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

Course Overview

All Access to HE courses are comprised of 60 credits. 45 of these credits are graded at pass, merit or distinction. Universities offer places on condition of students achieving particular numbers of distinctions and merits. These vary between Universities and between individuals.

In addition to your Access Diploma Universities normally require you to evidence relevant work experience in a care-related setting. This can be paid or voluntary but is not part of your Access course.

 

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Units and Structure

In this course the credits are made up of biology (27 credits), Medical Physics (6 credits), Psychology (6 credits), Health Studies (15 credits) and Study Skills (6 credits).

Assessment takes place throughout the course at the end of each unit of study. Assessment methods include oral presentations, written reports, structured questions, research projects and in-class tests.

List of Unit studied:

Study Skills (6 credits)

YHS243            Academic Writing Skills                                  3 credits ungraded

CER215            Presentation Skills                                          3 credits ungraded

Health (15 credits)

CER604            Exploring the Role of the Carer                      3 credits ungraded

CER012            Alternative & Complementary Therapies      3 credits graded

YHS232            Health & Disease                                            3 credits graded

YHS235            Research Skills Project                                    6 credits graded

Physics (6 credits)

CER227            Radioactivity In Medicine                               3 credits graded

YHS236            Radiology & Medical Imaging                        3 credits graded

Psychology  (6 credits)

CER594            Exploring Perspectives in Psychology             3 credits ungraded

YHS242            Child Development & Early Socialisation       3 credits graded

Biology  (27 credits)

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:

GCSE in English Language and Maths at grade C / 4 or above to join the one year Access programme.

To join the 2 year programme you should have at least one of these GCSEs; the second GCSE can be taken alongside your Access course in the first year.

Note that some Universities may require a science GCSE in addition. This is not required for our Access course, but you should check with the Universities you may wish to apply to.


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.

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:

GCSE in English Language and Maths at grade C / 4 or above to join the one year Access programme.

To join the 2 year programme you should have at least one of these GCSEs; the second GCSE can be taken alongside your Access course in the first year.

Note that some Universities may require a science GCSE in addition. This is not required for our Access course, but you should check with the Universities you may wish to apply to.


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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