European Social Fund

ACCESS TO HE: SCIENCE - LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA

Awarded By: Ascentis
Duration: 32 Weeks
Level: Level 3
Last Updated: 01-06-22

The Access to Higher Education: Science course is designed for learners aged 19 and over who wish to progress to university to study a science related degree course but do not hold the current level 3 qualifications needed for entry.

The course allows you to study the key foundations in Biology and Chemistry, alongside key academic writings skills and techniques, that prepare you for degree level study.

A range of modules are studied, including Introduction to Cell Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Carrying out a Practical Investigation, Core Principles of Chemistry, Study and Writing Skills, Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles, Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles, Further Organic Chemistry, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems, Practical Investigation Chemistry and Human Reproductive Biology.

Upon successful completion, many students progress onto undergraduate level study at their university of choice.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Access to Higher Education: Science course allows you to study the key foundations in Biology and Chemistry, alongside key academic writings skills and techniques, that prepare you for degree level study.

A range of modules are studied, including Introduction to Cell Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Carrying out a Practical Investigation, Core Principles of Chemistry, Study and Writing Skills, Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles, Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles, Further Organic Chemistry, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems, Practical Investigation Chemistry and Human Reproductive Biology.

Upon successful completion, many students progress onto undergraduate level study at their university of choice.

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

The theory modules are classroom based and practical activities and investigations will take place in our state-of-the-art laboratories alongside industry experienced tutors. 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed through a variety of written and online assignments (80%) and seen examinations (20%). Each module will employ a method of assessment most relevant to the subject topic being taught.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will hold a level 3 qualification, recognised by many universities for entry onto relevant undergraduate degree programmes. In previous years, former students have progressed to university to study for careers in Midwifery, Pharmaceuticals, Dietetics, Biomedical Science, Dental Nursing, Environmental Science, Paramedic Practice and Teaching. 

It is important to check with your chosen university that the Access to Higher Education: Science qualification is an accepted study route for your chosen course.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

You will be required to purchase a laboratory coat and safety goggles for practical activities at a cost of £20. You will also need a scientific calculator.

To find out more, watch this short video from Curriculum Leader Amy: 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You are required to have GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above with Functional Skills at Level 2 also accepted. You will benefit from having GCSE English at grade 4 or above, with the acceptance of Functional Skills at Level 2, and GCSE Science at grade 3 or above.

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