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Access to HE Science and Engineering

Level 3
Course Code:
Mid Devon Campus
1 Year

It is never too late to return to study or even study for a degree, even if you have no qualifications at all. Or you may already have some qualifications at GCSE, NVQ or BTEC but not enough to get into university. Many adults decide to return to education to change careers, develop a career after taking a break to have a family or to increase their future career opportunities.

"I think the Access course is suited to people who are ready to try something new and not scared to take risks. Embarking on something out of your comfort zone can be scary, but it will pay off in the end"


Choose THREE from the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology. In each of your chosen Level 3 subjects, you will take five modules over the year and, depending on what subjects you choose, you can expect to study: biology: Biological Chemistry, Unicellular Life, Physiological Processes, Human Disease & Immunity, Inheritance. Chemistry: Structure & Bonding, Practical Inorganic Chemistry, Formulae, Equations & the Mole, Practical Organic Chemistry, Chemical Reactions.
Psychology: Key Perspectives in Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Atypical Psychology.

Sociology: Key Perspectives in Sociology, Stratification & Differentiation, Media, Inequalities & Achievement in Education, Research Methods in Sociology.
All our Diplomas also include: Study Skills, where you will gain valuable skills for university study such as academic writing, Harvard referencing, and how to effectively locate and use a range of sources.

Tutorial sessions.

In Tutorials we will provide guidance and support for your UCAS application for university, as well as supporting you throughout your year of study.
Most universities require GCSE grades at C or above in English and Maths as part of the entry requirements for degree courses. GCSE
English and Maths are separate qualifications from the Access Diploma so, if required, we offer additional lessons for these subjects. If you don¿t already have a C grade or above in Maths or English at GCSE, these are currently free for students over 19. Please contact our Guidance Centre for further details. Please note that due to the amount of work involved, we strongly recommend that you only take one GCSE at the same time as the Access Diploma.
The Access Diploma is predominantly based upon continuous assessment (coursework). There will be a variety of teaching methods used throughout the course, including individual practical work, small group exercises, online research, group presentations, whole-class teaching and peer assessment. You will be supported and encouraged to develop and practice the skills that will enable you to become an independent learner and fully prepare you for Higher Education. Students compile a portfolio of assessed work throughout the course, which is externally moderated at the end of the course. In some subjects, such as Chemistry, Biology and Psychology, there will be in-class timed tests, practical experiments and presentations. Examination practise is a mandatory requirement of all Access courses. Students taking GCSE English or Maths will also have external examinations in May/June.
All class rooms are stimulating learning environments which are also excellently resourced with a fully interactive SMART board, visualizers and access to laptops and/or computers.
Hurly Burly Day Nursery is located on site offering quality education for children aged 4 month to 5 years. For more details 01884 251972 /
The campus is easy to locate being just 10 minutes from Tiverton Parkway station, Junction 27 of the M5 and we are at the end of the North Devon link road.
Car parking on site.
Q. How do I apply?
A. There is an online application system, visit or contact our Guidance centre 01884 235245.
Everyone who applies will be invited to interview

Q. Do universities recognise the Access to HE Diploma?
A. The Access to HE Diploma is a national qualification and is recognised and accepted by UK universities. Many universities have policies to encourage applications from Access to HE students, who are valued for their maturity and willingness to contribute to discussions.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. You are entitled to full fee remission if the following applies to you:
· Not in education, employment or training and in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (WRAG).
· Unemployed and in receipt of a state benefit.
· Aged 19 - 23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged 19-23 and have already completed a Level 3 qualification - find out more about the 19-23 loans our Guidance Centre will be able to help you with this & any questions you may have contact them on 01884 235245

Aged 23+ - find out more about the 24+ advanced learning loan - our Guidance Centre will be able to help you with this & any questions you may have

Applicants who take the 24+ advanced learning loan do not need to pay anything upfront. If you complete your Access Diploma and then go on to complete a course in Higher Education, the remaining balance of your 24+ Advanced Learning Loan, including any interest on it, will be written off. You can get full information from Student Finance England. Alternatively, you can contact our Guidance Centre for advice and information on fees.

Q. How many days a week am I in college?
A. Three days a week - 15 hours a week of lectures. However the demands of the course require you plan to study a further 15 hours a week outside of the classroom.

Q.What are the start and finish times of the college day?
A. 9.00am - 4.30pm

Access to HE Science and Engineering
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