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Health & Social Care Professions/Nursing & Midwifery Access to HE Diploma at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

The Access to HE Diploma is aimed at anyone who wants to progress to university but does not have the relevant qualifications to enter. Usually these are people who have had a break in education and would like to return and achieve a qualification.

The course includes a range of subjects chosen to equip students for a degree related to Health and Social Care Professionals or Nursing and Midwifery. The course covers units in Human Physiology, Psychology and Professional Healthcare Practice plus units specifically aimed at building study skills.

Course content

Human Physiology

Unit 1: Introduction to Cell Biology (Assessed assignment under controlled conditions, 3 credits ungraded)

Students will gain an understanding of the main characteristics of cellular organisation and function and be able to identify and use biological terms and concepts accurately.

Unit 2: Planning a Practical Investigation (Assessed by a 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

Students will negotiate their own title and theme for a project, research the background of their project and the key stages of research. They will also complete a project proposal showing justifications for their proposed methodology.

Unit 3: Human Reproductive Biology (Assessed assignment under controlled conditions, 3 credits graded) Students will learn about 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 and 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)

Students will learn about homeostasis, endocrine system, nervous system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and the respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems.

Unit 5: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles (Assessed assignment taken under controlled conditions, 3 credits graded)

Students will learn about the structure and function of bones and muscles within the human skeleton, and describe and classify joints and their movements in complex actions.

Psychology 

Unit 1: Introduction to Developmental Psychology (Assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits ungraded)

Students will be introduced to the psychodynamic, cognitive, psychosocial and learning theories of human behavior. They will focus in particular on 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)

Students will negotiate their own title and theme for a project, research the background of their project and the key stages of research. They will also complete a project proposal showing justifications for their proposed methodology.

Unit 3: Health Promotion (Assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 3 credits graded)

Students be introduced to the factors that influence health e.g. lifestyle, economy, spiritual/religion etc. and will evaluate a health promotion programme.

Unit 4: Application of Theories to Substantive Topics (Assessed by 1,000 word assignment, 6 credits assignment)

Students will focus on Atypical Psychology and will learn about concepts of atypicality, definitions and difficulties with diagnosis. They will examine the psychopathy of either depression, schizophrenia or eating disorders. They will also examine Social Psychology and will critically examine the development and maintenance of social relationships, studies of social influence and prosocial behavior, and finally prejudice and discrimination.

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

In this unit students will look at different ways of categorising and explaining aggression, and empirical studies examining the effect of media on aggression in children. Students will also examine 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)

Students will learn about key milestones in the delivery of healthcare, the ways in which healthcare has changed according to its delivery and the requirements necessary for a healthcare professional e.g. values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and ethics.

Entry requirements

Because:

All degree courses relating to Health and Social Care Professionals will expect you to have this level of Maths and English

  • GCSEs English and Maths at grade C or above
    • This one year course prepares you for university (you will be applying at the start of the course)

Further information

The course will be held on Tuesday evening (4pm-8pm) and Wednesday all day (8.30am-6pm). Students will be required to attend all lessons on both days and also occasional Saturday mornings for study skills and UCAS preparation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016

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