Access to H.E. Diploma in Science

Overview

  • Adults

Details

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science, is a Level 3 qualification designed for Adults aged 19+ who wish to pursue Higher Education. The course is a one year intensive course, which allows students to develop the skills needed for Higher Education. The course is suitable for those who have been out of full-time education for some time, or wish to change careers. The course Access to HE in Science requires a maturity approach, dedication and commitment.

Will the course give me what I want?

The course is an intensive course, which includes units in Biological, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Study skills. All students are allocated a tutor, for pastoral support, as well as to help with UCAS. 

The Diploma is made up of units that amount to 60 L3 credits. The 60 credits include 15 credits in Biology, 15 credits in chemistry, 9 credits in Physics, 6 credits in Maths and 15 credits in Study skills. 


What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to? 

The course provides a pathway onto a variety of Higher Education degree courses at Universities, including Russel group Universities. Past students have gained access to a wide range of science degrees at excellent universities, including:Radiography, Physiotherapy (King’s College), Biomedical Science (Royal Holloway)Nutrition and Dietetics (Surrey)Chemistry (Brunel)Computer Sciences (Sussex)Physics (Warwick)Marine Biology Biodiversity and Conservation (Anglia Ruskin)Nursing (Essex) Physiotherapy(St. George’s) 

How will I learn? 

Through classroom based activities, lectures, practical experiments, group work and self-direct learning. 

How will I be assessed? 

Assessment will be by assignments, exams, presentations, observation of practical work and practical reports. Each unit studied, will use one or more of these assessment methods.

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University, Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

Due to the volume of scientific ideas and principles covered, as well as their applications, students should be prepared to allow a minimum of 6 hours per week of individual study outside of lessons.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Health Care, Scenes of Crime Officer, Science

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

You will need to have a GCSE qualification at Grade C or above in Mathematics and be able to demonstrate at least a Level 2 knowledge of both Science and English. All prospective students are required to complete an initial literacy and numeracy assessment, along with a short science assessment, when invited to for an interview. A satisfactory reference is also required.

Expected prior knowledge


At least Grade C in GCSE Science or other L2 science qualifications or industrial experience which demonstrate sufficient scientific background

English level


You are expected to be at Level 2 in English. If you do not have a GCSE in English you will need to enroll on a separate Evening GCSE course in addition to this Access course, as it is a requirement by Universities that you have a grade C in GCSE English.

Mathematics level


You are expected to have a Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics before starting the course

Support

Childcare

Are you aged 20 or over? Is the cost of childcare preventing you from studying? The College has a limited childcare fund to support parents who want to study but need help towards the cost of childcare.

The fund is small, you cannot presume that you will get help with childcare costs, even if you meet the eligibility criteria. It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available to help with your childcare costs.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances. In addition to demonstrating that you are on a low income, you must also meet the College’s general eligibility criteria.

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Skills Funding Agency or in receipt of a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling
  • Studying for a minimum of 10 hours a week *

Financial Eligibility

You need to have evidence that you fall into one of the following groups:

  • on a low income
  • a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

The evidence you will be required to produce:

  • a current JSA/UC/ Income Support/Pension Credit letter, a Tax Credit Award notice showing income for tax year 2014-15 or recent correspondence from the DWP/Housing Benefit office which specifies the benefit being received.
  • evidence of income may be a 2014-15 P60/Tax Return, recent pay-slips showing income evidence from previous two months from which the income can be calculated or a signed letter from the employer(s) stating the salary paid

Your childcare provision:

  • arrangements will be made with students on an individual basis.
  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • student on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • nursery places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.
  • funding for childcare is time-limited

Speak to a Student Advisor as soon as possible to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST do this before you enrol on a course

For more information email studentadvice@cwc.ac.uk.

Financial Support for 19+ Year-olds

Are you aged 19 or over? Are the costs associated with study (e.g. travel, buying additional books or equipment) preventing you from studying? The College has a limited Learner Support Fund (LSF) and 24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund (24+ALL BF) to help with these costs.

The funds are small. You cannot presume you will get financial support even if you meet the eligibility criteria. Eligibility for help towards course associated costs are based on your personal circumstances. In addition to demonstrating that you are on a low income, you must also meet the College’s general eligibility.

General Eligibility Criteria

Learner Support Fund:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Considered to be a home student
  • Fully enrolled on a course funded by the Skills Funding Agency

24+ Advance Learning Loan Bursary Fund:

  • Aged 24 or over
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study and in receipt of a 24+ Adult Learning Loan

Financial eligibility

You need to have evidence that you fall into one of the following groups:

  • on a low income
  • a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

The evidence you will be required to produce:

  • a current JSA/UC/ Income Support/Pension Credit letter, a Tax Credit Award notice showing income for tax year 2014-15 or recent correspondence from the DWP/Housing Benefit office which specifies the benefit being received.
  • evidence of income may be a 2014-15 P60/Tax Return, recent pay-slips showing income evidence from previous two months from which the income can be calculated or a signed letter from the employer(s) stating the salary paid
  • proof of rent or mortgage in order for your disposable income to be assessed

Payments

Payments contribute to the costs associated with study including travel. They do not meet all the costs. If you live within walking distance of college or have a Freedom pass you cannot apply for help with travel. For students who have to travel significant distances, a payment may be made towards the transport costs, for the days you are in College. You may also use the money to buy books or other learning resources.

All payments are based on you having a minimum of 85% attendance each month.

Payments are paid into your bank accounts.

You MUST inform the DWP of any payments you receive.

Contact studentadvice@cwc.ac.uk for more information.