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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science - Level 3



 
Available for applications


More information about this Course


Useful Information
  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:

    3

  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Awarding/validation body:

    OCN London



Course Overview

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students, without traditional Level 3 qualifications, to apply for degree courses and enter university. The Science Diploma is suitable for those who have been out of full-time education for some time and aiming to join university or higher education courses. This qualification requires a maturity of approach and a high level of commitment. In addition, applicants need a successful interview and screening and must have sufficient time to devote to their studies.

This is a qualification designed for:

Adults with a current or previous role or interest in Science

Adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field

Interest in entering a business and/or law related profession

Access to Science is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance (100%) throughout the course. Due to the volume of scientific ideas and principles covered, as well as their applications, students should be prepared to allow a minimum of 6 hours per subject of individual study outside of lessons.

 



Course Highlights

We offer fantastic extra-curricular activities:

Macmillan fund raising 

Walking for health at Macmillan Resource Centre at Croydon University Hospital

Many more volunteering opportunities to support your Personal Statement.

There is also excellent progression to universities. The course will help you to develop the essential academic skills of critical thinking, evaluation and analysis. All of which will prepare you for independent study at university.



Career Opportunities & Further Study

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Science. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study:

Biology

Chemistry

Pharmacy

Radiography

Biomedical Sciences

Ecology

Nutrition



Assessment

The core subjects for Access to Higher Science Diploma are:

Human biology

Maths (Algebra)

Chemistry

Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods:

Formal reports

Presentations

Written assessments

In-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions

Exams

Case studies

Reflective statements.

The Diploma is made up of units that amount to 60 L3 credits. The 60 credits include 21 credits in Biology, 21 chemistry, 3 credits in Maths and 15 credits in Study skills.



Entry Requirements

Proficiency in written and spoken English needs to be demonstrated:

GCSEs – grades A* – C / 9 – 4 

Functional Skills Level 2 

Recognised non-UK GCSE equivalencies in English and Maths preferred

However, each application will be considered on an individual basis. Selection is by:

Interview

Initial screening 

Literacy and Numeracy tests


We will invite you to a Meet the Tutor event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs or Functional Skills (Level 2) as part of their entry criteria please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.

Financial eligibility:

You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria. Check if you’re eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan by contacting Student Finance England.

Repaying your loan:

Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.



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