What do I learn?
You will gain knowledge on a range of health-related issues and research cultural and environmental influences on health. In addition to an understanding of human biology and psychology you will also gain a deeper understanding of ethical issues within healthcare. A life saving programme forms part of the course and looks at subjects such as health and safety at work. There will also be the opportunity to gain nationally recognised Level 2 qualifications in Adult Numeracy and Literacy.
Teaching will take the form of lectures, discussions, group work and self-directed learning. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, reports, presentations and timed assessments. If you do not already have relevant work experience you will be encouraged and expected to seek a voluntary placement to gain relevant workplace experience to support your higher education application. Assessment is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
What do I gain?
As well as developing subject knowledge you will improve your communication, personal analytical and study skills through a common core programme that provides one-to-one tutorial support.
There will also be the opportunity to gain nationally recognised Level 2 qualifications in Adult Numeracy and Literacy. There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues. Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all our Access students progress to higher education. You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education.
What do I need?
Students must be aged 19 or over. No specific qualifications are asked for however a GCSE grade C in English or maths would be beneficial. You will be interviewed and have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.
At your interview you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve. You will need relevant paid or voluntary work experience in the care sector. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities.
What can I do next?
Students have progressed to higher education courses in adult nursing, child health, nursing, learning disabilities, mental health, midwifery practice, social work, psychology and forensic science.
What else do I need to know?
The Access diploma DOES NOT top up UCAS points. It is a stand-alone qualification for which you receive credits.
There are three parts to the process of application. Firstly, you will be invited in for the initial assessments. This consists of two tests lasting twenty minutes. If you achieve the score required by the department to be considered for a place, then the next step is to be invited in for interview.
Lastly, if successful at the interview stage, you will be asked to come into college to participate in a two hour workshop. In this session, you will be monitored to see how you operate in a classroom environment. Importantly, it is also a chance for you to see if you would be happy learning with us.