Learners must complete 45 graded credits at level 3 from 'academic subject content units. 15 credits must be taken from the Mandatory graded group. A maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Research optional group and the remaining 24 credits must be taken from the Optional Graded unit group. Learners must complete 15 ungraded credits, 3 credits from the Mandatory ungraded group and 12 credits from the Optional ungraded group.
Why choose this qualification?
The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to radiography and science-based topics. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes. The mandatory units include key units for radiography. These include: Health Physics: Medical Applications for Radiography, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Physics: Radiation, Waves and Particles. Many learners join degrees related to radiography or science after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.
Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills. There is only one mandatory unit, Preparation for Higher Education, to allow centres the flexibility to select units that are relevant to their students. Feedback from the HEI suggested that we should include communication and patient care as well as disability awareness. To ensure that learners have the best chance of a wide range of progression routes, these have been included in the ungraded units allowing learners the maximum chance to undertake science-based units as graded.