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Access to Higher Education

Access to HE Diplomas

Open College Network West Midlands currently offers the following Access to HE Diplomas. If you would like to offer any diploma, please contact our Access to HE team on accesstohe@opencollnet.org.uk
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Building, Civil Engineering and Construction)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Law)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business and Management)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Computer Science)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Early Years Education)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Engineering)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Events and Business Management)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Science)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Science)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land Based Studies)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) 
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Music Technology)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Public Sector Services and Policing)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science with Law)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and English Studies)
  • Access to HIgher Education Diploma (Social Science, Young People and Violence)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Work) 
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Coaching and Business Management)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science)
Staff from our Centres may download full details of our Access to HE Diplomas, including rules of combination and unit specifications from the password protected section of our website. Please click here to Login.
 
 
 
New Access to HE Diploma Developments
  • Where there is suitable demand, we are able to develop new Diplomas for our approved centres. Please discuss this with our Access Advisor in the first instance.
New Access to HE Diploma Development - Access to HE Diploma (Medicine)
 
Since 2010 Centres delivering Access to HE with Open College Network West Midlands have been able to offer progression opportunities to medical schools through the Access to HE Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions).  Strong relationships between Centres and HEIs have been formed and learners have progressed into medical schools in universities here in the UK - Keele, Leicester, Warwick and Bristol to name a few - but also internationally in Cyprus and the Ukraine.  David Cain studied his Access to Higher Education Diploma (Medicine and Health Care Professions) at Stafford College, finishing his studies in 2013.  Following the Access to HE Diploma, David progressed to University of Leicester to study Medicine MbCHb and is now a Military Foundation Year 2 Doctor.  More about his journey can be read here: https://www.opencollnet.org.uk/access-to-he/access-to-he-case-studies
 
The ethos of Access to HE is to widen participation and to offer an alternative route into Higher Education for learners with few, if any, qualifications.  Therefore when the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) announced that they would be working with medical schools across the country to develop a national subject descriptor framework for an Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) to enhance progression for Access to HE learners, we were delighted to be able to participate in working groups to assist in the development of the framework and the Professional Behaviours unit.  Following the validation of the framework by QAA, we have been working on producing our new Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) and this was approved and validated at a panel on March 25th 2020 and will be available for delivery in Centres from 1st August 2020.   HEIs can be confident that learners from any of our Centres will have covered the minimum subject content required to prepare them for medical school and developed critical professional behaviours and skills.
 
Our thanks go to Dudley College and NSCG Stafford for their contributions to the development of the Diploma structure, and to individuals who attended the panel as subject specialists or HEI representatives namely Dr Gordon Dent, Chris Perry, Laura Walker and Jay Patel. At such a time when the country and indeed the whole world is relying heavily on frontline staff within its healthcare system, Open College Network West Midlands could not be prouder in offering this new Diploma for individuals who wish to pursue a career in medicine.  As they desire to make a difference to the lives of others, we in turn desire to be able to make a difference in their lives and welcome the opportunity for this Diploma to be part of our provision.
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