you have always wanted to work in a laboratory, discover new scientific truths, and contribute something useful to the world, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) is a really good start in that specific direction. The career paths you could choose after your degree could range from cutting-edge research in universities to medical work and other health-related practice.

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 skills and 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 natural science-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: 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 2: 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 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: 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 5: 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 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: 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 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: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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.

Unit 19: 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.

Requirements

All learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent qualification), a relevant NVQ at level 2 or above and aspire to study a related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to Higher Education Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each University has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at Merit or Distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. We strongly recommend learners starting an 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 L2 NVQ qualification in a related subject.

Each learner must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. This research should be undertaken as soon as possible. West London's College will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment

Your chosen pathway will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You'll find 'assessment planners' included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your personal tutor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you've produced, and how you can improve.

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.

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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

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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Further Information

Course ref: 40004004

Course starts: Anytime

Guided Learning Hours: 360

Level: 3

Modules: 19

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