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?

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.

Human Physiology
This is aimed at those who wish, ultimately, to study in a related area or for those interested in the form and function of the human body. The course embodies basic scientific principles and the development of scientific methods in an individual investigation.

Coursework will test knowledge and understanding of biological facts, principles and the application of biological knowledge through communication of biological information and data.

Major topic areas include Cells and tissues, Human reproduction, Cardiac system, respiratory system, digestion, homoeostasis and genetics.

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.

Study Skills
This part of the course focuses on developing the practical skills you will use on a higher education course; including essay writing, referencing and effective note-taking.

Maths

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

Tutorial
You will receive all the help you need with university applications and study support in a weekly tutorial, which also gives you the chance to talk to your tutor about your academic progress and plans for university.
 

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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):

  • Biomedical Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiography
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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 an English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics C/4. 

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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