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In order to be able to achieve the full qualification, you will need to gain 60 credits (a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2).

What can the course lead to? You can progress onto degrees in midwifery or other health related subjects. Please note, you will not be able to progress to university unless you have achieved Level 2 English and maths qualifications.

What will I study? Access is an intensive course, you must be completely committed to hard work and you are required to maintain 100% attendance. You are expected to self-study for a minimum of 10 extra hours a week in order to manage strict work deadlines and to cope with the work load. The Access to HE Diploma in Science is composed of the following subject areas: n Biology

Access to Higher Education Diploma


n Chemistry n Physics n Maths n Study skills n Tutorial Content is broken down into units and assessed continuously. Tutorials, support the student progress and in particular support them during their application into Higher Education.

How will I be assessed? A wide range of assessment methods will be used to assess the knowledge and understanding. The assessment methods may include one or a combination of the following:

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n Short tests

Duration: 1 year

n Terminal exams

Campus: Wood Street

n Practical write-ups n Essays - short-structured questions n Exam units at the end of the course

Who is the course for? If you want to progress to higher education or professional and vocational training to study a science-based course but are without A Levels, then this is the ideal course for you. Our highly successful Access to Science course runs over one year and is ideal for students wishing to progress to university. Students can study a Science or Radiography pathway. The aim of this qualification is to develop students’ necessary knowledge and skills in order to be able to progress onto university. Therefore, in addition to the entry requirements highlighted below, all successful candidates who want to undertake the radiography pathway will need to gain a work shadowing placement. The college will provide an introductory letter to facilitate this process.

What qualifications or experience do I need? Successful candidates will need to have a grade C (4/5) or above in GCSE English and maths. They will also have to pass a numeracy and literacy assessment which is set at GCSE (Level 2) standard.

In order to be able to achieve the full qualification the learner will need to gain 60 credits (a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2).

What can the course lead to? On successful completion of this course, students are able to progress on to higher education and advance in a wide range of courses, including those in science, health care and complementary medicine. This course helps develop skills and attitudes to cope with study in the Higher Education environment.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

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We welcome students who are: n 19 years of age and over n Good communicators and have numerical skills n Interested in science and have a desire for a science based career As this is a very demanding course, it is essential that applicants are highly motivated to go on to further studies and possess excellent study skills.

Key Facts Duration: 1 year Campus: Wood Street


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