Our one-year Access to Science course is expressly designed for students without A Levels who wish to study Science at a higher level. If you are keen to progress to either university or vocational training this course is ideal for you. You can choose between a Science and Radiography pathway and those who choose Radiography will need to follow a work-shadowing placement. As a placement is essential tor developing your basic knowledge and practical skills, the College will provide an introductory letter to help with this process.
We welcome students who are 19 years of age and over, are good communicators with numerical skills, are interested in Science and have a desire for a Science-based career. As this is a very demanding course, it is essential that applicants are highly motivated to go on to further studies and that they possess excellent study skills. Successful candidates will need to have a grade C (4/5) or above in GCSE English and maths. They will also have to pass a numeracy and literacy assessment set at GCSE (Level 2) standard.
Access is an intensive course so you do need to be committed to hard work and are required to maintain 100% attendance. In order to manage strict work deadlines you are expected to self-study for a minimum of 10 extra hours a week and must be able to cope with the workload. The Access to HE Diploma in Science is composed of the following subjects areas: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Study Skills. Tutorial content is broken down into units and assessed continuously. Tutorials support the students' progress, particularly during their application into Higher Education.
A variety of methods are used to assess knowledge and understanding; these include short tests, practical write-ups, essays or short-structured questions and exam units at the end of the course. Learners will need to gain 60 credits (a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2) in order to complete the course and achieve the full qualification. In order to be able to achieve the full qualification the learner will need to gain 60 credits (a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2)
You will achieve the nationally recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) awarded by OCN London.
Please complete an application form and return it to the College - either online, by post or in person at one of our campuses.
Yes, all candidates will be interviewed. You will have a Literacy and Numeracy assessment at Level 2. This will be followed by an interview on a different date. Please note that each candidate will be asked to provide evidence of their GCSE English and maths certificates.
During your course there may be some additional costs for essential books and stationery.
Access programmes are specifically designed to prepare mature students to enter higher education. They help develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete a degree course or diploma in higher education. Those who do not have relevant Maths and English qualifications will be considered for a place on an alternative Level 2 Pre-Access to Science programme with GCSE English and maths and Level 2 science units. This will then enable those applicants to progress to Access to Science the following academic year.
To apply or enrol for this course you must first create an account with the College. This is a simple process that should not take more than a few minutes.
If you have any difficulties with applying online or have any other questions please Contact Us, or call 020 8266 4000. Please note this is not a 24 hour helpline.