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Access To Higher Ed: Health & Health Sciences

What entry requirements do I need?

You will need a minimum of: GCSE English at grade C is required. GCSE Maths at grade C is desirable depending on the degree you wish to progress on to. All candidates are expected to attend a Taster Day before receiving a firm offer of a place on the Access course.

What will I learn?

The Health and Health Sciences pathway is designed for students who wish to enter a number of health related professions, including Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography and Occupational Therapy. It is also suitable for students who wish to progress onto subject specific degrees such as biology, environmental science and forensic science.

In the first semester the course provides you with units to develop your study, IT, data presentation and analysis skills, alongside introductory biology units.

Your scientific knowledge is then further developed in semesters two and three, providing you with a broad range of science based topics with a focus on health. Units include Cell Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Reproduction, Health and Disease, Medical Chemistry and Human Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems.

Access to Higher Education courses are one year intensive courses for adult students aged 19+ who are intending to study for a degree at university but who do not have the necessary entry requirements.

As with all Access courses, we want to develop your confidence and ability to study independently. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including lab work, written reports, oral presentations, tests, essays and model making. In the last semester you will also complete an extended Independent Project on a subject of your own choice.

What could I progress on to?

Students who have successfully completed this Diploma have progressed onto university.

Previous learners on this course have gone on to university studies in

• Physiotherapy • Adult Nursing • Midwifery • Podiatry • Radiography • Paediatric Nursing • Public Health • Biomedical Science • Forensic Science • Biology • Environmental Science • Veterinary Nursing • Zoology

Additional Course Details for 19/20

  • Course code 1108
    Course name Access To Higher Ed: Health & Health Sciences
    Campus Ore Valley Campus
    Study mode Full-Time
    Start date 09/09/19
    Duration 36 week (s)

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Sometimes it can be difficult to decide the right level at which to study. The guide below will help you work which level is best for you.

Entry Level

These courses are for students who want to start progressing up the qualifications levels or have no previous qualifications.

Vocational Level 1

You must have a mixture of grades E to G at GCSE to study at this level.

Vocational Level 2

You must have two grade D's and two grade E's at GCSE or a relevant level 1 qualification to study at this level.

Vocational Level 3

These courses are equivalent to A levels, you must have at least four GCSE's at grade C or above or a relevant level 2 qualification.

A Levels

A levels are level 3 courses, you must have or expect 5 A-C grades at GCSE level including Maths and English.
Foundation Degree and Degree Our university courses typically require a relevant level 3 qualification or 120 UCAS points.