Access to HE Diploma (Science) – MHCP Science pathway - online for Adults

Course Code: Q250365b

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    Access to Higher Education

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  • Adult fee:

    £3,234 + £150 registration fee

Natural science involves any aspect of science related to the physical world. Those who choose to enrol on the Access to HE Diploma (Science) – Natural Science Pathway, will study modules in chemistry, biology and physics. As they do this, they will build up a foundation of knowledge, which will prepare them for the demands of studying science at university. Given that this pathway delves into numerous areas of science, it is perfect for those who have not decided which area they would like to specialise in for their degree.

The course is made up of 19 units:

  • preparing to study
  • academic writing skills
  • preparing a written assignment
  • cell biology
  • atomic structure
  • cell division & heredity
  • electromagnetic spectrum
  • periodic table
  • human immunity
  • radioactivity
  • the human endocrine & nervous system
  • atomic structure & bonding
  • medical physics
  • human disease and prevention
  • hydrocarbons
  • optics & sound
  • the human muscular and skeletal system
  • chemical change.

If you're a UK resident aged 19 or over then you may have pay your own fees but you can apply for the government backed Advanced Learner Loan. This will be paid back in monthly instalments but the payments only begin once you've finished the Access to HE diploma and are earning over over a certain amount - please check here for up-to-date details.

Ideally, once you've finished the Access to HE diploma you'll then go on to complete a higher education (HE) qualification, such as a degree course. The outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will then be written off.

We understand the time constraints of home and work life, our students don’t have to wait until September to enrol on a course and start studying. You can start your studies with us as soon as you enrol. Additionally, to save you even more time, there will be no classes to attend. Your entire qualification can be completed from the comfort of your own home, as and when you like.

At the end of your completed course, you will have a varied choice of careers or progression opportunities.

This programme is suitable for adult returners to learning or those with few or no traditional qualifications to help you prepare for higher education and university.

You will achieve the QAA Approved Access certificate, which is validated by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group, is a recognised entry qualification to universities and colleges across the United Kingdom.

You are required to have a GCSE in maths and English at grade C/4 or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English.

Diplomas are designed to contain carefully selected units that universities like their future students to have mastered. On completion of each home study unit, students will be required to complete an assignment and submit it for assessment. The tutor will then read and grade the assignment and offer the student useful feedback as well as tips for improvement.

To earn an Access to HE diploma in natural science, students will need to earn a total of 60 credits. Out of this 60, 45 should be earned by completing graded units which are based on academic content. The other 15 credits will be taken from ungraded units. These modules are concerned with improving the student’s study practices.

You will study this course fully online. You will be supported by an online tutor.

Your Access to HE diploma and the way it is delivered within an innovative learning platform and is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher education degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply for thousands of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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