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Science Access to Higher Education Diploma

Course Overview

This very popular course is for you if you are over 19 and interested in returning to education with the aim of training for a science-based career but lack confidence because you may not have appropriate qualifications. The Access to HE course is designed to meet your needs by helping you to gain new academic skills and qualifications appropriate for entry to degree level study. You can use the qualification to gain a place at university or to enhance your career prospects (e.g., higher apprenticeships).

You choose a diploma and academic subjects suitable for your career aspiration. All our Access Diplomas are made up of three Level 3 subjects with 45 credits of graded Academic Subject Content (ASC) and 15 credits of ungraded Academic Preparation Skills units (APS) which offer generic study skills to prepare you for higher level study.

On the Science Access to HE Diploma, you will study Biology, Psychology and Chemistry. You will also study core compulsory components such as Study Skills, English, maths and ICT.

  • You will receive excellent teaching from outstanding staff, combined with extensive tutorial support
  • A variety of exciting resources for you to use
  • A blended learning approach which combines on-site lessons with remote lectures to maximise learning potential and flexibility
  • Dedicated workshops to advise on the application process for university, your course choice and how to write a personal statement for UCAS
  • Guest speakers and enrichment opportunities
  • The achievement rates are outstanding; success can improve your life in so many ways
  • A variety of teaching styles will be used: discussions in small groups and as a class; seminar style work; note making and assignment writing
  • You will be supported to achieve more than you thought you could
  • Feedback from current students tells us the atmosphere in the classroom is friendly and helpful, the relationships between students and staff are excellent with the right blend of formality and informality

Placements/Work Placements

Students are advised to organise their own work experience after consultation with universities.

Course Overview

Course Overview

This very popular course is for you if you are over 19 and interested in returning to education with the aim of training for a science-based career but lack confidence because you may not have appropriate qualifications. The Access to HE course is designed to meet your needs by helping you to gain new academic skills and qualifications appropriate for entry to degree level study. You can use the qualification to gain a place at university or to enhance your career prospects (e.g., higher apprenticeships).

You choose a diploma and academic subjects suitable for your career aspiration. All our Access Diplomas are made up of three Level 3 subjects with 45 credits of graded Academic Subject Content (ASC) and 15 credits of ungraded Academic Preparation Skills units (APS) which offer generic study skills to prepare you for higher level study.

On the Science Access to HE Diploma, you will study Biology, Psychology and Chemistry. You will also study core compulsory components such as Study Skills, English, maths and ICT.

  • You will receive excellent teaching from outstanding staff, combined with extensive tutorial support
  • A variety of exciting resources for you to use
  • A blended learning approach which combines on-site lessons with remote lectures to maximise learning potential and flexibility
  • Dedicated workshops to advise on the application process for university, your course choice and how to write a personal statement for UCAS
  • Guest speakers and enrichment opportunities
  • The achievement rates are outstanding; success can improve your life in so many ways
  • A variety of teaching styles will be used: discussions in small groups and as a class; seminar style work; note making and assignment writing
  • You will be supported to achieve more than you thought you could
  • Feedback from current students tells us the atmosphere in the classroom is friendly and helpful, the relationships between students and staff are excellent with the right blend of formality and informality

Placements/Work Placements

Students are advised to organise their own work experience after consultation with universities.

Assessment

Assessment Methods

You will produce a portfolio of work over the year including essays, reports, presentations and a research unit. You gain credits for the assignments you do. You accumulate credits towards the diploma. There is a minimum of one compulsory exam unit.

Entry Requirements and Progression

Progression

You will receive help and advice with the selection of university and college courses available to you, and with your UCAS application, personal statement, and interview preparation. Students applying for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science will also receive specialist support to help them prepare for their application, through the College's Pathway to Medicine programme. 

You will get lots of help in making decisions about your progression routes.

There are a variety of Higher Education institutions around the South West and nationally offering science or specialist subject Degrees. Alternatively you may want to consider one of the range of specialist degree programmes at University Centre Somerset.

Previous students have gone on to degree courses including: Bio-Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Psychology or individual science subject specialisms

Please note: most university courses require GCSE Maths and/or English. There is opportunity to study both alongside your Access programme if you need to. You may also need to obtain relevant work experience for university entry for certain degrees.

Entry Requirements

  • There are no specific academic requirements for entry onto the course, but candidates will undergo an inital interview and subsequent assessment day to ensure you are on the right course for your skill level, and ensure you have a sound grasp of basic skills in English and maths
  • This course is for students aged 19 and over

Policies and Regulations

Graduation ceremony for 2019/20 graduands

21st October 2021