What opportunities will this course give me?
Do you want to change direction or need a science-based degree to achieve your dream career? An Access to University and Higher Education course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to apply for a university degree. If you have missed your chance to go to university, changed your career path or need a degree to progress, this course provides the solution. It covers essential theory as well as best practice study skills to prepare you for studying at this high level.
The rationale of this diploma course is to enable mature students to gain entrance to university to study any science-based degree. We have a strong track record with all of our access students taking up a place at university. Subjects studied are diverse and include biomedical science, biochemical science, nutrition, dietetics, marine biology, biology, chemistry, maths, physics and engineering.
What will I be learning?
Depending on your subject choices you will attend college for four half-day sessions spread across two days. You will study four subjects: biology, chemistry and either physics, maths, psychology or forensic science. The fourth subject is study skills, which includes an independent academic study unit.
In the autumn term you complete your UCAS application. Your personal tutor will guide you through this and support you in working on your personal statement. Offers of places at university are made via the UCAS system.
Note: subjects will run according to demand. We cannot guarantee to offer you your first choice of subject if demand is high; places in classes are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Why is this course for me?
This course gives students a second chance and an opportunity to delve into subjects that they are interested in so that they can progress on to studying at degree level.
It is designed for mature students who may have been out of education for some time. Students receive a high level of support and by the end of the course they will have progressed from level 2 learners to being university ready.
There will be lectures, class discussions, small group work and individual research and you will be expected to attend all sessions. Some subjects will involve practical work. Your study skills sessions will help you understand how to learn more efficiently and produce your work professionally.
How will my learning be enhanced?
All students are allocated a personal tutor to support them during the course and to advise on applications to higher education. Students receive personalised 1:1 reviews with their personal tutor on a weekly basis and we pride ourselves on the support we offer students. We have many comments from past students about how impressed they were with the level of support they received.
You will be assessed by a mixture of methods: coursework, projects, examinations, assessed practicals (in science). This also gives students practice in the types of assessment they will be completing at university.
All students complete a piece of independent academic research in an area specific to their chosen degree. This gives them an opportunity to develop research skills and produce a report in a relevant and current field of study.
In study skills students gain important knowledge in areas such as referencing, essay and report writing, giving presentations and critical thinking.
Why is Eastleigh College my best choice?
We have a 100% success rate, as all of our students progress to their chosen university to study degrees.
All our teachers are subject specialists and have years of teaching experience. We have excellent links with many local universities and offer application agreements with Winchester, Solent, Surrey and Bristol universities. We welcome guest speakers from universities including Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth and run expert-led sessions on a range of areas such as audiology and biomedical science. In addition, students have benefited from forensic days which provide our students with hands-on activities and expertise.
Students are taught in a variety of settings suited to the subjects they choose. The laboratories are set up with specialised equipment for the science subjects giving students a range of practical laboratory experience.
Eastleigh has excellent transport links with two train stations and a motorway on the doorstep.
What do I need to sign up?
You will need at least three GCSEs at grade 9-4/A*-C including English and Maths and Science, prior to starting your course. Entry is subject to an interview and completion of assessment tasks.
If you are planning to progress to a course that requires practical work it is important that you have appropriate work experience before applying to university in the autumn term. It is your responsibility to find out what is required and organise this.
The workload on this access course is high. You need to have completed five GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade 9-4/A*-C, prior to starting your course. You must bring evidence of your achievement when you start the course. You must also have a personal statement written before the start of the course. Entry is subject to an interview and completion of assessment tasks.
It is your responsibility to find out what is required for entry into university. It is very important that you have or have arranged relevant medical work experience before the start of the Access course. Liaise with the universities to ask what work experience would be relevant.
UCAT registration opens in June and ends in September and tests need to be booked before the end of September. The BMAT is only for a handful of universities in the UK, the university website will inform you if you need to sit a BMAT and when this should be. Registration dates vary but is usually during September. Check the BMAT website for details.
Is there anything else I need to know?
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Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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