Why study this course?
The Access to HE Diploma (Land Based Studies) is a one-year, full time, level 3 course, which has been designed for students who want to study animal-based courses at university. There is a broad range of careers available within the animal care industry and this course is a stepping stone to accessing these degrees.
Successful students would be able to apply for degrees across a variety of specialisms such as wildlife and conservation, animal behaviour, zoology and veterinary nursing (with suitable work experience)
There are a wide range of courses that you can study on completion of this Access diploma. Veterinary Nursing is a possibility though you would also need work experience at a veterinary practice. Courses that students have progressed to in the past from the BTEC route include Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare and Zoology.
There is a wide range of jobs you could pursue following a successful degree such as:
A animal care related degree is also useful for the following career paths
This land-based access course includes the essential concepts of animal biology, welfare, health, husbandry and anatomy. This array of content will give you a solid foundation for a course at university.
The list below are some of the units studied on the Access to HE Social Work Diploma (subject to change)
You require a GCSE grade C/ 4 in English Language or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills English.
It is desirable to have GCSE grade C/ 4 in Maths or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills Maths as well. If not, you can study this alongside your Access Diploma, as you will need it for your Degree qualification.
If you are considering Veterinary Nursing as a future career you will also need GCSE Science or Biology in a grade C/4 or above for your Degree Qualification
You will need access to notebooks and stationery.
Lab coats will need to be purchased to undertake practical activities. All information relating to this will be released at enrolment.
Day, time and duration
Full 23/24 timetable to be confirmed
1 year full time course
Start date: September 2023
If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 – 23 years, this course may be free
An Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course
If applying for an Advanced Learning Loan we will need evidence of application before enrolment can be completed, we can also support you to make this application