Mode of study:
Access to Science
Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students, without traditional Level 3 qualifications, to apply for degree courses and enter university.
The Science Diploma is suitable for those who have been out of full-time education for some time and aiming to join university or higher education courses. This qualification requires a maturity of approach and a high level of commitment. In addition, applicants need a successful interview and screening and must have sufficient time to devote to their studies.
This is a qualification designed for:
- Adults with a current or previous role or interest in Science
- Adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a business and/or law related profession.
Access to University is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance (100%) throughout the course.
Good English and Maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects therefore, Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.
This programme is very popular so please complete your application early.
Student will have the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge about a variety of biological processes.
We offer fantastic extra-curricular activities and volunteering opportunities to support your Personal Statement.
Career Opportunities & Further Study
Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Science. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacy, Radiography, Biomedical Sciences, Ecology, Nutrition, Mathematics and a range of related degrees.
In addition, internal progression to Foundation Degree in Public Health and Social care degree at the Croydon’s University Centre, progressing towards their career goals in friendly and familiar surroundings.
The core subjects for Access to Higher Science Diploma – are study skills, human biology, Maths (Algebra) at Level 3 and chemistry. Tutorial support is also embedded into the programme.
- The Access to Science Level 3 course is delivered over two days.
- Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: formal reports, presentations, written assessments, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, exams, case studies and reflective statements.
All applicants will be required to take an English and Mathematics paper-based assessment, regardless of previous qualifications. You must achieve a Level 2 in English and at least a Level 2 in Mathematics to be accepted on this course.
Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs or Functional Skills as part of their entry criteria and there may be opportunities for adult students to study English and Maths as part of your programme, and the level and type of qualification will be selected to suit individual needs. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.
All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that the course is the right choice based on previous educational and work experience. Every student will need to provide at least one satisfactory reference to support their application.
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria.
- Click here to check if you’re eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
- Apply for the Advanced Learner Loan – click here
- Contact Student Finance – Click here
Repaying your loan:
Access to Higher Education (HE) course: Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.
There may be financial support to help with childcare. Please check with MIS or Senior Management Team.
How To Apply
Use the below link to apply for the above course.