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Access to Science

Full-time Access to Science Level 3 | Access to HE Diploma (Science)

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...

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AvailabilityAll Full-time Further Education courses commence in September each year. If you can't find what you're looking for or require further assistance, please contact our Admission team 01453 761165 or email admissions@sgscol.ac.uk

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September 2020Filton Campus3Apply Online

Tuition Fees

16-18

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.

19-23

If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, then you may be entitled to a Legal Entitlement to cover the cost of your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (English or Maths Course etc.)

If you are 19 or over and taking an English or Maths course up to an including Level 2, and have not previously achieved a GCSE Grade A* to C or grade 4 or higher, then you may be entitled to a Legal Entitlement to cover the cost of your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (Level 2 Course or Below etc.)

If you are aged 19 or over and studying a level 2 course or below, you may be entitled to a Low Income/Benefit Waiver. If awarded, this Waiver will cover your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (Level 3 Course or Above etc.)

If you are aged 19 or over and studying on a level 3 course or above, and the Level 3 Legal Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may however be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the tuition fees.

Please make arrangements to pay your course fee costs at the time of enrolment. Payment is due prior to the start of your course. The option to pay via an instalment plan is available if required. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date course fees – these may be subject to change.

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Summary

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.

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.

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 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.

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Course information last updated: Thursday 12th December 2019 @ 8.30am (17 hours ago)

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