Access to HE Diploma (Health)

Who is the course for?

The Access to HE Diploma has been designed for adults who want to access Higher Education.  It will help to build your confidence and develop your social and communication skills as well as increasing your knowledge of particular subject areas.  Over the years we have progressed hundreds of learners into universities all over the country.

What previous knowledge, skills or qualifications do I need?

You will need to be confident and comfortable working at level 2 in English and maths.  Good communication skills are also essential.  We will ask you to undertake an initial assessment so that we can determine your best route into the Diploma.  It may be that you will need to do something different before you start, and your initial assessment and interview will help us to determine this.  

How will I learn?

Your tutors will adopt a mixture of approaches to teaching and learning including lectures, discussions, practical and group work.

How will my progress be monitored and assessed?

The Diploma will be assessed in a variety of different ways which could include any of the following: research project, essay, time-constrained test, presentation, report, academic poster, practical activity.

What qualification will I get?

On successful completion of the full programme you will achieve the One Awards Access to HE Diploma.  This will be enable you to progress into Higher Education through undergraduate degree programme, foundation degree or HND.      
It is essential that you research your degree course and university requirements before starting your Access to HE programme.  This will ensure that your subject choices and previous qualifications meet the universities’ entry requirements.

What equipment or materials will I need to provide?

You will require a folder and basic stationery - lined paper, pens (maximum cost £5.00).  For maths and science based units you may also require a scientific calculator (approx. cost £5.00).  Your tutor will discuss this and any required reading materials with you when you start your course.  Learning Support Funds may be available to assist with the cost of equipment and books.

Where, when and how much?

All classes will take place online.  Course Units are delivered over a variety of different days.  Please ask for a timetable.  Costs vary depending on individual circumstances and this will be discussed at your interview.

What other support is available?

Help with numeracy or literacy is available.  ICT drop-in sessions are available during term time and are open to all learners.  Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  Discretionary Learner Support and Bursary Support may be available for equipment, childcare and travel to learners who qualify. For further details please ask when enrolling.

Who can I ask for advice?

There are a number of experienced and qualified staff to help you at Newcastle City Learning.  They are available throughout the term and on our open days and enrolment events.

For enrolment enquiries, please contact:
0191 277 3520

What will I do on the course?

This Diploma is made up of 15 ungraded credits at level 2 and 45 graded credits at level 3 delivered in two semesters.  All units in this diploma are mandatory.


English Language Writing Skills (mandatory, L2 ungraded, 3 credits)

To develop learners’ ability to produce written work in appropriate form and style for different purposes using standard English and grammatical conventions.
•    Be able to write using standard English with appropriate grammatical conventions
•    Be able to write in appropriate form and style for different purposes
•    Be able to compile information from a variety of sources


Mathematics – Data Handling and Statistics (mandatory, L2 ungraded, 3 credits)

To develop learners’ understanding of basic correlation and probabilities, to be able to use measures and collate and display data appropriately.
•    Know how to collect, tabulate, display and analyse data
•    Understand basic correlation
•    Use measures of central tendency and dispersion
•    Understand probabilities


Mathematics – Number (mandatory, L2 ungraded, 3 credits)

To develop learners’ understanding of basic numerical operations and how to apply these to everyday situations.
•    Understand and use basic operations with whole numbers, integers, factions and decimals
•    Understand and use percentages
•    Apply numerical techniques to deal with figures in everyday situations
•    Understand metric and imperial systems of units
•    Understand and use basic rules for indices and numbers expressed in standard form


Study Skills (mandatory, L2 ungraded, 6 credits)

To enable learners to
•    Develop the skills to plan their studies and utilise learning resources
•    Develop skills in notetaking and structuring
•    Correctly reference written work


Health Promotion (mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

To develop the learners’ understanding of concepts of health, ill-health and epidemiology, and the strategies that can be used to plan, deliver and evaluate an effective health promotion activity.
•    Understand concepts of health and health promotion
•    Understand the importance of epidemiology in relation to health promotion
•    Understand ways in which health promotion is delivered
•    Understand the aims of a health promotion activity


Humans Against Disease (mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

To develop learners’ understanding of disease, its development and transmission from person to person.  Additionally, the learner will explore methods of prevention and control, including the body’s own ability to protect itself.
•    Recognise various categories of disease
•    Understand methods of transmission of infectious disease
•    Appreciate the prevention and control of disease
•    Understand how the human body can resist and overcome disease


Human Biology (mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

To develop learners’ understanding of the human body in terms of structure and function, the inter relation of different bodily systems, homeostasis, growth and reproduction and the body’s ability to defend itself from disease.  
•    Understand the significance of different levels of organisation in the human body
•    Understand that structure is related to function
•    Understand how the functions of different systems are inter-related
•    Understand the importance of homeostasis
•    Understand the nature of growth and reproductive processes
•    Understand the role of the body defences

Professional Skills in Health Care (mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

To develop the learners’ understanding of the importance of skilful communication and professionalism within health care practice and team settings, with due regard to clients’ rights.
•    Understand the importance of interpersonal skills related to health care practice
•    Understand barriers to communication
•    Understand issues related to working in a team
•    Understand professionalism in relation to approaches to health care
•    Understand the complexity of clients’ rights in health care


Psychology (mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

To develop learners’ understanding of the scientific nature of psychology and psychological perspectives.  Additionally, the unit enables learners to understand psychological terminology and the ethical issues related to human and animal behaviour.
•    Understand research methods used in psychology
•    Understand different psychological perspectives
•    Understand ethical issues in the scientific investigation of human behaviour