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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
1.3 Health and Social Care
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002516
Price:
£135.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification Summary

The Diploma has a strong emphasis on the skills required of the health or social care worker in the 21st century. The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of underpinning knowledge relevant to the role of the health or social care worker, including an introduction to the role of the health or social care worker and the healthcare system, care principles which underpin all activity across the sector and safeguarding which is vital in protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults. Learners can select from a range of optional units linked to health or social care skills which are also strongly based around equality and diversity and the relevant values required within the sector. They can choose to study units around ill health and the role that socio-economic status and life choices have on health; they also can choose to study a specific medical condition, dementia or the impact that the media has on perspectives around health and social care.

Learners must choose from a selection of mandatory and optional ungraded units to support underpinning skills, including a mandatory working with others unit, which is a vital skill for any health or social care worker.

Learners who have followed these routes may not have come from a health or care background, so they may need to brush up their skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest. If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access to HE Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.


Why choose this qualification?

This Diploma has a strong emphasis on the skills required of the health or social care worker in the 21st century. The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of underpinning knowledge relevant to the role of the health or social care worker, including an introduction to the role of the health or social care worker and the healthcare system, care principles which underpin all activity across the sector and safeguarding which is vital in protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults. Learners can select from a range of optional units linked to health or social care skills which are also strongly based around equality and diversity and the relevant values required within the sector. They can choose to study units around ill health and the role that socio-economic status and life choices have on health; they also can choose to study a specific medical condition, dementia or the impact that the media has on perspectives around health and social care.

Learners must choose from a selection of mandatory and optional ungraded units to support underpinning skills, including a mandatory working with others unit, which is a vital skill for any health or social care worker.

Learners who have followed these routes may not have come from a health or care background, so they may need to brush up their skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest. If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 18 Credits must be taken from the mandatory group with a maximum of 6 credits from the Research optional group, the remaining 21 credits must be taken from the Health and Social Care optional group.


Units

Graded Research Units

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Research Skills for Health or Care

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026035
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Research: Extended Writing Project for Health or Care

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026037
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Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 18 credits from this group.

Care Principles

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025398
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Introduction to Healthcare

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025572
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Mental Health and Illness

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025831
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Safeguarding Children, Young People and/or Vulnerable Adults

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025409
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The Role of the Health or Social Care Professional

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025672
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Optional Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 21 credits from this group.

An Introduction to Health and Disease

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018205
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Dementia Awareness

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025825
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Duty of Care in Care Settings

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026109
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Effective and Reflective Practice

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017815
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Equality and Diversity within Care Services

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025436
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Government Policy in Relation to Current Health Issues

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018799
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Government Policy in Relation to Current Social Welfare Issues

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018796
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Health Psychology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025835
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Health or Social Care Professions: Ethics and Values

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025438
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Inclusivity and Disability

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025404
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Life Course

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU005966
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Management of Ill Health

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025400
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Media Perspectives of Health and Social Care

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025681
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Poverty and Social Exclusion

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014245
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Promoting Health

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU005980
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Social Drugs and Medicines

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025833
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Social Work Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006006
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Social Work and Disability

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014232
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Sociology of Health

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU007094
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Structure and Contexts of Health and Social Care Delivery

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025683
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Understand Care and Support Planning

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026107
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Understand Care of the Elderly

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026111
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Understanding Social and Physical Aspects of Adult Relationships

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006060
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 credits from this group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 9 credits from this group.

Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007486
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Communication - Speaking and Listening

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007560
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Drug Calculations and Health Related Charts

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025837
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Presenting Information Using ICT

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU027084
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Presenting Information Using ICT

Level:
Level 2
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025450
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Work Placement

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025609
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QAA aim code

4000837X

Target 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.


Progression Routes

Progression routes are into a range of nursing or health related degrees including:
• BSc (Hons) Nursing
• BSc Hons Nursing (Mental Health)
• BSc Hons Nursing (Child)
• BSc (Hons) Health Studies
• Midwifery - BSc (Hons)
• BA (Hons) Health and Social Care
• BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
• FdA Health and Social Care
• BA (Hons) Social Work
• BSc (Hons) Social Work

Progression could also be onto a higher apprenticeship in Care such as the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care or the degree apprenticeship in Nursing.


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  • Access to HE Diplomas are designed for adult learners aged 19+ and the ESFA only funds young people on these programmes by exception, as stated in paragraph 149, page 39 of the Funding guidance for young people 2020 to 2021.

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

The following support materials will help you deliver this qualification.

Access to HE Quick Guides

Information for Access Centres

Access to HE Administration

Assignment briefs

Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.

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