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The Access to Science pathway is a highly regarded Access course which offers students an opportunity to take an intensive course in the main sciences of physics, chemistry and biology, and supports students who wish to apply to university to study science-based degree courses. This course is for people who wish to study at higher education in a science-related area and later pursue a career in related fields such as physiotherapy, biomedical science and pharmacology. This is a one-year course contained within 3–4 days per week. This course is for mature students returning to education, or those wishing to pursue a different career route. A range of Academic Subject Content units are delivered from the following categories: biology, chemistry and physics. There may also be an opportunity to study environmental science or higher maths. Please enquire about the availability of these subjects.
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 Academic Preparation Skills (APS) 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?
Applicants should already have secured a grade C/5 or above in GCSE Maths, English and Science to gain entry to the Access course. If applicants are currently studying GCSEs, they will need to have secured these (at a 5 grade minimum) by the course start date. Any applicants that believe they have GCSE equivalency should check with their university of choice if they meet their degree course entry requirements before making an application for Access. The Access to Science pathway is an intensive course involving a higher level of maths; consequently we ask all applicants who wish to pursue the Access to Science course to undergo an additional maths assessment at interview to ascertain their ability in this subject.
What can I do next?
Access courses are designed to enable learners to progress onto the higher education course of their choosing, many of which are offered here at the College. Students are supported through the UCAS process by their personal tutors and will be given specialist advice and guidance about their future career pathways.
What are my career options?
Degree courses in this area are wide ranging, and some of the areas that previous Access students have progressed into include: zoology, pharmacology, biomedical science and physiotherapy. These and many other degrees are offered nationally, but the main local providers of some of the courses are the University of the West of England, Bristol University and Bath University.
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: Friday 17th September 2021 @ 10.30am (1 day ago)