The Science Access course is designed for people interested in studying Science courses at university. It is a rounded Science education split evenly three ways: 1/3 Physics, 1/3 Chemistry and 1/3 Biology. The course is also suitable for those wishing to study vocational courses at university such as Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy or Optometry degrees.
There are 15 graded units on the course which will be awarded at pass, merit and distinction. The universities will then ask for certain grades to be required for entrance to their course. It is highly recommended that you check with the universities regarding the grades you will require as they differ greatly depending on which course is to be studied. Usually you will need all merits or merits with a number of distinctions to enter university, but with some courses such as Radiography it is not uncommon to need all Distinctions.
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:
Structure & Bonding
Current electricity and the transient response
More than just a Course
An Access course is designed to provide not just the knowledge, but also the skills to succeed at university. The assessments will include exams, assignments, practical work and other methods that will provide the fundamental, underpinning skills required at university. It is essential that you have a strong interest in Science and are willing to extend your study of the subject outside of lesson-time.
The course is over four sessions. The lesson times are usually 2.5 hours long and start at 0930 and finish by 1530. There is no night class. You will have around 10 hours a week in class and expect to work at least an equivalent number outside. The course is normally over two days a week.
In addition to the taught sessions you will be given guidance on progression and will receive support applying for university.
You are required to have a Science GCSEs at grade B, or two at grade C. In addition to this you need GCSE’s at C or above in English and Maths
On successful completion of this qualification it is expected that you will progress onto university in either a Science-based or vocational subject.