Intended learner groups
a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.
How this diploma meets learners' needs
The Diploma will provide them with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of knowledge will be acquired which support an understanding of medicine and will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto the relevant degrees.
What this diploma covers
The units include a balance of units which allow the learners to keep their options open until they have fully decided on their preferred route at degree level. The ungraded units have been chosen to support both progression into higher education and also to allow the learners to develop skills relevant to the subject area e.g. introduction to biology and preparation for higher education. A drug calculation unit has also been included to continue the focus on the importance of maths within health based study. This is highly relevant to work in the healthcare sector.
Face to face
Assessment will be from a variety of methods: Project, exam, practical investigation, report, annotated diagram, experiment, graphs and charts, short answer questions, written assignment.
Successful completion criteria
Learners will likely require a pass in maths and English at GCSE level or a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths to progress onto a degree course.
• Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)
• Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) BSc (Hons)
• Biology BSc (Hons)
• Bioscience BSc (Hons)
• BSc Biomedicine
• BSc Biomedical Science
• BSc (Hons.) Biomedical Science
• BSc (Hons.) Biochemistry
• BSc (Hons.) Pharmaceutical Science
• BSc (Hons.) Pharmacy
• BSc (Hons) Nursing
• BSc Hons Nursing (Child)
• Degree Apprenticeships Nursing
Provider approval criteria
Depending on the choice of unit, centres will require access to relevant science equipment.