19+
19+

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions)
General Pathway

19+ Advanced Learner Loan
  • Limited number of 19+ loans available on this course.
  • Offer expires 31st October 2017
199
LOANS Left available on this course

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions) - General Pathway

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions) provides learning that covers aspects of Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. It is a nationally recognised qualification, designed to give you the skills and knowledge you will need to apply for a degree course at university.

If you want to take a medicine and healthcare related course at university, but don’t have the required entry qualifications. this is a great way of re-starting your studies and getting the qualification you need to gain university entrance.

Check your University will accept this qualification

Most universities and colleges accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as an entry requirement, but we strongly recommend that you check with each of the institutions you’re interested in attending. The syllabus tab (below) provides course specifications which identify the units provided in this course, so you can let the universities know the ground of learning your qualification will have covered.

You will need Maths and English GCSE grade C

Universities and colleges are likely to ask you for a minimum of Grade C in English and Maths GCSEs, or equivalent. You’ll also need to meet this requirement in order to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions).

How soon can I get my Access to Higher Education Diploma?

Set the pace of your learning

You set the pace of your learning, and studying independently means you need to set aside time and be realistic about how much time you can dedicate to your studies. With this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you can take any time, from 9 months to 2 years, to successfully complete all the assignments.

You’re not alone

Contact is all available, obviously with your assessor, but also with students on the same course, via our unique platform PEARL. There are debates and forums in which you can participate. Sharing thoughts and ideas is all part of the learning process.

How do I submit assignments?

Your study materials will be broken down into units, and you will complete an assignment for each unit. You can make notes, or ‘assignment planners’ inside the course materials for each unit as you go along; they will prepare you for the way you need to study at university.

Get feedback from your personal assessor

All the study materials are online and your personal assessor will also mark all your assignments in our virtual learning environment platform, PEARL. Your feedback will be mostly via email and is also in PDFs which will be delivered within PEARL, so you can log-on and chart your progress. Your assessor will also provide guidance to help you successfully complete assignments.

Assignments and credits

The assignment itself relates exactly to the study materials and is your way of proving that you have learned it. All assignments provide the evidence against which you are awarded learning credits. 60 credits equates to an Access to Higher Education Diploma. The 60 credits comprise 15 ungraded credits and 45 graded (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Life after your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions)

You will probably apply for your actual university/college entrance while you are still studying for this qualification. Universities offer ‘conditional’ places on their courses, for example: on condition that you achieve the qualification, or: on condition you achieve a certain level of qualification. The Medicine/Healthcare related degree course you have identified as your end goal, should ideally be already lined up by you, so that on achieving this qualification, you can continue your studies and start a new life at Uni.

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: 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: 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 7: Electromagnetic Spectrum

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles and types of electromagnetic waves.
  • Understand the properties of visible and ultraviolet light.
  • Understand the properties of microwaves and infrared.
  • Understand the biohazards of ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
  • Understand the hazards and uses of XRays in medical applications.

Unit 8: 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.
  • Understand the straight line model of the behaviour of light.
  • Understand the behaviour and properties of magnets and magnetic fields, electric charge and electric current.

Unit 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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.
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds.

Unit 12: 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 organicchemicals.

Unit 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: Cell Biology

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 19: The Brain & Nervous System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine & Healthcare Professions) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (400/0519/7). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study a healthcare related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit of above.
  2. Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  3. Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  4. Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  5. Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc..

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the diploma and unit choices within meet each set of entry requirements. 

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

If you’re a UK resident aged 19 or over then you’ll have to pay your own fees but you can apply for the government backed 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. This will be paid back in monthly installments but the payments only begin once you’ve finished the Access to HE course and are earning over £21,000 pa.

Ideally, once you’ve finished the Access to HE Diploma you’ll then go on to complete a Higher Education (HE) qualification, such as a degree course. The outstanding balance of your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan will then be written off.

The degree course does not have to relate to the Access to HE course that you’ve previously taken, however, both must be successfully (Access and Degree) completed in order to cancel re-payment of the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

What's included:

  • All study materials
  • Study guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan with this course. We are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. You can access your Advanced Learner Loan if you meet the criteria. Two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.
19+

Learn more >

Payment Method
With an Advanced Learner Loan
Registration Fee £37.25
Repayments: No Payments until salary reaches £21,000
Total Price: £3,384.00
Register
EU Social Fund
SFA England

Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE)

Student Finance England is a Student Loans Company service, providing financial support to students on behalf of the UK Government.

You can enrol today and pay much, much later

You can access your course information straight away. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

*Cashback will be paid to you once you have finished paying for your course in full. For more information, please see our cash back terms and conditions. The total amount payable over the term's period, is no more than the total cash price of the course. (APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.
19+

Yes, when you study using this kind of funding, Dimensions Training Solutions offers considerably more than the same one without the 19+ funding loan.

Enhanced course content

Six Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) modules are embedded in the content of your course: Maths, English, Digital Life Skills, Confidence, Resilience and Meeting Deadlines.

You can choose to study a further four: Workplace Ready, Initiative, Teamwork and Problem Solving. These are all designed to boost your personal skill level and help your career progression.

Additional personal support

A Student Support Officer (SSO) will be assigned to you, so you have a single point of contact throughout your course to support you with any admin issues. Dimensions Training Solutions regularly update the SFA with details of study hours, and evidence of learning, in order to responsibly account for your course funding.

You will have an Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date” and your SSO is there to encourage and help you stay on course. This is in addition to your Assessor, who assesses your work and provides personal constructive feedback.


The difference between courses funded by 19+ loan and privately funded courses

Features Course funded
by 19+ Advanced Learner Loans
Course funded privately
Personal Student Support Officer assigned to you
Personal Assessor Support assigned to you Automatic embedding of 6 key Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) in course
10 EILS available
Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date”
Flexible deadline to finish your course
Online study delivery
Postal study delivery
Payment in full or in instalments while you study
Eligibility requirement for loan
Nothing to pay until course is finished and you earn over £21,000 pa.
Are you eligible for a 19+
Advanced Learner Loan?
  • Aged over 19 and living in the UK?
  • 19+ loans are Government backed, so you only pay them back if you’re earning over £21,000 a year.