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Access to Higher Education- Science and Engineering

Level 3
Course Code:
Mid Devon Campus
One year, full-time.

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


You can 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.
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 classrooms are stimulating learning environments which are also excellently resourced with a fully interactive SMART board, visualizers and access to laptops and/or computers.
For further information, please contact our Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 or contact Lynda Broomhead on 01884 235354 or e-mail
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 to 23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification.
Contact our Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.

Q: How many days a week will I be 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.

Access to Higher Education- Science and Engineering
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