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Access to Higher EducationAdults Access to Higher Education (19+)
This is a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) recognised qualification that is currently accepted by numerous UK medical schools as an entry qualification to medicine.
This course started in 1993 and has since sent over 300 students to UK medical schools. It is for those who seek a route into medicine having either already achieved academically in other areas or who are seeking to make a greater contribution in this discipline.
About a third of students are health service professionals (e.g. nurses and paramedics). The remaining students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We suggest that applicants must be familiar with and have experience of the National Health Service (NHS).
Some 80% of our students received offers, although progression is subject to achieving distinctions in all the subjects as the standard qualification for entry to 4 and 5 year degree programmes.
Amongst subjects studied are biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and medical geography. You will also complete a project on an area you wish to specialise.
There is an examination and assignment for each subject. In addition, students also have to complete the project report. There will be around 19 hours of lectures, seminars and practicals every week. You will also need to undertake 20-30 hours study per week outside your class times.
You will be required to take UKCAT (UK Clinical Admissions Test). However, medical school entry requirements do vary and you may be required to take BMAT (British Medical Admissions Tests).
We advise all prospective applicants to do their own research to get an idea of their likely acceptability for medicine before they start the course. This is best done by looking at medical schools' websites or prospectuses.
You must be aged 19 or over on 31st August in the year you begin the course.
You will also need:
While it is not a requirement for you to have work experience to study this course, your future application for medical school will be looked at more favourably if you have relevant work experience with patient contact in the NHS or care sector.
Applicants with degrees
Applicants with a lower second class (2.2) undergraduate degree or below will not be considered for this course. Graduates who wish to undertake graduate entry at medical school/university may be required to have other qualifications. Please refer to the entry requirements of your intended medical school before applying.
Applicants with Level 3 qualifications (including A-Levels)
Applicants who have completed a Level 3 course (including A-Levels & Baccalaureates) in the last three years will not be considered.
If you need a student visa to come to the UK to take this course then unfortunately we cannot accept your application. If you do have 'settled' status and do not require a student visa to come to or stay in the UK, we can accept your application but will need to see your passport and any relevant immigration documents as evidence of your right to stay in the UK prior to arranging your college interview.
Equivalent qualifications to GCSEs will be considered with a NARIC statement of comparability, which you will have to obtain before we can process your application. More information can be found here.
If English is not your first language, we will require you to have IELTS score of 7 (or equivalent) to join the course. Please visit their website for further information.
All our Access to Higher Education courses have a course fee which could be waived if you are aged 19-23 at the start of your course and have not completed a level 3 (or above) course before.
Otherwise, you could also consider applying for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of the course. If you complete an Access course and then progress onto and complete a degree (with us or elsewhere), you will not be required to pay back the remaining amount of your Advanced Learner Loan!
Advanced Learner Loan Information
Depending on your age, course, educational history and personal circumstances, there may be options available for you to receive a course fully-funded by the government. Our fee calculator will help give you an idea on whether you'll be able to have your course fee waived or covered by an Advanced Learner Loan.
If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.
The Access to Higher Education course (depending upon the final qualification) is equivalent to A-Levels. It is recognised by higher education institutions, advanced apprenticeships, business, retail and appropriate professions. Our Access to Higher Education courses are validated by the Cambridge Access Validating Agency and the qualification is universally recognised as demanding and rigorously assessed.
There will be an end examination in each subject. Assignments will also be set throughout the course. In addition students have to complete a project.
The number of UCAS tariff points for an Access to Higher Education diploma varies between 48 and 144 points, depending on your grade for each module.
Access to Higher Education qualifications are split into a total of 45 graded credits and each module will have a different credit weighting (for example, one module may be worth 3 units and another may be worth 6). For each graded module, you'll achieve a pass, merit or distinction and these each carry a different amount of UCAS points (with pass being the lowest and distinction being the highest).
For example, if you pass each graded module, you will achieve 48 UCAS points. If you gain a distinction in each graded module, you will achieve 144 UCAS points (equivalent to three A grades at A Level).
We've included some examples below of what grades you need to achieve common UCAS tariff point entry requirements:
|UCAS Points||Grades required|
|64||15 credits at merit, 30 credits at pass|
|74||24 credits at merit, 21 credits at pass|
|80||30 credits at merit, 15 credits at pass|
|96||45 credits at merit|
|120||24 credits at distinction, 21 credits at merit|
|144||45 credits at distinction|
You can find more details on the UCAS Tariff points calculator here.
Duration 1 year