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 complete the Access course in one academic year as a one-year or intensive student, starting in September or December (induction) and finishing the following June or July; alternatively, you can take the programme over two years. The one-year timetable is arranged over three days each week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. The Intensive course also includes Friday. The two-year course runs on Fridays. Classes are held between 9.30 am and 4.45 pm. Learning methods include lectures, classroom based learning, laboratory practicals, research using the internet, group work, discussion and individual written work. Lessons are planned to take the learning needs of each individual into account. Access is a demanding course. You will need to be able to put aside 12-15 hours a week for independent study (8-10 for the two-year course) in addition to the timetabled days in order to complete the assignment programme.
The units of study include:
English Maths Introduction to Sociology and Psychology Health Promotion Research Project (IAS) Health Studies. Cells Circulation & gaseous exchange Homeostasis Nutrition and digestion Reproduction and genetics Microbiology Psychology Sociology.
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 including discussing and reflecting on the values and skills required by nurses, midwives and other health professionals and link these to your own experience of practice. You will have the chance to practise diagnostic techniques using state of the art equipment and will develop the empathetic communication skills that health professionals need. Your research project will equip you to find and review the latest research in health care. We have visits from University and hospital staff and visits to Universities too. Former students visit us often to share their experience of University study and clinical practice. Our teachers are well-qualified in their fields and experienced in working with adult students. We supervise and support all aspects of the University application process. 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: Nursing, Midwifery and Paediatric Nursing. 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. Degree subjects taken by our Access students recently include: Nursing (Adult, Paediatric, Mental Health, Learning Disability), Midwifery, Operating Department Practitioner, Paramedic Science, Occupational Therapy, Dental Hygiene. If you are interested in Physiotherapy, Radiography and related degrees, Dietetics, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Veterinary Nursing or Biological Sciences or Dental Hygiene or Paramedic Science, then our Access to Science course may suit you better. You can apply directly for this course, or we can discuss your choice at interview.
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.