The design of this Diploma has been drawn from existing successful Access to Science Diplomas and with consultation with HEI colleagues.
The current Gateway Qualifications Access to HE Science provision covers 10 differing science routes, all of which are different and diverse in approach. From analysis of the LEP priorities and HE science progression routes, it became clear that science is being prioritised along technology and bioscience routes. This Diploma offers a standardised approach to the Bioscience route.
HEI colleagues expressed the need for Science for Bioscience to be inclusive of primarily biology related academic content. In doing this the content straddles a range of biology perspectives. The focus is not only human biology, but also includes medical, chemical and environmental/ecosystems biological perspectives.
Why choose this qualification?
This Diploma will prepare learners for the demands of study at university or in some other form of training or employment within the bioscience, and pharmaceutical sectors, environmental science and conservations studies.
Students must achieve 39 credits from this group.
Genetics and Evolution
Introduction to Human Biology
Mathematics For Scientists
Physical Science - Environmental Health and Medical Physics
Students must achieve 15 credits from this group.
Academic Reading Skills
Academic Writing Skills
Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information
Communication - Speaking and Listening
Optimising Examination Performance
Practical Science Skills
Preparation for Higher Education
Presenting Information Using ICT
Professional Interpersonal Skills
Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience
References and Reliability of Sources
Self Assessment and Personal Tutorial
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Additional funding information for Access to HE
- Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
- Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
- Access to HE Diplomas are designed for adult learners aged 19+ and the ESFA only funds young people on these programmes by exception, as stated in paragraph 149, page 39 of the Funding guidance for young people 2020 to 2021.
We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.