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Access to HE Diploma (Science)

Full-Time Study Programme

  • Overview of the course

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    This is a one year, full time course that will help you achieve the qualification you need to gain entry to a degree course at university in subjects such as pharmacy, paramedic science, medical technician, operating department practitioner, orthotics operative, ophthalmology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiotherapy, and many more.
  • What you'll learn

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    In order to gain your Diploma you will study the following academic modules:

    - Biology
    - Physics
    - Chemistry

    Within these modules will be a variety of units, ranging from Organisation of the Body, Analytical Chemistry, and Physics of the Senses. In addition, you will study a selection of developmental skills units that underpin the research, essay writing, study and critical skills required for this course, and that will support your future academic studies at university.

  • Entry requirements

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    You will need English and maths GCSE at a grade C or above, or be working towards these, and may need additional GCSEs if they are required for entry to your chosen university course. You are advised to investigate potential university progression routes to establish specific entry requirements they may require.

    All applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance on the course, and this is a two-stage process. You will be asked to complete a written assessment during the first part of the interview, which assesses your academic reading and writing ability to ensure you are at a level suitable for study at level 3. You will then be invited for a 1-to-1 interview with a course tutor to establish the suitability of the Science pathway for your intended progression route.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, presentations, timed assignments and workbooks. Although there is no formal examination, you are expected to work on assignments in your own time as part of directed study.

    All Learners will complete an Individual Learning Plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Please be aware that this course is highly demanding, both academically and in terms of demands on your time. You will have 5 taught sessions per week equating to approx. 10 hours of contact time in college. In addition, you will be expected to participate in independent study to prepare for future lessons and assignments, and it is advisable that you also have in place suitable vocationally specific workplace experience as this will enhance your university application.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • Future opportunities

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    Many of our learners progress to undergraduate degrees at local and national universities in science subjects, for example single honours degrees in biology, physics or chemistry.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services.
    These include:
    - FREE travel
    - FREE breakfast
    - Dedicated Learning Development Mentors
    - Impartial advice and guidance
    - Dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs
    - Support with the cost of College

    plus much more.
  • Enrichment

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    We want to give you a positive experience at College
    and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be
    working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities including:
    • Investigations into the field of Astronomy
    • Trips to science museums
    • Visits and tours of local university science facilities
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development. You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work. You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering
    opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you're a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to
    complement your study programme experience.

    The College recognises the need to reward your hard work, dedication and achievement as well as good attendance and punctuality.

    The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre is now part of the University Of Bolton Group and students can undertake a range of activities including kayaking, canoeing, archery and much more; if you work hard, there's a good chance you could enjoy these activities too.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts. Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity toapply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’. Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Click the 'Apply' button to download a presentation. At the end of the presentation you will need to click on the link to complete an application and assessment.
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
  • Start Date:

    14/09/2020

  • End Date:

    02/07/2021

  • Time:

    09:30 - 16:30
    11.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    35 weeks

  • Venue:

    Bolton University

  • Course Code:

    AH158-YP01