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Access to University (Sciences) - Level 3

Overview

Could you see yourself as a physiotherapist, nutritionist, dietician, research scientist or biochemist?

If so, our Access to University (Science) course is for you. This course is specifically designed for adults (19+) who have been out of education for some time and want to re-engage with education or make a career change. 

On successful completion of the course you will awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to Higher Education Diplomas. To find out more visit www.cava.ac.uk

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Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age to enrol on an Access to University course.
  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above.

Don’t have the entry requirements for an Access to University course? Why not consider the Pre-Access to University course?

This course will provide you with the entry requirements to progress onto an Access to University course of your choice. The Pre-Access course provides GCSE English and GCSE maths plus a wrap-around qualification featuring research skills, revision techniques, advice on applying to university and work experience. This course is ideal for those who are returning to education with the view to progress to university. 

The fee for the course is £480 however this is income assessed and subject to change.

If you are interested in the Pre-Access course, please email preaccessenquires@wnc.ac.uk

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
Sep 20191 yr(s)1054A1FREE* to £3384.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE Diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to University course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

Our Access to University courses can be studied within one academic year – up to 450 hours of class time.

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How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of a number of units designed to prepare you for the demands of higher level study. Assessment consists of at least one item of written coursework for each unit (report, essay, examination). For some units this is augmented with a spoken presentation.

What does the course lead to?

You could progress to study a wide range of science-related HE courses including:

  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Podiatry
  • BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

All of these could lead to rewarding careers in the relevant fields. A chemistry graduate with a good degree could earn up to £27,500 in their first job, whereas moving into financial services could secure remuneration of up to £45,000. 

What will I study?

It is possible to study two pathways within the Access to HE Science course - one which focuses on biology, or one which focuses on chemistry. Both the chemical and biological sciences pathways contain a significant portion of hands on, practical science. General areas covered on both pathways are: 

  • Study skills
  • Practical, scientific individual research project
  • General biology
  • Human biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

How do I apply?

You can complete an online application form or contact the college for an application form to be sent to you.

All students must have an interview before starting the programme.

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*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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