Access to HE Diploma (Science)

What is this course about?

The Access to Higher Education course provides you with an ideal way of developing the skills necessary to progress to university, whilst studying subjects that are relevant to your chosen degree programme.
The course covers the 3 key sciences of Chemistry, Biology and Physics as follows:
Chemistry: Atomic Structure, Bonding, Functional Groups, Hydrocarbons, Physical Chemistry and Hydrocarbons
Biology: Cell Biology, Genetics, Human Immunity, Human Nutrition and the Digestive System, Reproduction and Growth, Respiration and Circulation, Endocrine and Nervous System, Musculo-Skeletal System and Urinary System
Physics: Electricity, Mechanics, Optics and Sound, Physics, Thermal Properties and Heat Transfer

Entry Requirements

Ideally you should have a Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language or a Level 2 In Functional Skills. You will have a pre-induction interview/assessment to make sure this is the right level for you. In addition, students will need to check the entry requirements for
their chosen degree programme.
Some courses require students
to have GCSEs in Maths and/or
English or relevant work experience.
It is very important that you check
these entry requirements before you
start the course. However we will consider each application on an individual basis.

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Access to HE Diploma (Science)

Start: 07/09/2020
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How is it taught

The Access course is taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, research, laboratory based experiments, group discussions and workshops and online learning. In addition to taught sessions students will develop independent research and study skills through seminar based sessions. Typically, you should expect to be in College for approximately 14 hours per week, normally over three days. In addition, you will need to undertake approximately fifteen hours of independent study per week to include additional research and assessment work.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a varied range of assessment methods. These will include; written assignments, laboratory based experiments, open book tests, presentations, group activities and written reports. The assessments take place throughout the course so you will not have to face any final exams at the end to pass the course, and you can monitor your progress at any stage. To achieve the Access to HE qualification you will need to gain 60 credits in total, a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 which will be graded and 15 credits which will be ungraded

What else do I need to know?


Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. If you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resource Centres or one of the special study workshops in English, Mathematics and Information Technology. All our classrooms are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience.

What could I do next?


Successful completion of the Access course will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification that is an alternative to the traditional qualifications required to progress to university. Typically, successful students’ progress to a range of Health related degree programmes including Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Children’s Nursing and Midwifery, Science, Psychology
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