About the course
This course provides a recognised route to higher education courses for Physiotherapy, Radiography, Paramedic Science, Speech and Language Therapy and other science based health care programmes. It may also lead to higher education degree courses in areas such as Operating Department Practice and Biomedical Science. Access to Higher Education programmes are designed to meet the needs of students who may not have had the opportunity to enter higher education earlier in their lives. Classes are flexibly timetabled to meet the needs of student learners. The course can be studied over one academic year [two days (9-5pm) or three evenings (6-9pm) per week].
Applicants should have an interest in the health science professions and be prepared for nine months study. Students are advised to enquire as to individual university entry requirements, e.g. most universities now require GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at Grade C or above. Access course study is of A2 Level standard and while there are no formal entry requirements, we must ensure at interview that applicants have a good chance of success.
Applicants must be 19 or over as at the start of the course.
Science Access to Higher Education Diploma in conjunction with CAVA (Cambridge Access Validating Agency).
What you'll learn (core modules)
All Access courses comprise 60 credits:
Physiology (18), Biochemistry (9), Physics (9), Level 3 Mathematics (3), Level 2 Mathematics (6), Study Skills (6) and a Project (9).
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a variety of methods (essays, reports, presentations and exams) to prepare for study at university
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
Classroom and laboratory at Bury St Edmunds campus.
Where will this course take me?
Students progress to higher education courses as detailed in the 'Course Content'. Of the students who completed this course last year 80% entered Higher Education.
How much will it cost?
Course fees are waived for students under 24 years of age who have not studied a full Level 3 qualification.
Students over 24 years may apply for an Adult Learner Loan to finance the course.
For further information on the Advanced Learner Loan please contact the Student Loans Co-ordinator on 01284 338714
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Please apply online via West Suffolk College website and you will be contacted by Admissions to arrange an interview with the Course Director.
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