Distance Learning
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.


About this course

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) opens up the chance for you to apply for a degree in health studies. If you’ve ever wanted to work in the health service or in related fields, but didn’t have the qualifications to meet the needs of those types of job, it will provide you with that opportunity to get back into education – perhaps change direction – and make your ambitions real. Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) is excellent preparation for higher level academic work and will get you ready to experience university life. If you follow it up with a university degree, it could lead to a valuable career in practice, research, or eventually management, within the health service, private practice, or community health and social care. Most universities in the UK will accept Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) as an entry requirement, though you should check this with individual establishments you would like to attend. In addition to the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health), most colleges and universities will require a minimum of GCSE grade C in English and Maths or an accepted equivalent. For this reason, you will need this minimum requirement to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health). Modules for this course

Module 1: Preparing to study

Module 2: Academic writing skills

Module 3: Preparing a written assignment

Module 4: Independent research

Module 5: Progressing to Higher Education

Module 6: Equality and diversity within health care

Module 7: The History of the National Health Service

Module 8: Introduction to psychology

Module 9: The Roles and responsibilities of health care professionals

Module 10: Contemporary health issues

Module 11: Introduction to Sociology

Module 12: Human nutrition & the digestive system

Module 13: Human reproduction, growth & development

Module 14: The human musculoskeletal system

Module 15: Cell biology Module 16: Social factors in health care

Module 17: The brain & nervous system

Module 18: Inequalities in health & illness

Module 19: Approaches to health

Entry Requirements

Learners wishing to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma need to have a GCSE in Maths and English or an appropriate equivalent qualification at level 2 or above and have the ultimate goal of studying a related degree at university.

For a wide range of universities Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil part of their entry criteria on many of their courses. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are eligible to be used within the standard UCAS application process. Access to Higher Education Diplomas have historically been an effective way to help learners get places at their university and degree of choice. It is important potential learners should understand that each University will have their own set of admission criteria and that they only have a set number of places on each course. These admission criteria can change at any time at the universitys discretion and include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Achievement of a set amount of credits at Merit or Distinction level.

  2. Attendance and success at a face-to-face interview at the University.

  3. Fulfilling a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy standards and potentially passing an in-house assessment.

  4. Completion of mandatory prescribed work placements, work experience and potentially a sandwich year of paid work experience.

  5. It is recommended that learners starting their Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full level 2 qualification in a related subject. These conditions form part of some universities entrance criteria.

All learners studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma must perform their own research to ensure their diploma is correctly specified. It is the learner's responsibility to ensure that the Diploma they are studying gives them the best possible chance of being accepted for a place on a course at their university of choice. This research must be undertaken independently as soon as possible once the learner has started their course, it can even begin beforehand. West London will not be able to accept responsibility or any liability with respect to any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to gain an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment Method

The structure of your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) is designed to be modular, to promote bite-size learning that can be quickly absorbed. It is made up of a series of units, each of which contains one or more smaller parts known as Assessment Criteria. At the end of each unit, you will complete an assignment, marked by your personal tutor. They will feedback to you about the quality and effectiveness of your work, and provide guidance on how you can improve, always aiming to help you achieve more than you expect.

Assignments carry learning credits, which are a standard way of acknowledging student progress through a course. Your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) carries a maximum of 60 learning credits and you will need to pass all of them to achieve it. Of those 60 learning credits, 45 will be graded as a Pass, Merit, or Distinction, and 15 will be un-graded.

Progression Opportunities

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) means you will be eligible to apply for a range of health-related courses at the universities of your choice, and your personal tutor will assist you where possible in your decision making around this. You can find information about each course, your eligibility, and the numbers of credits you need to be accepted on the UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service) website.

If you are unsure as to what you want to do going forward, you should check out the What to Study unit on the UCAS website, and watch the video. There are a huge number of possible careers in health practice that will open up to you on completion of your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health). All you have to do is study your hardest, learn as much as you can, and identify the pathway you want to take for a successful future.

If you go on to complete a university qualification, you wont even have to pay back the 19+ advanced learning loan if you take one out, so check out all the information and ensure you get everything you need to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health).

Study Methods

When you begin your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health), we will supply you with course materials that are comprehensive and easy to follow. We also ensure we support your learning with a broad range of relevant and useful information.

You stay in touch regularly with your personal tutor via our platform, using a phone, email, or Skype, and because this is distance learning, you can set your own study schedule to fit with your life, rather than fitting your life around your course. The benefit of this is that you can study at the pace most comfortable for you and your responsibilities, using your own study style.

This flexibility allows you to continue your usual day-to-day responsibilities, but it does mean you will be expected to develop the discipline you need to study independently. For example, you will learn to allocate a realistic amount of time to achieve the requirements of the course and ensure you make that time available.

One feature that can be very helpful if you have a very busy life with many responsibilities is that you can choose how much time you would like to take to study your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health). The minimum period of time we expect learners to complete the course is 9 months, and the maximum time is as much as 2 years. However, the intensity and format of the course mean you will quickly gain valuable skills and knowledge, no matter how relaxed your learning schedule.

Enrolment

We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times. www.wlc.ac.uk/enrol