What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The Access course has been designed for those adults who feel they missed out on higher education when they were younger. The programme aims to provide a firm foundation for study at degree level. Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course.
Tutorial sessions support learners and offer guidance about the UCAS process and study skills.
The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 15-20 hours of additional study at home each week. Additional support is available for students with particular difficulties/needs.
The diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. There are weekly homework assignments with strict deadlines. Students will develop practical laboratory skills, scientific writing skills, note taking, reference writing and exam practice, as well as confidence in independent study and good time management.
Additional support is available for students with particular difficulties/needs.
There is also:
- a Learning Support team
- Learning Centres
- Well being team (Counsellors)
- a Learner Support Fund (apply through college)
What topics will I study?
- Chemistry and Biology studied at Level 3 (A Level)
- IT and Study Skills at Level 2/3
What are the entry requirements?
Although rewarding, the course is very demanding and applicants must have recent GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above, a GCSE in science at grade C or above is also required. We do have the capacity to offer one GCSE alongside the Access to Higher Education Diploma, but students doing this will find that the workload is considerably high at certain times of the year. We would encourage applicants to contact the Higher Education providers that they intend to which they intend to apply to ensure that the age of their GCSEs are acceptable (written confirmation is advisable).
What we look for in a successful applicant:
- Motivation to progress onto higher education
- Evidence of recent study (not compulsory)
- A letter of application that demonstrates your commitment to study, considers the reality of study, shows some idea about what subject they intend to study at university and mentions which higher education institutions you intend to apply.
- Evidence of current Level 2 (GCSE A to C) qualifications in maths and Level 2 qualifications in English (GCSE A to C). You may be asked to take an assessment at interview
- IELTS score of 5.5 or above for students where English is a second language
- a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Powerpoint
If you have been out of education for some time, we would recommend a course in Maths/English. Research the entry requirements for the universities you wish to apply to. You could do voluntary / paid work where relevant, e.g. psychology, teaching.
What facilities are there?
You will have access to laboratories and a learning centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building and Victoria House.
What can the course lead on to?
- Typical progression courses are: Biology and Bio Sciences, Dietetics, Environmental conservation, Forensic Science, Radiography and Computing.
- This course does not cater for progression into Maths based higher education courses such as Engineering, Architecture and Physics.
- Please be aware that a clear DBS check (previously known as CRB) and occupational health test may be required before entry onto some vocational degree courses.
Are there any additional costs?
As well as the course fees, applicants need to factor in food, travel, books and stationery and printing costs. Applications for our college Learner Support Fund or the Bursary Fund are advisable for applicants who know that they may struggle financially. There will also be UCAS fees and a college materials fee of £30.