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 (vocational or academic.)
The course contains study units to develop skills as well as academically based study to prepare students for higher education. The course supports students through the UCAS application system for entry into higher education institutions throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.
These units aid students in preparation for higher education:
- Essential Access Study Skills
- Study Skills For Success
- Communication - Spoken & Written
- Numeracy For Health 1 & 2
- Anatmomy & Physiology
- Health Care
- Work Placement
- Research Proposal
- Research Project
- Oral Presentation
- Information Technology
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 of the academic year - however if this is not possible, arrangements for an in-class assessment can be made to enable the student to gain a place.
Students 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 education.
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. Students need to be reliable, honest, trustworthy, well motivated and have integrity.
Students should be mature applicants with clear evidence of life experience.
The course is assessed using examinations, essays, presentations, seminars, reports and in-class timed assessments. Students are expected to have work placement (minimum 30 hours approx for those who wish to apply for vocational training in radiography / paramedics / physiotherapy / audiology / speech therapy etc.)
The course is delivered using lectures, guest speakers, clinical demonstrations / observations as well as informal question and answer sessions to support students with their progress.
The course has 12 hours a week of study over two twilight sessions from 2pm till 9pm, half hour of each evening is given to tutorial time to support learners in UCAS application, interview techniques and pastoral care.
Students will be able to progress to university from this course to study: audiology, radiography, paramedics, speech therapy, podiatry, paramedics, cardiology, degrees in medical sciences etc.
Many students however do gain employment from this programme, for example laboratory work or health care assistant role within local 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 HE institutions throughout West Wales to meet the admission teams with a small cost to cover travel.