Is this course right for me?
Access to HE qualifications are for learners 19 and above, the access course focuses on learners having the opportunity to reach their highest aspirations and continue to study their chosen degree at University. The Access course is designed for learners returning to education - We value our learners.
Your Tutor will be on hand to support you throughout your course to develop your skills, prepare you for your next steps and help you to achieve your goals. You will need the motivation and commitment to complete the assignment programme and a real enthusiasm for science! It is important to be aware that some University courses in professional, health-related degrees will require a record of relevant working or voluntary experience in addition to the Access programme. We will discuss this requirement with you at interview.
The units of study include: English for academic purposes Biology Chemistry Physics Research skills and ethics in a subject of your choice Practical Laboratory Skills Level 3 Maths (this is optional)
There will be a course to prepare you for the University entrance tests in Mathematics. Unless you have GCSEs in Mathematics and English Grade A*-C you will also take a GCSE Maths or English course.
Your Access to HE course includes valuable additions to help you succeed!
You will have a regular 1:1 appointment with highly qualified and experienced professionals- Academic supervisors who will help you to manage your workload, give you valuable feedback and ensure that you meet College expectations.
English & Maths: You may not be sure whether these subjects are relevant to you, but good English and Maths skills will be vital to any career path and were here to support you in developing yours.
Detailed Guidance and progression sessions. Subject speciality Access to HE tutors. Careers Advice & Guidance is available throughout your time at CBC from our friendly, dedicated Advisors. They can provide you with a wide range of support including CV writing, UCAS applications, interview skills and much more.
What options are there after completing this course?
Upon completing your course, you have a great range of options available to help you continue your adventure.
Successful completion of an Access course means you can apply to study at Universities across the country through the UCAS scheme. Your University offer will be based on the number of Credits you achieve at Merit or Distinction. Degree subjects taken by our Access students recently include: Zoology, Marine Biology, Biology, Biological Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science, Occupational Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics, Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Medicine. The College has guaranteed interview arrangements with the University of Bedfordshire. Your University offer will be based on the number of Credits you achieve at Merit or Distinction.
Admission to the course is by interview and assessment; no formal qualifications are required. Once you have applied, you will be invited to an information, interview and assessment session during which English and Mathematics skills will be assessed. This is to ensure that you are working at around Level Two (GCSE Level) in English and Level One in Maths at the start of your course or higher. If we find that you still have some progress to make in English or Maths, then we will discuss our Introduction to Access Level 2 programmes with you at interview.
Coming to College is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to College and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.
There are very few additional course costs for learners beyond the fee. You will need basic stationery, and a good USB stick and a scientific calculator are useful. We have an excellent library and good IT facilities at college, so if you dont have access to the internet at home, you can complete your work in college. Remember, though, that this is a demanding course and you will need to factor in the costs such as travel, child care and, in some cases, loss of earnings or other income if you undertake a significant course of study. It may be that you qualify for financial support to help towards travel and other incidental costs, or help with the costs of child care. We will discuss this at interview.