Duration 1 year
Access to Higher EducationAdults Part-Time
Our Pre-Access to Science & Nursing course is designed to provide mature (19+) learners with essential knowledge and skills that will support their progression directly into employment within the health sciences or onto our Access to Science and Nursing ready to progress into higher education.
This course, which will run one day a week, gives a foundation in both study skills and subject knowledge.
Learners are introduced to life sciences which includes studying key topic areas in life science and the potential impact of current developments within the discipline.
Learners will also have the opportunity to enhance their maths and English skills, as well as specific study skills sessions (such as spelling and writing, critical thinking, research skills, numeracy skills related to sciences etc.) to improve proficiency and build confidence to help aid the transition of getting back into education.
Units may include:
Whilst this course has no official entry requirements, an interview will be required and learners will be asked to demonstrate an interest to progress within the area.
This course will run every Tuesday from 9:00am-3:00pm
The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:
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!
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.
Learners will be assessed with written assignments, group work and by demonstrating an understanding of the unit
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