- Course Code: RV133
- Duration: 1 academic year
- Validated by: Ascentis
- Study mode: Full Time
The Access to Science Diploma is excellent preparation for people who wish to study science-based courses such as Biomedical Sciences (Physiology/Pharmacology), Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Medical Science, Forensic Science and a range of other disciplines at University level. This course is especially designed for mature students who do not currently have the necessary academic qualifications to apply for University level study.
- What will I study?
You will study on this programme for 12 hours per week, completing three units at Level 3 (the equivalent of A-levels). In addition you will attend a tutorial session where your study skills will be developed and you will receive excellent preparation for University level study with our Study Skills modules.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a modular course which involves you studying a combination of units. All units are compulsory and must be completed by all students who wish to achieve this award.
You will study the following modules:
- Biology Level 3
- Chemistry Level 3
- Psychology Level 3
All students on the Diploma will then complete the following mandatory units in a weekly tutorial:
- Study Skills Level 3
- Further Study Skill Level 3
- Entry Requirements
As this is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you should have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and Maths. Plus a minimum of grade B/5 in GCSE Science. You should also have evidence of study within the last five years.
Applicants who do not have recent experience of study but have relevant work or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview, you should still apply in this case. The interview will consider prior formal qualifications, and evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable sources.
- How will I be assessed?
You’ll be assessed by examinations and essays throughout the course.
- Successfully gaining a place on a degree course in one of these academic disciplines involves:
- Having excellent attendance on your Access Diploma
- Completing all work to a very high standard (Degrees will usually expect Distinctions in all your work)
- Having some relevant work experience to ensure you have detailed knowledge of the day-to-day role involved in the career you wish to progress onto.
- What can I do next?
Upon completion of this course, many students progress to undergraduate courses in science-based disciplines such as Biomedical Sciences (Physiology/Pharmacology), Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Medical Science, Forensic Science and a range of other Higher Education opportunities.
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