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Science Access to HE
Qualification:
 
Date:
September 
Days:
TBA 
Study Mode
Full Time 
Assessment:
Practical Assessment 
Level:
Area:
Science, Dental & Pharmacy 
Course Code:
CDYSC1 
 
Entry Requirements
  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Science (or equivalent). IELTS 6.5 is an acceptable alternative to GCSE English.
  • clear, thoroughly-researched, realistic HE goal and appropriate experience are also required.
The course is an intensive, fast-track route into HE for mature students. It makes stringent requirements on learners in terms of time, commitment and academic development. There are frequent deadlines which must be met. Applicants should have had a break from education of at least 1 year, during which life skills have been acquired. Students often have responsibilities outside of education such as work or children, which have helped to develop the maturity to cope with the demands of the course. In offering places on Access courses, a number of factors will be taken into account, including: life experience, skill level and understanding of a chosen HE route. Applicants should usually have appropriate work or voluntary experience and/or other requirements for some HE courses before joining this Access course. It is an advantage to have successfully completed a course of study in the last 5 years. Knowledge of GCSE Science and Maths should be current.
The recruitment process will involve an individual or group interview and written exercises.
 
 

Science Access to HE

The Science Access course is a 1 year course which prepares mature students for Higher Education (university) courses in Science related subjects. The awarding body is Certa. The Diploma is recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.


About the Course

Students usually study three of the following subjects. These are chosen according to the intended HE course:
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics 
  • Psychology 
All students also do a Science Project and Study Skills.


Key Units

All units are at Level 3 (A-Level standard). 
60 credits (45 graded and 15 ungraded) are required to achieve the Diploma. 
12 of the ungraded credits (Project and Study Skills) are taken by all students on this course. The other 48 credits are chosen individually. Each graded unit has a credit value of 3, so each student chooses 16 units from a total of 58 units. There are between 5 and 11 units available for each subject. A typical choice is 5 or 6 units from each of 3 subjects, but it is possible to specialise and choose more units from a particular subject or to have a broader choice with units from more subjects. The unit choices are registered by October.



Entry Requirements

  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Science (or equivalent). IELTS 6.5 is an acceptable alternative to GCSE English.
  • clear, thoroughly-researched, realistic HE goal and appropriate experience are also required.
The course is an intensive, fast-track route into HE for mature students. It makes stringent requirements on learners in terms of time, commitment and academic development. There are frequent deadlines which must be met. Applicants should have had a break from education of at least 1 year, during which life skills have been acquired. Students often have responsibilities outside of education such as work or children, which have helped to develop the maturity to cope with the demands of the course. In offering places on Access courses, a number of factors will be taken into account, including: life experience, skill level and understanding of a chosen HE route. Applicants should usually have appropriate work or voluntary experience and/or other requirements for some HE courses before joining this Access course. It is an advantage to have successfully completed a course of study in the last 5 years. Knowledge of GCSE Science and Maths should be current.
The recruitment process will involve an individual or group interview and written exercises.


Assessment

To pass the Access to HE Diploma all 60 registered credits must be achieved. Credits are awarded at Pass, Merit and Distinction grades. Assessment is through a variety of techniques which give preparation for university, including tests for most units, structured questions, essays, reports, laboratory practical work, a research project and presentations.


Where does this Lead

This broad programme leads to a range of Higher Education courses particularly in the following areas:
Science and Mathematics - for example: biochemistry, biology, biomedical science, chemistry, environmental science, forensics, geology, mathematics, materials science, physics, psychology, sports science
Healthcare - for example: dietetics, environmental health, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, operating department practice, paramedic studies, prosthetics, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, radiotherapy and oncology, speech therapy 
Teaching - at all levels
Engineering - of all disciplines [learners will need a high level of mathematical ability]. 

This well-established course has an excellent record of student progression into Higher Education both locally and nationally. A good number of students progress to Russell Group universities.


Future Opportunities

Science-related careers.


Tell Me More

Personal study time: A substantial time commitment and the ability to organise and take responsibility for your own learning are required. Students usually need to attend for about 13 hours per week. In addition, it is expected that 10-15 hours per week is spent doing personal studies: consolidating work done in class, working on coursework and preparing for tests.


Extra Costs

You are expected to bring appropriate stationery, eg. pens, pencils, paper, to each class and a scientific calculator to most classes. You might also have some printing costs.
Although you are not required to buy books, lab coats and safety glasses, there is the opportunity to do so if you would like to.


Course Leader - Brian Jackson (brian.jackson@sheffcol.ac.uk)