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

Course Overview

 This course can be completed over one year by studying two days per week (Wednesday and Thursday).

Alternatively, the same course can be completed over 2 years by studying one day per week (Thursdays only).

Lessons run 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

Students are expected to do a significant amount of independent study in addition to their lesson time.

Access courses are made up 60 credits. There are a number different units which are worth either 3 or 6 credits. The units are mostly biology and chemistry, with a smaller amount of physics, health studies and study skills.

All modules are internally assessed and graded, but externally moderated. Grades are awarded for each unit at  Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Level
Level 3
Duration
1 year full-time (2 days per week) or 2 years part-time (1 day per week)
Awarding Body
Certa
Course Fees
No fee for students under 23 doing their first Level 3 course. Course fees £3384 for aged 24 and over - Advanced Learner Loan available to cover fees.
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Aged 19 and over? Click here to find out about our financial support available

Units and Structure

The course is made up of the following units:

Study Skills (6 credits)

YHS243            Academic Writing Skills                                  3 credits ungraded

CER215            Presentation Skills                                          3 credits ungraded

Health (3 credits)

YHS233            Exploring Health & Disease                            3 credits ungraded

Physics (6 credits)

CER227            Radioactivity In Medicine                               3 credits graded

YHS236            Radiology & Medical Imaging                        3 credits graded

Chemistry (15 credits)

CER318            Atoms, Bonds and Structure                           3 credits graded

CER471            Moles, Equations & Acids                               3 credits graded

CER487            Redox and Periodicity                                     3 credits graded

CER439            Chemistry of Drugs & Medicines                   6 credits graded

Biology  (30 credits)

CER566            Exploring Practical Biology Skills                    3 credits ungraded

CER563            Exploring Cells                                                    3 credits ungraded

CER187            Non-infectious Disease                                   3 credits graded

CER146            Infection & Immunity                                      6 credits graded

CER059            Control & Co-ordination                                 6 credits graded

CER270            Systems Physiology                                         6 credits graded

CER114            Genetic inheritance                                        3 credits graded

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Applicants must possess GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above. A GCSE in a science subject is also preferred but not essential

There is no specific work experience requirement for this Access course, but students wishing to progress to healthcare related University courses will need to be able to evidence relevant work experience (paid or voluntary) within the last five years.

All applicants are invited in to discuss the course with an Access tutor to ensure the course is suitable for your chosen career. Please bring copies of your existing qualifications with you to the interview.

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 (new grade 4) or above
  • Achieving (or updating) English GCSE C (new grade 4) or above
  • Achieving (or updating) a science GCSE C (new grade 4) or above.

For students who do not meet the entry criteria we also offer GCSE English, maths and biology through the Access department. We also offer a Level 2 Access programme for students who need to develop their skills before undertaking a Level 3 programme.

Once on the full time course you will be required to complete an application for a University place in the first months of the course. 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.

 


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.

Progression and Employment

Over 95% of students on this course progress directly to University degrees.

 

Courses you can progress to

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We're proud to be able to offer Dual Career Accreditation via the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. This is a Sport England funded partnership between athletes, education institutions, and national governing bodies of sport.

The Scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.

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Apply or Enquire

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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.

Kevin Gill
01302 553954
kevin.gill@don.ac.uk

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. A GCSE in a science subject is also preferred but not essential

There is no specific work experience requirement for this Access course, but students wishing to progress to healthcare related University courses will need to be able to evidence relevant work experience (paid or voluntary) within the last five years.

All applicants are invited in to discuss the course with an Access tutor to ensure the course is suitable for your chosen career. Please bring copies of your existing qualifications with you to the interview.

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 (new grade 4) or above
  • Achieving (or updating) English GCSE C (new grade 4) or above
  • Achieving (or updating) a science GCSE C (new grade 4) or above.

For students who do not meet the entry criteria we also offer GCSE English, maths and biology through the Access department. We also offer a Level 2 Access programme for students who need to develop their skills before undertaking a Level 3 programme.

Once on the full time course you will be required to complete an application for a University place in the first months of the course. 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.

 


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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