Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Science

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This course starts in March 2024 (subject to recruitment numbers) **Applications close 23rd February.

This specialist Access to Health Science Professions Access to HE Diploma Level 3 is an elongated option for learners wishing to start within this academic year. The course will be part time (1 day per week) until June 2024 and then will be full time from September 2024 - June 2025 (2 days per week).

This course is designed for adult (19+) learners only who want to progress to university to study health related courses such nursing, midwifery, operating department practice (ODP) and radiography.

This course is also suitable for students who want to pursue a degree apprenticeship in the health sciences such as nursing and operating department practice. This course is validated by Gateway.

Course Information

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Access to HE courses aim to prepare 19+ learners for degree level study.
These courses are ideal for adult learners who want to develop the skills and
knowledge needed for university.


This specialist level 3 Health Science course is a one year course designed
for adult learners who want to progress to university to study health related
courses such as nursing, midwifery, operating department practice (ODP) and
radiography.


This course is also suitable for students who want to pursue a degree
apprenticeship in the health sciences such as nursing and operating department
practice. This course is validated by Gateway.


If you are 19-23, and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification, course
fees will be waived. This means you don’t have to pay anything for the course.


If you are 19-23 and already have a full level 3 qualification or 24+, you
can take out an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’
any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE
course once you have completed your degree. This means you might not have to
repay the loan.


You will be studying alongside other adults aged 19 and over, and will be
fully supported by experienced tutors.


This is a 60 credit diploma course. 15 credits from ungraded units and 45
credits are from graded units. Graded units are assessed at pass, merit and
distinction (See unit/modules for breakdown of units).


This course aims to develop the skills and knowledge required for
undergraduate courses in the health science professions. Students will develop
their academic writing skills and build a strong foundational knowledge in
anatomy & physiology and psychology. The Psychology/Health care project will
develop the independent research skills needed for degree level study.

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Who is this course for?

This course is designed for busy adult learners aged 19+ with other commitments. Delivery of the course is a mixture of class-based activities and online learning so you will attend college two days per week. In-class activities will involve lectures, group work, peer learning and project-based tasks. You will also have access to online course materials via Google Classroom, which can be accessed via your laptop, tablet and mobile phone.

If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may want to consider Level 2 qualifications such as Level 2 Access Health Science Professions or Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care CACHE Certificate Level 2.

Units / Modules

You will study ungraded study skills units such as:

  • Numeracy: 3 credits
  • Academic Skills: 3 credits
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities for Study in Higher Education: 3 credits
  • Personal Development and Learning Skills: 3 credits
  • Time management and organisation: 3 credits

In addition, you will study these specialist topics (Graded at pass, merit and distinction):

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems: 6 credits
  • Digestive system: 3 credits
  • Infection and Immunity: 6 credits
  • Immunopathology: 3 credits
  • Psychological perspectives: 6 credits
  • Research Methods: 3 credits
  • Conducting a psychology or health care project: 6 credits
  • Planning a psychology or health care project: 3 credits
  • Nervous and Musculoskeletal Systems: 6 credits
  • Reproductive System: 3 credits
  • The nervous system: Neurochemistry and the impact of drugs on behaviour (Evening or part time groups only): 3 credits
  • The nervous system: Studying the human brain (Evening or part time groups only): 3 credits
  • The nervous system: Understanding the brain and behaviour (Evening or part time groups only): 3 credits

Benefits / Skills

The study skills units will help you to develop your academic writing, numeracy and research skills. Specialist modules biology and psychology will give you the underpinning knowledge needed for university and a career in the health science professions such as nursing, midwifery, operating department practice (ODP) or radiography.

This course will also help you develop transferable skills valued by employers, including IT, teamwork, communication, problem-solving and time management.

Assessment Types

You will be assessed via range coursework including essays, exams, reports, academic posters, presentations and booklets.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs in English and maths and English at grade 4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Additional requirements include a successful interview and demonstration of appropriate sector care values.

Career Progression

Progression may include a relevant health science degree or a nursing apprenticeship.

Students who have successfully completed the Health Science Professions diploma have progressed to university to study:

  • Adult nursing
  • Child nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Radiography
  • Paramedic practice
  • Audiology
  • Operating Departmental Practice

Students have also progressed onto nursing apprenticeships.

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Course Details

Duration

18 months

Part time until June 2024

Full time from Sept 2024 to June 2025

Study Type

Full time

Start Date

04/03/2024 & 09/09/24

Course Code

79051-01

Course Fee (Adult)

£3,384   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Facts

History

If you are 19-23, and don’t already have a full level 3 qualification, course fees will be waived. This means you don’t have to pay anything for the course.

Facilities

If you are 19-23 and already have a full level 3 qualification or 24+, you can take out an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you have completed your degree. This means you might not have to repay the loan.

Extra Curriculum

You will be studying alongside other adults aged 19 and over, and will be fully supported by experienced tutors.

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