Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma course has completely transformed the lives of thousands of adults. If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification, here is an opportunity to return to study and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The aim of the course is to provide you with a route into higher education at university or college. Hundreds of former students have gone on to higher education courses at both our own University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere, showing that the course is successfully preparing students for the next stage in their education.

The qualification is a full-time course equivalent of two to three A Levels and takes one year to complete.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

Engineering Science

This subject aims to address a wide variety of engineering topics. Studies will include the basics concepts of engineering, you will learn and develop an understanding of the two branches of engineering mechanics, statics and dynamics. In statics, you will study the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies. In dynamics, you will learn the concepts of kinematics (vectors and motion) and kinetics (Newtonian mechanics, work, energy and power).

Chemistry

This subject aims to provide knowledge and understanding of chemistry to complement biology and provide an adequate foundation for the study of biology, environmental studies, paramedical courses and nursing at university.

The course covers the atomic structure and fundamental concepts, MOLES, bonding, REDOX, metals and metal compounds, acids and bases, organic chemistry, thermochemistry and equilibrium. No prior knowledge is assumed.

Physics

This is a fundamental and challenging science. Its study is crucial in understanding our world from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. Physics is the basis for many sciences, including Chemistry, Astronomy, Environmental Studies, Biology and Medical Sciences.

The Access course covers in unit one: Basic Mechanics, the basics of the kinetic theory of gases and the wave theory.

Unit two is research projected comprising two distinct tasks: the planning and the conducting of experimental work in Physics. The final module covers fundamental theories in electricity and electromagnetism, such as Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s law and Coulomb’s law. Physics is useful for students wanting to study Engineering and Natural Science.

Maths

Your studies will complement your academic studies. The main areas covered are algebra, number systems, geometry and basic trigonometry.

Study Skills
The study skills short course is worth three credits and must be successfully completed as part of both Access Diploma options. 

Tutorial
Students are required to attend a weekly tutorial as part of their Access Diploma programme. The tutorial is used to help students with UCAS applications and provides support throughout the course.
 

What training will be provided?

Within this course you will cover a range of disciplines such as:

Basic concepts, mechanics, conversion of work, electrical engineering, motion, changes of state, properties of materials and their relevance to products, and pressure and flow of fluids in dynamic and static cases.

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Progression

What Next?

After successfully completing the diploma you will be prepared for studying a university-level (higher education) course at university or college. 

This diploma is suitable for you if you are pursuing a career in the areas below (after graduating from a relevant higher education course):

  • CAD technician
  • Design engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Technical sales engineer
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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

This course is designed for mature students, aged 19 or over, who have had sufficient life or work experience between leaving school and starting the diploma. 

To make sure this is the right course for you, acceptance onto the diploma is based on aptitude and commitment following an interview and assessment.

You will need GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. 

It is also strongly advised that you contact the university or teaching institution, you wish to attend after completion of this course and check what their exact GCSE requirements are for your chosen degree. Every university admission policy is different so its worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs. 

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