What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The Access course has been designed for those adults who feel they missed out on higher education when they were younger. The programme aims to provide a firm foundation for study at degree level. Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course.
Tutorial sessions support learners and offer guidance with the UCAS process and study skills.
The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 15-20 hours of additional study at home each week. Students will develop practical laboratory skills, scientific writing skills, note taking, reference writing and exam practice, as well as confidence in independent study and good time management. Additional support is available for students for particular difficulties/needs.
There is also:
- a Learning Support team
- Learning Centres
- Well being team (Counsellors)
- a Learner Support Fund (apply through college)
*2017/2018 fees for Access to Higher Education courses are dependent on your age, circumstances and chosen course. Click here to view more information about fees This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, which may be written off if you continue your studies in to higher education at college or university. For more information click here.
You may be entitled to support towards the fee, please phone Jill Clark on 01392 400526 or email email@example.com for advice.
The programme consists of compulsory core units and subject options:
These are some of the units available:
Unicellular Life - Unicellular life is an introduction to cell organelles and their importance in the functioning of the cell and cell membrane. There is a practical element enabling students to practice aseptic techniques in the growth of bacterial cultures
Heart and Circulation - A practical unit where you get a chance to dissect a pig’s heart and fully understand how it works
Enzymes & Nucleic Acids - Enzymes and nucleic acids contains a large practical element where enzyme activity is investigated, along with the structure of DNA and its replication, and application to protein synthesis
Core Chemistry 1 - Core chemistry covers the basics of atomic structure, bonding and the periodic table, linking previous knowledge at GCSE to level 3 study. It is a good introduction to later content of the course
Biochemistry: Biological Molecules - Biological molecules introduces the chemistry of life, looking at the structure and function of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins in context of the human body
Physical Chemistry - Physical chemistry covers energetic, kinetics and equilibrium, including a consideration of Hess’s law and the Maxwell Boltzmann distribution. Students carry out practical work and calculations for a variety of enthalpy changes
Biology/Chemistry Practical Scientific Project - Design and Implementation/Analysis and Presentation: The academic project is a 5000 word report based on a practical investigation and piece of research. Students choose a topic based on either chemistry or biology, related to an area of study covered in the Access course.
For a full list of units, please click here.