Animal Conservation and Welfare

Introduction

Course Title: Access to Higher Education (Science)
Course Code: AC160

Department: Animal Conservation and Welfare
Course Type: Part Time



The Access to Higher Education Diploma is one of the key entry routes to degree level study in the UK for learners over 19 years. Adult learners with a key aim to gain entry to a Higher Education course but who have not studied to the required level to be considered for degree courses will need to complete an Access to HE Diploma.

Kingston Maurward is a Land-based college that offers foundation degrees in life and environmental sciences, and hence its Access to HE course reflects this.

The content of this course follows a purely science route in a broad range of subjects from biology, animal welfare, scientific method and statistical analysis. It also covers key areas for study skills development to prepare students for progression to university level such as research skills, presentation skills and examination preparation.

It is a full-time course requiring commitment from students with the fundamental aim of progressing to Higher Education. This course will be taught over 2 days with an additonial 1/2 days for GCSE English and Maths as necessary.

Overview

Qualification

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma

Course Content

Students must complete 45 credits of subject specialist units at Level 3 as follows:
Cell Biology, Physiological Processes, Homeostasis, Inheritance
Ecology, Plant Biology and Nutrient Cycling, Horticultural Science, Biogeography
Animal Behaviour and Welfare Physiology, Animal Health, Immunity and Disease
Parametric and Non-parametric Hypothesis Testing , Use of Statistics
Practical Science Project

Students must also complete 15 credits of Academic Preparation Skills as follows:
Introduction to Scientific Method, Academic Writing Skills, Developing Skills for Examinations
ICT Presentation Software, ICT Skills and Uses for Higher Education.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed for adult learners wishing to apply for Higher Education courses in the UK, but who do not have suitable qualifications for degree level entry (A Levels, Level 3 vocational awards). You will need to demonstrate you have English and Maths skills at Level 2 either through GCSE certificates at A*-C or Level 2 equivalents. However, there is an option to additional GCSE sessions for English and Maths to helpy you achieve the right level if needed.

Next Steps

UCAS application to science based Higher Education courses. Progression to a recognised Higher Education course in the UK will mean that the Student Loan Company will effectively remove your Advanced Learning Loan from your accout and you will carry no fees forward into your loans that cover your HE couse tuition fees. Further information is available form https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/further-information

Career Opportunities

The Access to HE course is designed for entry into Higher Education. This diploma will meet the entry requirements for HE courses at Kingston Maurward in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Marine Ecology and Conservation, Equine management, Countryside Management, Veterinary Nursing and Para-veterinary Studies. If will also meet entry requirements for other HE courses across the UK but students are advised to seek clarification on the exact requirements for any course they are considering applying for to ensure the units offered on this Access to HE course meet the requirements.