The design of this programme 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 proposed Diploma will create a standardised approach to the Technology route.
HEI colleagues expressed the need for Science for Technology to be inclusive of chemistry and physics related academic content. In doing this the content straddles a range of physics and chemistry perspectives, including quantitative chemistry, organic chemistry, heat and energy, forces, nuclear physics. It is hoped that this focused science pathway will increase opportunity to enter focused science degree pathways. Historically this has been difficult in some areas with a very generalist science qualification.
This pathway also includes some higher maths
Why choose this qualification?
Following successful completion of this Diploma, learners will be able to progress to University to study a range of technology and science pathways, including science and ICT, science with computing, engineering, and science studies.
Students must achieve all credits from this group.
Application of Nuclear Physics
Chemical Basics and Atomic Structure
Heat, Electricity and Magnetism
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Numerical Techniques for Science
Physics Fundamentals: Practical
Physics Fundamentals: Theory
Physics: Forces and Energy
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
Computer Data Protection
Mathematics for Science
Optimising Examination Performance
Practical Science Skills
Preparation for Higher Education
Presenting Information Using ICT
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.
The following support materials will help you to deliver this qualification.
Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.
The assignment briefs can be easily adapted to suit your needs. We recommend checking the rules of combination for the Diploma and adapting the brief accordingly.
To provide a flavour of what’s available, you can download the below samples for free:
- Assignment Brief – Preparation for Higher Education – QU007638
- Assignment Brief – Safeguarding Children Young People and-or Vulnerable Adults – QU025409