Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) – Open College Network West Midlands

Course Code: AHHDP
Learning Aim Code: 40003930
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time (14 hours per week)
Duration: One Year
Campus: Paget Road Campus, Wellington Road Campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you are 19 or over and want to pursue a higher education qualification in a health-related subject but lack the necessary qualifications to go to university our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) will give you the skills you need to go on to a degree.

An Access to Higher Education qualification is widely recognised by universities and bridges the gap between existing education and what is needed to study at degree level.

The diploma is an intensive and challenging one-year course that will give you an overview of health services in the 21st century, help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed for university.

To succeed on this course you will need to be committed and focused and have a zest for learning, as well as good time management skills, particularly if you work and have family responsibilities.

Before you embark on the course it is important that you know what you want to study at university, have thoroughly researched your chosen course and attended university open days.

If you want to pursue a career in the health sector our Access to HE (Health Pathway) course will set you on the road to a great career in the health service.

What will I learn?

The Health pathway will focus on:

  • Health studies
  • Psychology
  • Human biology

You will also develop your ICT skills

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the underpinning skills, knowledge and academic conventions needed for Higher Education
  • Learn how to research, design, plan and write educational assignments as well as developing your critical and evaluative thinking skills
  • Develop an appreciation for the promotion of active reading to identify relevant information and take part in discussions and debates based on informed reading
  • Develop your analytical skills to give you the confidence to participate in verbal and written educational debate
  • Develop your practical skills and appreciate the need for attention to detail

How will I be assessed?

This is an assessment-based course and will include a combination of essays, reports, presentations, group discussions and timed examinations

What can I do next?

The skills you will learn on this course will enable you to:

  • Move on to a higher education course in a health-related subject (you are advised to check that the Access to HE course is accepted as entry to your chosen university course)
  • Pursue a career in the health service such as in nursing, midwifery or the ambulance service

What are the Entry Requirements?

Ideally, you will need to have GCSEs grade C (4) or above in English and maths, however, if you do not possess these qualifications, you will need to demonstrate the following in a rigorous admissions process:

  • level 2 maths skills via online assessment and.
  • level 2 English skills through online and written assessments

Please note:

  • Students who are contemplating studying for a degree in one of the healthcare professions will need to ensure that they have sufficient paid on unpaid work experience to satisfy university entry requirements
  • When applying to university a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will be necessary
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