Level 3 Access to HE Science

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This course is for those learners interested in a career in science or science based industries. Core units cover academic writing, communication skills and study skills. You will study physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. At the end of the year you will undertake a research project using you new and enhanced skills. In addition we will help and support you in making a UCAS application and prepare you for Higher Education.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will study the following units: Fundamental Chemistry, Fundamental Physics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Practical Chemical Analysis, Eco-systems and Human Influences, Statistics, Application of Nuclear Physics, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria Research and a Practical Investigation Project. You will also study units aimed at developing your learning skills : Preparation for Higher Education, Study Skills, Academic Writing, Communication – Speaking and Listening, and Mathematics for Science.


Am I right for the course?

You will be over 19 years and have been out of formal education for one year.

This pathway is for learners looking at science based degrees. You should have some science education and knowledge. If you are new to this discipline you may wish to speak to the Access Team about getting ready for the course. The course is on year full time (normally three to four days a week). Attendance is important given the intensive nature.

Access to HE is an intensive course and it is important that you understand the commitment. We will ask you to complete initial assessments in English and maths. We would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are working at Level 2 (GCSE level) in both subjects. In addition you will have an interview with an Access to HE lecturer.

Each unit is assessed through an assignment. This may be a piece of written work, controlled assessment, presentation or an observation of an experiment. Most units are graded pass, merit or distinction. On completion the numbers of passes, merits and distinctions may be used to calculate a UCAS Tariff. Universities will generally set a target for merits / distinctions or a Tariff.

You may take one GCSE/ Functional Skills (English or maths) alongside the main programme. If you need these qualifications it is best to talk to one of the Access Team.

Oaklands College has a team of experienced and specialist subject staff who have industry experience and will deliver the teaching and learning on the programme. In addition there is a dedicated team of personal tutors who will help you develop your study skills and support you in reaching your full academic potential.

What Next?

The course is very popular and an early application is advisable in order to avoid disappointment. We will ask you come into college to discuss the course and your aspirations with a member of the Access Team. You will asked to take an initial tests in English and maths.

On completing the Access course many of our students will continue their education at the University of Hertfordshire. Others choose to go further afield and continue their studies at various universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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