The Access to Health Science course is a programme that prepares mature students or career changers for either the world of work or higher education, either vocational or academic. The course supports student through the UCAS application system for entry into higher education institutions throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.
With the demands of this Level 3 programme, and the need to achieve, students are expected to complete successfully the pre-access programme which is available from January until May. However, if this is not possible, arrangements for an in-class assessment can be made to enable the student to gain a place.
Students applying for the evening part-time provision must be able to word process, use email and have access to broadband - this is essential as all students are expected to fully utilise e-books and moodle to support their part-time fast-track programme.
Students will need to demonstrate on interview a genuine interest in people, a positive attitude, the need to do well and a commitment and enthusiasm for study. They need to be reliable, honest, trustworthy, well-motivated and have integrity. Students should be mature applicants with clear evidence of life experience.
The course contains study skill units to develop skills as well as academically based study to prepare students for higher education:
- Essential access study skills
- Study skills for success
- Communication - spoken and written
- Numeracy for health 1 and 2
- Anatomy and physiology
- Health care
- Work placement
- Research proposal
- Research project
- Oral presentation
- Information technology
Students will be able to progress to university from this course to study those interested in health to: audiology, radiography, paramedics, speech therapy, podiatry, paramedics, cardiology, degrees in medical sciences etc.
Many students, however, gain employment from this programme, for example, laboratory work and health care assistants in hospitals, etc.
Students, if not currently employed within the health field, will be expected to gain work experience suitable to the progression route they have chosen, Students are also given the opportunity to visit local higher education institutions throughout west Wales to meet the admission teams - this will involve a small cost to cover travel.