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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
1.2 Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002504
Price:
£135.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+
QAA aim code:
40008393

Qualification Summary

The Diploma has a strong emphasis on the skills required of workers in the health service in the 21st century. The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of underpinning knowledge relevant to the role of any worker within the health professions, including care principles, reflective practice and an introduction to the healthcare system. Learners can select from a range of optional units linked to nursing, midwifery, paramedic or radiography skills which will allow them to focus on a particular area of the health professions. They can then choose to study units around ill health and the role that socio-economic status and life choices have on health. A mandatory unit on care principles shows the importance placed on the subject within the health profession.

Learners must choose from a selection of mandatory and optional ungraded units to support underpinning skills, including a mandatory communication unit, linked to speaking and listening which is a vital skill for any worker within the health professions.

Learners who have followed these routes may not have come from a health or care background, so they may need to refresh/develop 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?

The Diploma has a strong emphasis on the skills required of workers in the health service in the 21st century. The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of underpinning knowledge relevant to the role of any worker within the health professions, including care principles, reflective practice and an introduction to the healthcare system. Learners can select from a range of optional units linked to nursing, midwifery, paramedic or radiography skills which will allow them to focus on a particular area of the health professions. They can then choose to study units around ill health and the role that socio-economic status and life choices have on health. A mandatory unit on care principles shows the importance placed on the subject within the health profession.

Learners must choose from a selection of mandatory and optional ungraded units to support underpinning skills, including a mandatory communication unit, linked to speaking and listening which is a vital skill for any worker within the health professions.

Learners who have followed these routes may not have come from a health or care background, so they may need to refresh/develop 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.

Units

Graded Mandatory

Learners must complete 21 credits from the Mandatory Graded group, a maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Graded Research group, and remaining 18 credits from the Optional Graded group.

Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 21 credits from this group.

Care Principles

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025398
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Human Anatomy and Physiology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006413
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Introduction to Healthcare

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025572
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Professional Interpersonal Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025402
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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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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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Optional Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete a minimum of 9 credits if this group is selected.

An Introduction to Health and Disease

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018205
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Antenatal Care and the Role of the Midwife

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010492
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Cells and Tissues

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025366
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Circulation, Immunity and Homeostasis

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006178
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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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Female Genital Mutilation Awareness

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025411
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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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Health Physics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006383
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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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Human Body Systems - Circulation and Gaseous Exchange

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006415
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Human Reproduction and Health Related Issues

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025630
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Incident Scene Management

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025416
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Inclusivity and Disability

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025404
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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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Mental Health and Illness

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025831
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Physics: Medical Applications for Radiography

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026260
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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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Role and Responsibilities of the Paramedic Team

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025413
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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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Sociology of Health

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU007094
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Support Individuals during Emergency Situations

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025418
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The Role of the Midwife during Labour and Birth

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025829
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 credits from this group.

Mandatory Ungraded Units

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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Drug Calculations and Health Related Charts

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025837
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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 Ungraded Units

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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Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007486
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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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Optimising Examination Performance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025280
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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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Work Placement

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025609
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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.

Learners who have followed these routes may not have come from a health or care background, so they may need to refresh/develop 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.


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 skills related to care will be acquired, whilst the underpinning skills within the ungraded units will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto relevant degrees.


What this diploma covers

Learners will study a range of mandatory units which are related to acquiring an understanding of the health service and its principles of care. They will have the opportunity to undertake a research unit where they can study a specific area of health related to their interest. The optional unit choices allow the students to explore a range of topics, including specialist subjects such as understanding the impact of disease, social drugs or socio-economic status on a person’s health as well as undertaking a minimum of nine credits being taken from one of the specialist optional groups to allow the learner to make informed choices about the route which they want to take on a degree level programme. The units will 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. speaking and listening skills which are highly relevant to patient facing roles within the National Health Service.


Delivery methods

• Face to face
• Blended learning
• Work placements would also be beneficial.


Progression routes

• BSc (Hons) Nursing
• BSc Hons Nursing (Mental Health)
• BSc Hons Nursing (Child)
• Degree Apprenticeships Nursing
• BSc (Hons) Health Studies
• Midwifery - BSc (Hons)
• Foundation Degree (FD or FdSc) in Paramedic Science
• BSc (Honours) Paramedic Science
• Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)
• BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology).


Progression route entry requirements

Learners will probably require a pass in biology or another science alongside maths and English at GCSE level to progress onto a degree course.


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

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