Find out more about the courses and levels offered at City and Islington College
If you would like to study Medicine, Dentistry or a Medical related degree at university, but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE course could be for you.
This is the new qualification recently recognised by QAA as the only recognised route to medical school but is also accepted on other medical related degrees.
Julie Mizon, Access Manager, QAA, said: 'What we’ve done, with the help of the Medical Schools Council and medical schools themselves, is to develop a national framework that better prepares Access to HE students for a medical degree and career.
'The new framework will give medical schools greater confidence in recruiting students with an Access to HE Diploma in Medicine, and that means better access to the profession for adults and those without traditional qualifications. It’s an exciting step forward, and I can’t wait to see the impact it will have in the coming years.'
Each year, over 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university; if you go onto complete a relevant degree at university, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off by Student Finance England.
This course will help you get the qualifications you need to study medicine, dentistry or a medical related degree at university.
You will learn study skills such as note taking, essay writing, reading and research, preparation for exams and professional behaviours.
You will also have a personal tutor who will support you during the year and who will advise you on your applications to higher education institutions
For this Access to Medicine programme, we complete a total number of 60 credits:
45 credits from graded academic subject content units at Level 3
15 credits required from ungraded units at Level 3
Topics covered can include:
The course is taught as a Blended programme with both on-site and online learning. Typically, this will require you to attend College 3 days a week, each day is ~4.5 hours:
You will need:
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.
This course is assessed through coursework assignments, tests, and examinations throughout the course, which are set and marked by your teachers and externally moderated by OCN London. The science units are graded to pass, merit or distinction; you cannot resit units to achieve upgrades.
Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on a number of set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations, and tests.
Please be aware that the course is demanding, and it is expected that a similar number of hours of independent study per week is required to complete course work and revise for in-course exams.
If you will be aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
Once you have completed your Access to HE course, you can progress to a Higher Education degree at a university or college.
You should check requirements for specific degree courses - different Higher Education institutions may have different entry requirements for similar courses. We recommend that you check you have completed relevant work experience, such as work placements in clinics, surgeries, hospitals or residential homes etc. in preparation for your personal statement.