Access to HE
Reading, RG1 4HJ
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On the Access to Higher Education Science pathway you will study chemistry, human biology and psychology.
An Access course is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and would like to go on to higher education but do not have the formal qualifications needed.
On the Access to HE Diploma (Science) pathway you will gain scientific knowledge of a wide range of areas including: the main body system; cell division and genetics; the nervous system; disease and immunity.
Your psychology studies will look at human behaviour and let you experience and explore various theories and methods.
What I'll learn
The Science pathway involves studying chemistry, human biology and psychology. Chemistry provides a general introduction to the three classical branches: physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.
Human biology starts with a general overview of the main body systems, followed by the studying of cell division and genetics, reproductive and nervous systems and homeostatic mechanism regulated by the endocrine system.
You will also examine some of the theories and methods in psychology and explore human behaviour. In addition to subject knowledge the course can help boost your communication and study skills.
There will also be the opportunity to gain GCSE maths and English as part of your programme.
How I'll learn
Your studying will involve a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, research projects, and laboratory practicals.
In the case of psychology, credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as essays, reports, oral presentations and timed assessments.
How I'll be assessed
Assessment on this programme is through a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
Assessments are a mixture of:
- structured questions
Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.
No specific qualifications are asked for, however a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or maths would be beneficial.
You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.
If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will also be invited in for an interview where you will need to bring with you a portfolio of your work to date, demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.
Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.
There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.
How to Apply
You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:
- Register for our online service and verify your account
- Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.
Printed application forms are also available.
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.