The Access to Science course is for students wishing to progress to university, to study on science-related courses such as Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science, Paramedic Science, Pharmacy, Food Science and Microbiology and some healthcare related degree courses. This is an intensive study programme and you will need to be completely committed and prepared to undertake self-study. It is recommended that you gain some experience in a relevant setting by the time you begin your Access to Science course.
To pass the diploma students have to achieve 60 credits, 45 are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and the remaining 15 credits are from compulsory study skills units which include; essay writing, research skills and critical thinking, the successful completion of which is designed to prepare students for the kinds of independent study that they will experience in Higher Education. This is a demanding intensive course and you will need to be highly motivated with a committed and organised approach and a genuine aptitude and passion for your subject. You are expected to self-study for a minimum of 10 extra hours a week in order to manage strict work deadlines and to cope with the work load.
Depending on your chosen progression route, some universities may expect you to have gained experience working in a relevant vocational setting and are also likely to require a DBS check. It is strongly advised that you have any required work experience in place by the time you begin your Access course.
The entry requirements for these Access courses are:
- GCSE Maths A* to C
- GCSE English A* to C
If you do not already hold these qualifications, we advise you to gain these qualifications before enrolling onto Access to H.E. Many universities will be asking you for high grades in your work and you need to be sure these are achievable.
You should research university courses very carefully to make sure you have what they are looking for as you will be applying for a university place within the first term.
What Books And Equipment Do I Need?
- You will need writing materials to take notes and store class handouts.
- You will need access to a computer to produce your course work
- A booklist is provided but there are no mandatory books to purchase.
Where will I Study ?
- All classes are at the Chelsea, Hortensia Road SW10 0QS site.
- There is a laboratory space used for some of the lectures.
What will I learn?
There are 5 Study Skills across all Access pathways and these support the academic skills you will need for both the course and for progression to higher education. There are a range of biology units that cover the main body systems, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Skeletal, Muscular and Nervous; some pathways also complete a practical science unit. Pathways will have specialist units in Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic and Sports Science and Radiography includes 3 units in Physics. Science pathways will study Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught by subject specialists through a range of classroom based activities both theoretical and practical. Your day is divided into four 90 minute classes covering a range of subject areas. You will be required to attend for two full days a week, 9.30am until 4.30pm. Access is an intensive study program; you must be completely committed to work hard and are required to maintain 100% attendance.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is on-going and developed through a portfolio of course work. A large proportion of your work will be essay or assignment based but you can also expect exams, presentations and project work. Each term will cover a different range of units and there are strict assessment deadlines linked to achievement of merit and distinction grades.
There are 45 credits available at merit and distinction level and some universities will make an offer conditional on achieving a specified grade profile.
What can I do next?
You will be applying to your chosen universities through UCAS around October, November time. The Kensington and Chelsea College Access programme has excellent links with a wide range of universities and each year a number of our students progress to the Russell group universities. Progression routes have included:
- Science: Kent, Royal Holloway, Brighton, Kings, Southampton, London Metropolitan, St Mary’s