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Access to HE Medical Science

Access to HE Medical Science

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Access to HE Medical Science

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Biosciences)

An Access course is an intense learning opportunity, aimed at adults who wish to study at university but don’t necessarily have the qualifications to apply.

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Is this course right for me?

This course is designed for learners who may not have any recent qualifications which enable them to gain entry onto a degree level course. The learner will gain a sound overview of the human body and environmental pollution.

This is an intensive course which requires a high level of dedication and ideally 100% attendance. You will be required to study outside normal college hours in order to complete assignments and undertake background reading. Candidates must be certain they are ready for both the academic demands and the workload of the programme in order to achieve the Diploma at a standard required for university entry.

Please note you may be required to complete an online introduction to study programme during the Summer.  Further information will be provided at your information session.

This course normally runs over three days per week.

  • Three GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy and Science
  • Life skills, experience and maturity are important
  • Successful completion of online summer programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of Skills for Further Study, GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy (and Science for Biosciences) at grade C or above in addition to successful decision from progression board meeting
  • Successful completion of online summer programme

This course is an intense modular course.

Modules include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Level 3 mathematics
  • Environmental science
  • Communication

Within these modules individual units include:

  • Planning and Time Management
  • Academic skills
  • Access to higher education – investigative project/extended essay
  • Core mathematics – algebra and graphs
  • Core mathematics – application of mathematics
  • Mathematics – statistics
  • Using graphs
  • Enzymes
  • Natural selection
  • Analytical procedures in chemistry
  • Atomic structure
  • Environmental chemistry
  • The chemistry of living cells
  • Microbiology and health
  • Cell structure and transport
  • The cardiovascular system
  • The human skeletal system
You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course

The course will provide an entry route for University courses in dietetics, physiotherapy, radiography, science based degrees including animal care, environmental science, food science, forensic science and other science based courses.  Also useful for careers in science teaching, computer science and nursing.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • A memory stick/a small portable USB hard drive
  • A scientific calculator
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You will need to pay a £30 access workshop fee each year before you start the course
  • You can rent a locker for £10 per year this will be refunded if the locker remains undamaged and keys are returned
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 02/04/2024
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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