This one year intensive course is aimed at enabling mature students (19+) to progress to science and related degree programmes at university. To achieve this, you must have 60 credits, of which 45 are from level 3 units. (The remaining 15 can be from level 2 units.)
You must be aged 19 or over. You need GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C, or functional skills English and maths at level 2 plus a substantial Level 2 qualification in a related subject at merit grade. It is 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.
Students will be expected to carry out preparatory reading before each lesson and also complete homework. This course requires a high level of commitment.
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Assignment tasks, time constrained exams, class work, group work, discussions, timed exams presentations and essays.
Aims of the course
To prepare you for study on a science degree programme, providing modules that widen your knowledge and experience of science in Higher Education.
You may choose to study a degree or foundation degree, or pursue further study in science or a related programme such as physiotherapy, radiography, marine biology, nutrition & dietetics, biomedical science, physics, aerospace engineering, chemistry or forensic science. The majority of universities require students to have a GCSE (graded A* to C) or equivalent in maths and English, in addition to a level 3 qualification. They may also require a certain grade profile for the access course.
Classrooms, learning resource centre and practical laboratory.
Careers, following further study, in a wide range of areas including physiotherapy, radiography, marine biology, nutrition & dietetics, biomedical science, physics, aerospace engineering, chemistry, forensic science
What can I earn in the science industry? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. Having earned a vocational qualification in science, you'll be starting on a fascinating and fulfilling career path with lots of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights. For example: Laboratory technicians start on around £15,000 a year and can earn £22,000 with 3-5 years' experience Biochemists start on around £27,000 a year and can earn £41,000 with 3-5 years' experience Engineers start on around £25,000 a year and can earn £39,000 with 3-5 years' experience