• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Student
    Support

Course Overview

 One year programme (Studying at Level 3)

This is an intensive course largely delivered through distance learning. 6.5 hours per week of timetabled sessions will be delivered using in College, Thursdays 10:00 – 18:30. In addition, you will be expected to complete a minimum of 20 hours per week of independent study, using the College virtual learning environment to communicate with your tutors.

Level
Level 3
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

The course is made up as follows:

Core units:

  • Academic Writing
  • Research Skills

Subject Specific units from:

  • Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Chemistry

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Applicants must possess GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above. GCSE Science is also preferred but will be assessed at interview if not achieved.

Depending on intended career progression, applicants must be able to evidence a minimum of 50 hours relevant work experience (within the last five years), with the capacity to evidence 150 hours before the course starts. (References will be requested).

Please make sure you bring copies of your existing qualifications with you to the interview.

Recruitment onto Access courses is a three stage process which begins following receipt of your application.

This process will be used to provide individual guidance onto an appropriate level/route of study.

  • Stage One: Skills Review (Maths and English)
  • Stage Two: Diagnostic Assessment (A more in depth Maths and English assessment)
  • Stage Three: Interview and departmental assessment in science if necessary.

Offers are made on a first come, first served basis, following the interview. Failure to attend any one of these stages could impact on your chances of securing a place.

In preparation for achieving the level three Access to HE Diploma by the fastest route possible you should consider the following:

  • Achieving (or updating) Maths GCSE C or above
  • Achieving (or updating) English GCSE C or above
  • Achieving (or updating) Science GCSE C or above.

(You can arrange a brush up on one or both of these subjects by contacting the basic skills team on 0800 358 7676.)

  • Specific University entry requirements such as GCSEs or national qualifications
  • Specific University work experience requirements, either paid or voluntary.

Or why not consider doing our ‘Stepping up to Science’ course which can include GCSEs in Maths, English and much more.

Once on the full time course you will be required to complete an application for a University place straight away. Therefore, prior research is essential. Please refer to the University websites or visit http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ to explore your career options and/or visit our careers drop in service.

Please note: some university courses require that you must have RELEVANT work experience (paid or voluntary) prior to submitting your application for a university place.  If you need to do voluntary work to gain relevant experience then you will need to consider completing the Access course over 2 years-see details of our ‘Stepping up to Access course’ level 2 course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

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Have any further questions about this course? You can contact someone specifically about it by using the details below or filling in the enquiry form.

Ann Thompson
01302 553716
ann.thompson@don.ac.uk

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

Applicants must possess GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above. GCSE Science is also preferred but will be assessed at interview if not achieved.

Depending on intended career progression, applicants must be able to evidence a minimum of 50 hours relevant work experience (within the last five years), with the capacity to evidence 150 hours before the course starts. (References will be requested).

Please make sure you bring copies of your existing qualifications with you to the interview.

Recruitment onto Access courses is a three stage process which begins following receipt of your application.

This process will be used to provide individual guidance onto an appropriate level/route of study.

  • Stage One: Skills Review (Maths and English)
  • Stage Two: Diagnostic Assessment (A more in depth Maths and English assessment)
  • Stage Three: Interview and departmental assessment in science if necessary.

Offers are made on a first come, first served basis, following the interview. Failure to attend any one of these stages could impact on your chances of securing a place.

In preparation for achieving the level three Access to HE Diploma by the fastest route possible you should consider the following:

  • Achieving (or updating) Maths GCSE C or above
  • Achieving (or updating) English GCSE C or above
  • Achieving (or updating) Science GCSE C or above.

(You can arrange a brush up on one or both of these subjects by contacting the basic skills team on 0800 358 7676.)

  • Specific University entry requirements such as GCSEs or national qualifications
  • Specific University work experience requirements, either paid or voluntary.

Or why not consider doing our ‘Stepping up to Science’ course which can include GCSEs in Maths, English and much more.

Once on the full time course you will be required to complete an application for a University place straight away. Therefore, prior research is essential. Please refer to the University websites or visit http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ to explore your career options and/or visit our careers drop in service.

Please note: some university courses require that you must have RELEVANT work experience (paid or voluntary) prior to submitting your application for a university place.  If you need to do voluntary work to gain relevant experience then you will need to consider completing the Access course over 2 years-see details of our ‘Stepping up to Access course’ level 2 course.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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