The Access to HE Diploma is a standard, nationwide qualification at Level 3, which is designed to enable learners from non-traditional educational backgrounds to go to University. The Diploma is made up of a number of units which result in a total of 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
The programme provides teaching in biology, chemistry and physics. Typical units include:
Diet & DigestionOrganisation of the Body
Gas Exchange & TransportPathogens & Disease
Coordination & ControlThe Human Life Cycle
Biological MoleculesHeredity, Genetics and Protein Synthesis
Structure & BondingAcid-Base Equilibria
Introduction to Inorganic ChemistryRadiation and its Effects
The Human MachineHeat & Thermodynamics
Organic ChemistryFormula and Reacting amounts
Additionally there is a unit named Research Skills.
Some elements of the chemistry and physical science are moderately mathematical, and you would be well advised to brush up on basic maths concepts. You will also require the use of a scientific calculator, and it is recommended that you get one for your personal use and not rely on sharing with colleagues, etc.
Some sessions require practical facilities – these sessions will be held in the labs at Hyde Clarendon, and you will be given appropriate advance notice of when this will occur.
Learners are required to have GCSEs at grade C or above in both English and Maths. Learners should note however that many universities have other requirements and often expect some work experience – you are advised to contact a preferred university choice to determine their admissions policy. Learners will also be required to undertake an interview.
Please note that successful award of the Access to HE Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK HE programmes.
This programme is designed to provide students with a broad base of scientific knowledge that will be suitable for progression into areas such as radiography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and similar medical disciplines, as well as areas such as chemistry, forensic science and zoology.