Access to HE Diploma in Healthcare (Nursing & Midwifery)

Summary

This course is designed for adult learners.

During this one year course you will learn about a wide range of health-related topics from anatomy and physiology to psychology and healthcare practice. You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills, which will prepare you for study at degree level and a subsequent career in the healthcare industry. It’s the ideal course to take if you wish to go to university but left school without the necessary qualifications.

You will be allocated a tutor and have access to all college facilities, including the library, and any additional learning support needs. The course runs on Tuesday evenings (17:00 – 20:00) and Wednesday daytime (08:30-17:30) during term time only.

Level: Adult education

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS:
Nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, social worker or paramedic.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS:
The majority of universities (including the University of Southampton) accept this diploma for entry to nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, social work and some other health-related courses.

Topics you'll cover

Human Physiology

Unit 1: Introduction to cell biology (assessed assignment under controlled conditions, 3 credits ungraded)

  • The main characteristics of cellular organisation and function
  • The identification and use of biological terms and concepts.

Unit 2: Planning a practical investigation (assessed by a 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

  • Project work: theme development, research (background and key stages) plus a project proposal showing justifications for proposed methodology.

Unit 3: Human reproductive biology (assessed assignment under controlled conditions, 3 credits graded)

  • The structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems
  • The role of hormonal control in the human reproductive cycle
  • Critical evaluation of different reproductive methods
  • The causes of/counselling methods available for common genetic conditions.

Unit 4: Aspects of human physiology (assessed by a 2 hour examination, 6 credits exam)

  • Homeostasis
  • Endocrine system
  • Nervous system
  • Digestive system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Gastro-intestinal systems.

Unit 5: Anatomy and physiology of the human skeleton and muscles (assessed assignment taken under controlled conditions, 3 credits graded)

  • The structure and function of bones and muscles within the human skeleton
  • Joints and their movements in complex actions.

Psychology 

Unit 1: Introduction to developmental psychology (assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits ungraded)

  • The psychodynamic, cognitive, psychosocial and learning theories of human behaviour
  • Theories of attachment (within the debate of nature vs. nurture) and their relationship to cognitive, social and emotional development.

Unit 2: Planning a research project (assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

  • Project work: theme development, research (background and key stages), and complete a project proposal showing justifications for proposed methodology.

Unit 3: Health promotion (assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

  • Factors that influence health e.g. lifestyle, economy, spiritual/religion etc.
  • An evaluation of a health promotion programme.

Unit 4: Application of theories to substantive topics (assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 6 credits assignment)

  • Atypical psychology: concepts, definitions and difficulties with diagnosis
  • Psychopathy of either depression, schizophrenia or eating disorders
  • Social psychology
  • Critical examination of: the development and maintenance of social relationships, studies of social influence and prosocial behaviour, and prejudice and discrimination.

Unit 5: The Effect of the Media on Aggression in Children (Assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

  • Different ways of categorising and explaining aggression
  • Empirical studies examining the effect of media on aggression in children
  • How aggression can be explained from each side of the nature vs. nurture debate. 

Professional Healthcare

Unit 1: Introduction to professional healthcare services and practice (assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits ungraded)

  • Key milestones in the delivery of healthcare
  • How the delivery of healthcare has changed
  • Requirements of a healthcare professional e.g. values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and ethics.

Unit 2: Planning a research project (assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

  • Project work: theme development, research (background and key stages) and production of a project proposal showing justifications for proposed methodology.

Unit 3: Carrying out a research project (assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

  • Project work: research and produce a report showing understanding of validity, reliability and ethical issues research as well as results analysis.

Unit 4: Social and community welfare provision (assessed by a 2 hour examination, 6 credits)

  • Key social issues in contemporary society that have an impact on health and how these can impact upon the health of service users
  • Key milestones in the advancement of social and community welfare provision and the core values that underpin social and health care service delivery.

Unit 5: Mental health and wellbeing (assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

  • Terms that define, and factors that influence, mental wellbeing and mental ill health
  • Why positive mental health is important
  • Risk factors and strategies for coping with mental ill health.

Additional units

Study skills (3 credits ungraded)

  • Preparation for higher education: personal development skills (e.g. CV preparation, applying to UCAS, interview skills) and organisational skills (e.g. time management, research and referencing skills).

Further study skills (assessed through a mini-portfolio, 3 credits ungraded)

  • Presentation skills (e.g. planning, preparing and giving a presentation)
  • Essay planning and the use of reflective models in self-assessment. 

Assessment and Qualification

  • Unit assignments and two exams
  • Exam board: Ascentis
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Course entry requirements

A minimum of grade C/4 in GCSE maths and English.

Additional information

  • The course costs £3,000
  • You are exempt from paying these fees if you are aged 19-23 and have not yet achieved a full level 3 qualification
  • All students over the age of 19 are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund this course. If you take up this loan and then go on to complete a higher education course, you will be eligible to have the balance of the loan written off. However, if you don’t complete either course you will need to repay your loan in full.