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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
1.1 Medicine and Dentistry
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ001735
Price:
£130.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification Summary

The Diploma has a strong emphasis on both biology and chemistry and learners will have the opportunity to study both equally to give a balanced view of skills to enable progression to medicine based degree programmes.

The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of fundamental principles of biology and chemistry and then learners can select from a range of optional units.

All learners must complete a minimum of 15 credits overall in both biology and chemistry/physics which will ensure a strong science base to the Diploma. Learners will also have to complete a mandatory statistical maths unit.

Learners must choose from a selection of mandatory and optional ungraded units to support underpinning skills.


Why choose this qualification?

The Diploma has a strong emphasis on both biology and chemistry and learners will have the opportunity to study both equally to give a balanced view of skills to enable progression to medicine based degree programmes. The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of fundamental principles of biology and chemistry and then learners can select from a range of optional units. All learners must complete a minimum of 15 credits overall in both biology and chemistry/physics which will ensure a strong science base to the diploma. Learners will also have to complete a mandatory statistical maths unit.

Learners must choose from a selection of mandatory and optional ungraded units to support underpinning skills.

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 45 credits from this group.


Units

Graded Research Units

Learners must achieve 6 credits from this group.

Research: Extended Writing Project for Medicine and Medical Sciences

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026073
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Research: Practical Investigation Project for Medicine and Medical Sciences

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026070
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Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must achieve 27 credits from this group.

Chemical Principles: Particles and Forces

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025703
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Fundamental Chemistry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006301
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Fundamental Concepts and Scientific Method in Biology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006307
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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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Quantitative Methods - Statistics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007442
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Optional Graded Units: Biology

Learners must achieve 6 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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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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Human Body Systems - Circulation and Gaseous Exchange

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006415
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The Endocrine System

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017109
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Understanding Genetics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU018996
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Optional Graded Units: Chemistry and Physics

Learners must achieve 6 credits from this group.

Experimental Techniques in Chemistry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006297
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Health Physics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006383
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Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006603
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Physical Science - Environmental Health and Medical Physics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025706
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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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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 credits from this group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must achieve 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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Mathematics for Science

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU013859
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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 achieve 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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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Optimising Examination Performance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025280
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Practical Science Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010772
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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:
QU017821
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QAA aim code

40008460

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.

Learners who have followed these routes may need to refresh/develop 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 scientific skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.


Provider approval criteria

Access to a laboratory is vital to undertake this diploma.


Successful completion criteria

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

Entry requirements to any medicine and medical science degree programme are very high – most universities would not even consider applicants who do not have a predominantly distinction grade profile; at some universities it is a requirement to have all 45 credits graded at distinction.

This is a crucial point for any training provider wishing to offer this diploma.

Progression Routes

Progression routes are into a range of medical and medical science degrees including:
• BSc Medical Sciences 
• BSc Applied Medical Sciences
• BSc Medical Biochemistry
• Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)
• Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) BSc (Hons)
• Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) BSc Honours
• Biology BSc (Hons) 
• Bioscience BSc (Hons)
• Chemistry BSc (Hons)
• Natural Sciences BSc (Hons)
• Bachelor of Medical Sciences with Hons Medicine
• MBChB Medicine
• BSc Biomedicine
• BSc Biomedical Science
• Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) BSc Honours


Progression route entry requirements

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

Entry requirements to any medicine and medical science degree programme are very high – most universities would not even consider anyone who does not have a predominantly distinction grade profile; at some universities it is a requirement to have all 45 credits graded at distinction. This is a crucial point for any training provider wishing to offer this diploma.


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).

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.

The assignment briefs can be easily adapted to suit your needs. We recommend checking the rules of combination for the Diploma and adapting the brief accordingly.

To provide a flavour of what’s available, you can download the below samples for free:

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