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Access to Higher Education- Diploma in Science

Level:
Level 3
Course Code:
FTT130
Location:
Mid Devon Campus
Duration:
One year


The sole aim of the Access course is to open doors to study for applicants who do not have the specific A-level qualification needed to enter a degree programme. This course paves the way to a foundation degree or full Honours Degree at Petroc, awarded by Plymouth University, or to a degree programme at any UK university.

I didn't think I would be ready academically for a Level 3 course, but to achieve the course with the grades achieved makes me realise that I do have the potential to become a children's nurse. - Access to HE learner.

FAQs  

The academic subject choices for this course are:

- Biology (mandatory) - Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Physiology, Human Disease, Inheritance.

Plus two academic subjects chosen from:
- Chemistry - Bonding & Reactions, Energetics, Kinetics & Redox, Organic Chemistry
- Psychology - Criminology (theories of crime), Early Social Development, the Learning Perspective, Atypical Psychology
- Maths - Mathematics, Calculus, Statistics and Trigonometry


All our Diplomas also include:
- Study Skills where you will gain valuable skills for university study such as academic writing, Harvard referencing, and effectively locating and using a range of sources.
- Tutorial sessions where we will provide guidance and support for your UCAS application for university, as well as supporting you throughout your year of study.

Most universities demand GCSE grades at 5/4 or above in English and Maths, or equivalent, 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 grade 5/4 or above in Maths or English at GCSE, these are currently free for students over 19.

All Access diplomas nationally consist of 60 Credits. 45 Credits have to be gained from three academic subject choices (15 credits achieved in each subject) and a further 15 from Academic Preparation Skills.
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, on-line 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 year, 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 practice is a mandatory requirement of all Access courses. Our Diploma includes two Study Skills exams to meet this requirement.

Students taking GCSE English or Maths will also have external examinations in May/June.

All academic subject content modules are graded at Pass, Merit, or Distinction at Level 3.
For learners aged 19 and above. Most universities require 5 GCSE grades at C/4 or above or equivalent, including English and Maths (and Science if studying Nursing, Midwifery or Medical Science related degrees) 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/4 grade or above in Maths or English at GCSE, these are currently free for students over 19 and run both in the daytime or as an evening course. We also offer GCSE Science (Double award) in the daytime (two afternoons a week) Please contact our Advice & 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. After you have been accepted for this course, you will be sent a reading list before the start of the Access course. In the meantime, you may find it very useful to look at GCSE and AS level Human Biology text books: suggested websites for Biology: www.cellsalive.com, www.s-cool.co.uk, www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize. If you are taking Chemistry, you should also visit http://www.chemguideforcie.co.uk/ and BBC Bitesize GCSE http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zs6hvcw to refresh your Chemistry knowledge. It will also be useful to research courses and universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application, which takes place in the first term.
Forget your school experience - you will be learning in a friendly, vibrant college environment. Whether you are new to health care, want to boost your job prospects or move up the career ladder, this Diploma will give you the skills and knowledge you need.

The health sector is a hugely rewarding and exciting area to work in - it is a diverse area and holds multiple career pathways for your future. Students develop skills and knowledge to prepare for a wide range of occupations in health care.

You will explore and learn about a range of topical issues relating to health and medical science. We offer a wide range of modules, delivered by experienced staff with detailed curriculum knowledge.

Please note: Many universities will expect you to have some appropriate paid or voluntary work in an area of health care (relevant to your preferred degree course) as part of their entry requirements.

Students have progressed to a variety of degree courses in subjects such as Archaeology and Forensic Science, Business Management, Nursing, Paramedic Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Criminology, History, English, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Law, English and Film Studies, International Relations, Medical Imaging and Biological Sciences.
There is an excellent Moodle (VLE) for the Diploma courses where you will have access to resources and additional reading, as well as extensive Learning Resources support.
- Individual computers can be booked for use in study periods.
- Our classrooms have undergone modernisation in recent years and are well-equipped with up-to-date technologies.
- There are dedicated and well equipped specialist laboratories.
- The tutors are well qualified, experienced, enthusiastic and understand the needs of Access learners and provide appropriate support and guidance.
There is also support on applying to university from specialists in our Guidance Centre.
We have a designated common room for mature students only (19+).
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.
Q: Do universities recognise the Access to Higher Education Diploma?
A: The Access to Higher Education 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:
Aged 19 - 23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification.
Aged 19+ - find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan - our Advice & Guidance Centre will be able to help you with this and any questions you may have.

Applicants who take the Advanced Learner 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 Advanced Learner 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: Can I get any help with childcare, or other costs?
A: Some additional help is available, dependent upon individual circumstances - please contact our Guidance Centre for advice and information.

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