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Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences - Access to Higher Education Diploma

AS2232MT

Science students at City and Islington College

About the course

If you are a mature student (19+) with an interest in medicine or medically related sciences, this course could be for you. It's geared toward people with life experience and enthusiasm who want to enter Higher Education, but who don't yet have the formal qualifications necessary.

  • You must be a mature student (19+) at the start of the course, with more than 2 weeks work experience.
  • You are required to hold a GCSE English and maths, grade `C or above, or equivalent, on commencement of the course (this could be higher depending on your degree choice).
  • You do not need any formal qualifications in Science, but need to demonstrate an aptitude and strong interest in your chosen pathway.
  • Photo I.D. will be required at all stages of the application process.
  • Applicants who fulfil the above criteria will be invited to take a 1 hour computer-based assessment in communications and mathematics.
  • Following a successful outcome to the assessment, applicants will be invited for interview, and are expected to bring evidence of recent and relevant work experience, such as work placements in clinics, surgeries, hospitals or residential homes etc before starting the course.

International Students

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered
  • IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent

Medicine and Dentistry applicants need to have been out of education for more than 3 years.

  • You must take the UKCAT at an independent centre before starting the course, and have obtained a score of at least 630 , with a minimum of 550 in each section.
  • You will also need GCSE English and Maths, grade B or above, or equivalent. You are advised to check the entry criteria for the individual universities, as these vary and some may require grades higher than a 'B'. 

You will study modules in Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths, as well additional units in Study Skills. The science units are graded to pass, merit or distinction whilst the study skills units are ungraded. Students cannot resit units to achieve upgrades.

Assessment is both continuous throughout the course, and based on written examinations. You will achieve a diploma in 'Access to H.E. Medicine and Medical Biosciences'. The course is 'kite marked' and awarded by OCNL (Open College Network London). The course is fully approved by OCNL and QAA and follows their rules and guidelines.

Students have progressed to Higher Education courses in medicine, dentistry, radiography, optometry, nursing, pharmacology, biomedicine, biology, genetics, nutrition, dietetics, psychology, physiotherapy.

Hope Timson

Hope Timson

Hope Timson

Hope Timson

Studied: Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences - Access to Higher Education Diploma


Destination: Optometry, Manchester University

“I have enjoyed my experience here. The Access course has enabled me to have the opportunity to go to university to study Optometry, something which I didn’t think would be possible having not gained any A levels. The teachers and staff are so friendly and helpful which has helped me to feel comfortable returning to education. “

Course information

Start date
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10 September 2018

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
AS2140A18CS
Start date
10/09/18
End date
28/06/19
Duration
34
Centre
Applied Sciences
Unfunded
Tuition
£3384.00
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