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The Access to Science pathway is a highly regarded full Level 3 course for learners who wish to apply to university to study science-based degree courses and to pursue science-related career paths in areas such as physics, marine-biology, chemistry, pharmacology, teaching, and many more. This one-year course is taught in a blended learning model with two days in college and one day online. The course is for mature students returning to education (19+), or those wishing to pursue a different career route. A range of Academic Subject Content units are delivered in biology, chemistry, and physics. Learners also undertake a range of Study Skills units.
How will I know how I am doing?
The course consists of 60 credits: 45 Academic Subject Content (ASC) credits graded at pass, merit, and distinction, and 15 Study Skills credits. You will be set assignments to gain these credits throughout the academic year. These will involve essay writing, tests/exams, some practical experiments with written reports and presentations.
What do I need to join?
Essential: GCSE English Language - C/4 or above or international equivalent Essential: GCSE Maths - B/5 or above or international equivalent Beneficial: GCSE Sciences at grade C/4 or above or international equivalent As well as the above Academic criteria all applicants are required to sit an assessment in college, which will ask you to demonstrate your understanding of physics, chemistry, and biology. The assessment is used to ensure that this is the right course for you. Please book your assessment when you complete your application form. You will not be offered a place on the course without completing the assessment. EU/International applicants should email [email protected] to check that any international qualifications they have are recognised by UK institutions before applying for this course.
What can I do next?
Academic and employment progression opportunities with Access to Science are wide ranging. Some of the areas that previous Access to Science students have progressed into include zoology, physics, marine biology, chemistry, pharmacology, and teaching. This Access course is nationally recognised and most intuitions welcome applications from Access learners. Please go to www.ucas.co.uk to find out which institutions and courses you can apply to with this qualification.
Fees information is available by contacting the Money Management Team on [email protected] Depending on your age and previous studies, you may be entitled to a reduction in fees and this can be discussed at interview. The Advanced Learning Loan is available for most 19+ applicants, dependent on your nationality/residency status (please check www.gov.uk for more information or contact MMS). In addition, there is a limited Bursary Fund available and MMS can help you apply and give you any information.
course information last updated: Tuesday 21st March 2023 @ 8.03am (21 hours ago)
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