|Qualification name||Access to HE Diploma (Science)|
|Awarding organisation||Open College Network West Midlands Region|
|Course type||Classroom based|
|Course start date||12th September 2023|
|Cost description||Do not be put off by the cost of the course, as an Advanced Learning Loan is open to anyone aged over 19 studying a Level 3 or above qualification, is not means tested or subject to credit checks and you only start to pay it back when you are earning|
You are required to have a GCSE in either maths or English language at a minimum grade 4/c or above, or level 2 functional skills. In addition many universities will also insist on a GCSE Science at grade 4 or above, therefore we highly recommend applicants also hold this prior to the start of the course. However during the interview process, you will receive an in-depth one to one interview where you will discuss any other qualifications and or industry experience, along with expert advice and
The Access to Science Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which is designed to give students a direct progression route into the following science or science related degrees, forensic science, chemistry, biology, environmental science, pharmacy, ophthalmology, chiropractor, biomedical science, natural sciences, sports and exercise sciences, physical sciences. During this one year course you will study Biology, chemistry, physics, maths and skills for learning through a range of assessment methods (see below). Initially all successful applicants will be invited to a two part taster session to learn more about which careers an Access to HE course can lead to. Following this you will attend one return to learn day where you will get an introduction to the teaching staff, content of the course, be taught some introductory sessions from the modules you will study, initial assessments, along with advise on how to start to formulate your personal statements.
You will be assessed through a range of assessment methods such as essays, academic posters, presentations, group work, in class tests and other types of coursework. Your teachers will guide and support you through each assessment so that you can develop, improve and progress throughout the course.
The course may enable progression onto degrees in biology, biological sciences, microbiology, applied medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition and dietetics, biomedicine, radiography, physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, biochemical engineering, chemical engineering and related degrees in science, technology, maths and engineering.