Access to Higher Education Diploma Unit Guide

Diagnosis and management of physiological Disorders (9 Credits)

There are a range of physiological disorders identified here in this unit. You will be made aware of

Healthcare Communication (3 Credits)

This unit relates to communication between health care professionals and clients. Here you will be

Definitions of Health (3 credits)

This unit begins by exploring some of the concepts, theories and definitions of health. It will go

Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Strategies (3 Credits)

Here we discuss an area of psychological investigation that relates to ‘abnormal ‘behaviour and

Key Aspects of Psychology (6 Credits)

This Psychology unit includes theoretical explanations of human behaviour and includes many examples

Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and Drugs (3 Credits)

This covers the central nervous system, Grey and White matter. You will be considering key concepts

Bio-Psychology: Behaviour and the Brain (3 Credits)

This involves the localisation and function of the brain. The different methods of investigating the

Mental Health (6 Credits)

In the areas of mental ill health, names are often given to a specific category to identify a group

Stress and Eating Disorders (3 Credits)

In this unit, the focus is on the negative effects of chronic (long-lasting) stress. These may be

Aggression (3 Credits)

This topic will look at a number of explanations for aggressive behaviour. These are biological

Child Development: Cognitive Development (3 Credits)

In this unit you will learn about the nature v nurture debate and how it relates to the development

Access to Biomedical Science
Work Experience 6 Credits (Ungraded)

This is a useful unit to complete if you are in employment or work in the voluntary sector. You will

Human Circulation and Gaseous Exchange 3 Credits

 (cannot combine with Body Structure and Function)

This unit covers the structure and function of

Microbiology (6 Credits)

In this unit you will learn about the structure of micro-organisms as well as the functions of sub

Cell differentiation and Tissues
Cell Differentiation and Tissues (3 Credits)

(cannot combine with Body Structure and Function)

This unit considers cell differentiation and

Human Urinary System (3 Credits)

This unit looks at homeostasis and the kidney as a homeostatic organ. You will be researching the

Body Structure and Function (6 Credits)

(cannot combine with: Cell Differentiation and Tissues; DNA and Protein Synthesis; Human circulation

Nervous System (3 Credits)

This introduces the basic structure and function of the nervous system including the peripheral

Musculoskeletal System (3 Credits)

The skeletal system is the primary focus of attention in this unit where you will be given the

Human Sex and Reproduction (3 Credits)

This unit covers the structure and function of the male and female reproductive system. There is a

Genetic Inheritance (3 Credits)

This addresses the understanding of genetic inheritance including simple Mendelian crosses where you

Biochemical Molecules (3 Credits)

In this unit you will learn about the structure and properties of carbohydrates, lipids (fats)

Nutrition and Digestion (3 Credits)

Here you will be given the opportunity to explore the components and function of a balanced diet

Endocrine System (3 Credits)

The main theme in this unit is to develop an understanding of the hormone system and the endocrine

DNA and Protein Synthesis (3 Credits)

(Cannot be taken in conjunction with Body Structure and Function)

This unit involves the

Non-Infectious Disease (3 Credits)

The topical area for this unit considers the nature of a range of non-infectious diseases including

Defence Against Disease (3 Credits)

This topical area covers the body’s non-specific defences against diseases and includes physical and

Chemistry and Society (3 credits)

This unit looks at how chemistry has developed over time and how societies have become reliant on

Chemistry for Biologists (6 credits)

No matter which precise field of the Health Professions you intend to enter, you will need to have

Chemistry for Drugs and medicine (6 credits)

Doctors, whether in primary care or as specialists prescribe drugs and medicines every day.  Other

Medical Physics Radiology and Medical Imaging 3 Credits

This is a highly relevant topic area that outlines the benefits of radiation as both a diagnostic

Radioactivity in Medicine (3 Credits)

The use of radioactivity in medicine has increased dramatically thus highlighting its relevance in