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Access To Higher Ed: Health & Health Sciences

What entry requirements do I need?

You will need a minimum of: GCSE English at grade C and satisfactory attendance and performance at the Taster Day. GCSE Maths at grade C required for applicants wishing to progress to teacher training.

What will I learn?

Access to Higher Education courses are one year intensive courses for adult students aged 19+ who are intending to study for a degree at university but who do not have the required

Progamming, system security, website development, systems analysis and design, advanced databases, client and server operating systems.

In the first semester the course provides you with units to develop your study, IT, data presentation and analysis skills, alongside introductory biology units.

Your scientific knowledge is then further developed in semesters two and three, providing you with a broad range of science based topics with a focus on health. Units include Cell Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Reproduction, Health and Disease, Medical Chemistry and Human Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems.

As with all Access courses, we want to develop your confidence and ability to study independently. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including lab work, written reports, oral presentations, tests, essays and model making. In the last semester you will also complete an extended Independent Project on a subject of your own choice.

What could I progress on to?

Students who have successfully completed this Diploma have progressed onto university courses at a range of institutions including Brighton, Canterbury, Portsmouth, Greenwich, Kings and Leicester.

Previous learners on this course have gone on to university studies in

  • Biology
  • Public Health
  • Biomedical Science
  • Applied Social Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Animal Radiography
  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing and Midwifery

Additional Course Details for 18/19

  • Course code 1108
    Course name Access To Higher Ed: Health & Health Sciences
    Campus Ore Valley
    Study mode Full-Time
    Start date 10/09/18
    Duration 36 week (s)

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Sometimes it can be difficult to decide the right level at which to study. The guide below will help you work which level is best for you.

Entry Level

These courses are for students who want to start progressing up the qualifications levels or have no previous qualifications.

Vocational Level 1

You must have a mixture of grades E to G at GCSE to study at this level.

Vocational Level 2

You must have two grade D's and two grade E's at GCSE or a relevant level 1 qualification to study at this level.

Vocational Level 3

These courses are equivalent to A levels, you must have at least four GCSE's at grade C or above or a relevant level 2 qualification.

A Levels

A levels are level 3 courses, you must have or expect 5 A-C grades at GCSE level including Maths and English.
Foundation Degree and Degree Our university courses typically require a relevant level 3 qualification or 120 UCAS points.