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Access to Higher Education: Life Sciences - Full-time

Access Life Sciences

Course outline

You’ll learn a range of skills and techniques through studying 14 units, including:

  • Scientific study skills
  • Mathematical techniques in science and data analysis
  • Advanced maths
  • Chemistry – inorganic, physical and organic
  • A range of biology units:
    • Human cell biology
    • Biological communication systems
    • Genetics
  • Ecology and environment
  • A practical scientific project

You will also complete a unit of scientific study skills designed to support your skills in research techniques, report writing, presentation skills and writing laboratory reports. This will help you develop the skills needed to approach and complete the range of assessments on the course.

You’ll have support from a personal tutor who will guide you through your studies and support you in your university application.

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Location Date

Location:

Maid Marian Way
Nottingham
NG1 6AB

Date:

Start: 4th September 2019

Course code: C000728 / Q002765

Qualification

CAVA Access to HE Diploma

Duration

1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

As the majority of our Access students are returning to learning as adults, we consider a range of experience when accepting students onto an Access programme. All students will be assessed to see what level they are learning at, particularly the level of English and maths skills, as these will be key to success whilst on a programme at Nottingham College. Your experience and level of study will be assessed at interview and this will determine your offer of a place at College.

The standard entry requirements for a level 3 programme at the College is:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C/9 to 4, including English Language and maths; or
  • A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and maths at GCSE Grade A* to C/9 to 4 however relevant work experience will be considered as a substitute for a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification

Level 2 Functional Skills Maths may be used as an equivalent for GCSE Maths. If you have GCSE Maths and Functional Skills Level 2 in English you may undertake an initial assessment to determine your level of English.

It is not possible to study both GCSE English and Maths on this course.

Teaching & assessment

Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university. This may include an extended essay, timed assessments under controlled conditions and report writing.

Progression

Choose to follow with a degree-level qualification or a career in biology, biomedical or veterinary science, nutrition.

Additional information

If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

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