Vocational Course

Access to HE - Science Diploma

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About this course

Starts in September

An Access course is a nationally recognised alternative to A Levels and GCSEs for entry to British Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The course offers excellent preparation for studying at a higher level and can increase your chances of future success.

At Halesowen College our Access programme is specifically linked to Birmingham City University, Newman University and Wolverhampton University. However, as part of the Open College Network, the qualification is recognised nationally, leaving you free to apply to the university of your choice.

Even if you were to decide against progressing to higher education, we believe that you would find the course to be of great personal benefit.

What does the course involve?

The course involves a selection of units chosen to prepare candidates for university in a range of computing related degrees. Practical and theory work will inspire the learner and offer the opportunity for them to discover what they may want to specialise in.

What will I learn?

  • Atomic Structure
  • Practical inorganic chemistry
  • Medical physics
  • Practical physics
  • Environmental Issues

Biology units

  • Cell Biology
  • Nutrition and digestion
  • Human reproduction, growth and development
  • Infection and immunity

Other modules

  • Extended essay
  • Research Topic (science based)
  • Progressing to Higher Education
  • Study Techniques
  • ICT

How will I be assessed?

A range of teaching and learning methods will be used in this module in order to ensure that the learning aims and outcomes can be met.

The methods will include lectures, seminars, and discussions in small and large groups, web-based learning, independent study and tutorials. Each unit will be assessed by one or more assignments.

What do I need?

You require a GCSE grade in Maths and English or the equivalent.

A Level two qualification in a science-based subject is desirable but not essential.

Where can it take me?

You will be able to apply for many university courses across the country.

Additional Information

You will need a pen and notebook to take note of important details. Upon enrolling a student pen drive will be issued to store your work.

Who can I contact about the course?

Hilary Gardner, Access to HE Manager - hgardner@halesowen.ac.uk - 0121 602 7753

Funding Your Access to HE Course

If you are aged 19-23 and do not hold a full level 3 qualification (such as a BTEC, NVQ or A Levels) your course could be free.

If you do need to pay for the course you can pay in full, by instalments or by Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.