Access to Higher Education – Diploma in 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
There are no formal entry requirements, but it is beneficial for students to have Level 2 Functional Skills or above in English. In the absence of any formal entry qualifications, students will have to demonstrate Level 2 English ability via an initial assessment at interview. Students without qualifications in Maths and English may find it beneficial to complete the Return to Study course first. This enables students to develop confidence in their ability to study at a higher level before starting the Access programme. 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.
How is it taught
The Access course is taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, research, laboratory based experiments, group discussions, workshops and seminar based activities. Students will use the latest IT facilities to promote independent research and study skills. In addition to the main subjects, all students attend a weekly tutorial session and will have a number of one-to-one tutorials to discuss progress on the course.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These will include; written assignments, open book tests, laboratory based experiments, 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 and teaching laboratories 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?
Typically students on the Access Science Diploma progress to university to do a range of Science degree programmes including Forensic Science, Physiotherapy, Biology, Psychology, Radiography, Operating Department Practice (ODP), Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Biomedical Science, Paramedic Science, Biochemistry and Microbiology.