NSCG | Access to HE Diploma (Science)
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Course overview

The Access to Science Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which is designed to give students a direct progression route into the following science or science related degrees, forensic science, chemistry, biology, environmental science, pharmacy, ophthalmology, chiropractor, biomedical science, natural sciences, sports and exercise sciences, physical sciences.

This is one year course from Sept 2020 to June 2021, where you will study Biology, chemistry, physics, maths and skills for learning through a range of assessment methods (see below).

All successful applicants will take part in two return to learn days where you will get an introduction to the teaching staff, content of the course, be taught some introductory sessions from the modules you will study, initial assessments, along with advise on how to start to formulate your personal statements.

What are the entry requirements?

You are required to have a GCSE in either maths or English language at a minimum grade 4/c or above, or level 2 functional skills. In addition many universities will also insist on a GCSE Science at grade 4 or above, therefore we highly recommend applicants also hold this prior to the start of the course. However during the interview process, you will receive an in-depth one to one interview where you will discuss any other qualifications and or industry experience, along with expert advice and guidance as to the programme best suited for you. It is essential that you research before your interview the entry requirements for your future degree course as this varies from course to course.
Where applicable a further interview with the GCSE team will be arranged if a GCSE in either English or maths is required to be studied alongside the Level 3 Access Diploma.

All applicants need to be 18 from the 31st August 2020

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of assessment methods such as essays, academic posters, presentations, group work, in class tests and other types of coursework. Your teachers will guide and support you through each assessment so that you can develop, improve and progress throughout the course.

What financial support is on offer?

Do not be put off by the cost of the course, as an Advanced Learning Loan is open to anyone aged over 19 studying a Level 3 or above qualification, is not means tested or subject to credit checks and you only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,000 per year.
If you successfully complete your Access to HE course, progress onto and complete a degree level programme, you do not have to pay back your Advanced Learning Loan.
If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first full-time Level 3 programme your course will be completely free. For full details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance.

What can I do next?

The course may enable progression onto degrees in biology, biological sciences, microbiology, applied medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition and dietetics, biomedicine, radiography, physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, biochemical engineering, chemical engineering and related degrees in science, technology, maths and engineering.

How do I find out more?

Contact Dawn Cingoz on 01785 275627 or dawn.cingoz@nscg.ac.uk. Alternatively contact Sarah Bailey on 01785275521 or sarah.bailey1@nscg.ac.uk

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