What is the course about?
The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification and suitable for adults aged 19+ years. The primary purpose is to provide higher education progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, education or individual circumstances, may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications.The Diploma has a strong emphasis on the skills required of the health or social care worker in the 21st century. The mandatory group ensures that learners have a good understanding of underpinning knowledge relevant to the role of the health or social care worker, including an introduction to the role of the health or social care worker and the healthcare system, care principles which underpin all activity across the sector and safeguarding which is vital in protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults. The diploma is completed by adding other modules from a range of optional units that are linked to health or social care skills which are also strongly based around equality and diversity and the relevant values required within the sector.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
Yes, please contact our customer services before enrolling.
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
The course is designed to meet the needs of adults who have been out of full time education for a significant period of time and who may nothave not achieved some or any formal qualifications. There is no requirement for learners to have achieved prior qualifications to undertaking this qualification in Health and Social Care, however, we do need applicants to have achieved GCCE’s in English and Maths at Grade C, level 4 or above. This will ensure learners have the ability to study at Level 3 and progress to Higher Education or a Higher Apprenticeship.
What topics does the course cover?
Mandatory modules include; Care Principles, Introduction to Healthcare Mental Health and Illness, Safeguarding Children, Young People and/or Vulnerable Adults and The Role of the Health or Social Care Professional. There is also a mandatory Research unit to complete.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Delivery methods for the Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care) can include: Face to face, Blended learning, and Work placements would also be beneficial. Assessment Methods should include: Written questions and answer, reports, exam, SWOT analysis, projects, worksheets, case studies, annotated diagram, presentation, poster and self-reflection activities.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
The course fees can be paid for via an Adult Learner Loan and full details can be found on our website.You will need access to a home computer or laptop and a reliable internet source. Using a memory stick to store information can be advantageous. If you do not have your own equipment you maybe eligible for free technical equipment? Please ask our Admissions Team for support and information.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
Understand the role of health care professionals and how to apply for a higher education programme or higher apprenticeship.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
Progression routes are into a range of nursing, health or care related degrees including: BSc (Hons) Nursing, BSc Hons Nursing (Mental Health), BSc Hons Nursing (Child), BSc (Hons) Health Studies, Midwifery - BSc (Hons), BA (Hons) Health and Social Care, BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care, FdA Health and Social Care BA (Hons) Social Work and BSc (Hons) Social Work. Progression could also be onto a higher apprenticeship in Care such as the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care or the degree apprenticeship in Nursing.