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Access to HE Diploma (Combined Sciences)

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On the Access to HE Diploma (Combined Sciences) pathway you will study chemistry, human biology and psychology.

As you study on the Access to HE Diploma (Combined Sciences) 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. 

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

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 programme 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 is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).

 

Entry Requirements

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 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.

At your initial assessment you will need to 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. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities.

 

How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy. You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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 contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.