Science Access to Higher Education APT Level 3
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Additional Information - The new Access to Science course at Cornwall College Newquay will prepare you for entry to University level courses in life and environmental sciences. The course is designed to provide a broad pre - university level education in the Sciences and related areas but is particularly relevant to applicants wanting to progress to degrees in Biology, Zoology, Sports Science. Teaching will particularly relate to the college's own foundation degree offer in Animal Husbandry, Behaviour and Conservation Science. Units studied will include Ecology, Biology, Population & Resources, Human Movement, Waves, Energy, Practical Chemistry and Perspectives in Psychology. The course benefits from the college's links with Newquay Zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium as well as a staff team experienced in delivering at Further and Higher education level in these fields. Support in numerical disciplines, ICT and study skills is also provided as a core part of the programme.
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How is the course studied at this venue? - Attendance at the College is required three days per week for one year. Assessment is principally by assignment, although there are also timed tests and at least one extended piece of coursework.
Who is this course for?
Access courses are designed as a stepping stone to enable motivated, enthusiastic people to progress on to Higher Education. This is ideal for those who want to re-train or re-direct their lives into marine science, sustaniable construction, nursing, chemistry and many other science related university courses. There is a very high level of academic and personal support throughout the course, which can help if you need to combine study with part-time employment and family commitments.
How do you study?
You will study a range of units each having the potential to be awarded at level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) or at level 3 (equivalent to A level). Each unit is worth 3 credits. For successful completion of the access course you will need a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and 60 credits overall. Each unit at level 3 is awarded a pass, merit or distinction. The units that you will study will come from your core subject area; this can be found by clicking on the more info box. Along with your core subject units you will study a range of subjects that build and prepare you for academic study at university level. On many courses this could include GCSE equivalences in Math and English, Study Skills and ICT.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will take the form of coursework, presentations or in class assessments depending on the unit you are studying.
Help and support
We also support you through the university application process with tutorials. These are designed to offer guidance and support throughout the learning process.
We do however recommend checking the entry requirements for your course at your preferred university
All applicants will be invited to attend an Access Workshop where full course information is given and you will be expected to complete the Initial Assessment and a written exercise. You will also be given a questionnaire which needs to be returned before interview.
All applicants need to successfully complete Level 2 Literacy and Level 1 Numeracy Initial Assessments.
You will then be invited in on a separate date for a one to one interview for approximately 1/2 hour.
What will I be doing on the course?
You will study core skills units including: Career Planning, Research Skills, IT, Study Skills, Science, Maths or Advanced Maths. You will also be required to complete 2 units in main Science areas comprising of either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Sciences.
What can I do after the course?
A science-based Access course is a suitable entrance qualification for the many science-based degrees in Cornwall and throughout the country. It is also a recognised qualification that can help you gain entry into the workplace.
Several of our students have continued their studies at Cornwall College, selecting courses from within with our range of foundation degrees. These include programmes at our Newquay, St Austell and Camborne sites, Falmouth Marine School and Duchy College Stoke Climsland and Rosewarne.
For more info on foundation degrees available at Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School, just click on this link FdSc
Many of our foundation degrees have a third year “top up” to an honours degree.
Other destinations students have gone on to include Plymouth University, University College Marjon and University of Southampton.
* If you are aged 16 -19 courses are usually FREE, however, there are some exceptions e.g. Professional Accredited Courses, Microsoft Academy and some short courses. If you are over 19 you will be expected to pay a course fee, however, you may be eligible for FREE tuition if you are in receipt of certain benefits or it is the first qualification you are undertaking. If you would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, in relation to your own personal circumstances, please call Customer Enquiries on 0845 22 32 567.