Access to HE Diploma – Science

Overview

WHAT DOES THE SUBJECT INCLUDE?

Modules at Level 3 will be selected from  Biological Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Sciences, Physics along with Maths, English, Study Skills, IT.

WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I GAIN IF I SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE COURSE?

 

You will achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands.

 

OTHER RELEVANT DETAILS?

 

The programme allows you to accumulate credits as you study. One credit is equivalent to 10 hours of study. We expect that between one half and two thirds of your studying will be done in class. This means that there is a significant amount of private study as part of the course.

You will be assessed via continuous assessment; therefore there are no end-of-year examinations. There may be controlled assessments in class throughout the year.

 

HOW MANY HOURS, WEEKS, YEARS DOES IT LAST?

 

The programme is delivered over three days per week for one year (approximately 32 weeks). There is approximately 15 hours of teaching per week. It is also expected that you will study independently for an additional 10 hours a week.

The hours are relatively ‘family friendly’ from 9am to 3.20pm

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

 

You will need to bring writing materials and the enthusiasm to change your life

 

HOW CAN I PREPARE MYSELF BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS?

 

It is helpful to find out as much as possible about the career or higher education course that interests you before starting the Access programme.  Most universities will also expect you to have GCSE English, Maths and Science at GCSE Grade C or above.  This can be discussed at interview.

 

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

 

The Access programme allows for progression onto a number of higher diploma & degree courses.  In addition we have progression arrangements with our local universities which ensure interviews and an easier entrance route into many competitive places.  Access to HE can be the first step towards a career in Physiotherapy, Radiography, Dietetics and science related degrees.

 

ARE THERE ANY EXTRA COSTS?

 

You will need to be prepared to bring your own writing materials and stationery and to make contributions to any trips planned.

HOW DO I APPLY/JOIN THIS COURSE?

 

You first need to complete an application form. You can find a form in the back of the Prospectus or alternatively you can complete the form on-line by visiting the College’s website www.nsc.ac.uk.

 

Once we have your form we will invite you to come into College for an interview and to meet with a member of our teaching Team so you can ask any other questions you have. Usually at this meeting we will either offer you a place on the course you have applied for or, in some cases offer an alternative course.

 

* Modules may vary depending on students’ requirements and staff availability.

What does this subject include?

This course consists of a selection of the following units:

What is the structure of the course?

The programme is delivered over three days a week for one year.

The Access programme is a credit based programme. Each subject is divided into a number of units which you will study one at a time. You will gain at least three credits every time you successfully complete a unit.  In order to achieve an Access to HE Diploma you will need to achieve 60 credits (45 graded credits at Level 3 and 15 ungraded credits at Level 2/3).

What are the entry requirements?

  • GCSE Maths and/or GCSE English at Grade C or above. Be aware that many science degrees may also expect GCSE Science at C or above. Relevant work experience in a healthcare setting is also desirable for vocational degrees such as Physiotherapy, Radiography, Paramedicine and Dietetics.

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