Location: Clifden, Twickenham
Price: £1600.00 (£0.00 concessionary fee, £5030.00 non-EU)
Start Date: 10/09/2012
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Weekdays/Time: Mon, Tue, Wed (09:30 to 15:30)
Number of Weeks: 36
Tutor Approval Required? Yes – You will be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task. You will also need a successful interview with the tutor before you are accepted on to the course. Please complete the application form to express an interest in the course. For further information or enquiries please contact 020 8843 7921.
You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to progress on to Higher Education degree courses including physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, sports science, sports rehabilitation, podiatry, physiology, radiography and midwifery.
In order to enrol onto this course you need to have established skills at SfL Level 1 Maths and SfL Level 2 English as a minimum. It would be preferable if you have GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or above, as many universities are asking for this as a minimum entry requirement.
You will be asked to complete a free writing exercise at interview to assess your level of writing. In order to enrol on this course you will have to complete a successful interview.
You will be required to write reasonably fluently in English and you should be prepared to read and study at home. You should also be competent with using microsoft word and the internet.
Access courses are designed for 19 plus learners and this is an LSC requirement for funding. We do take under 19s if the interview and selection process shows that this is the right course for their ability and career/learning goal (e.g. getting to HE) and that they understand the rigour of the programme.
Your course will consist of four main modules and a core module, all of which include communication skill in their content. These are listed below:
Psychology and Study Skills
Psychology of Health
Perspectives in psychology
Health and Nutrition
Nutrition and health
Introduction to Chemistry
Energy and the environment
Basic Arithmetic Skills
Additional units for nursing and midwifery pathway
The role of the health or social care professional
The National Health Service
Health and Care professions
Additional units for physiotherapy pathway
Your assessment is continuous throughout the year. Assessment will be by essays, written reports, exams, presentations and portfolio. You must keep to deadlines for these assessments, or this may impact on your grade
Please be aware that there is a significant level of commitment required of you in order to successfully complete this course. If you are willing to commit to the course and the college in this way then we will support you through the course.
You will be expected to do a minimum average of 12 to 15 hours of homework per week. Please be aware that this may vary throughout the year, and at some times you may need to spend more time studying than others.
You should be aware that the college does not have laboratory facilities. Hence this course is for the most part theoretical with limited experimental.
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You should bring along an A4 writing pad as well as a selection of pens. We recommend that you also have a scientific calculator. You need to bring these resources with you to each session unless directed by the tutor.
You attendance is required at each and every session. If you are unable to attend any one session then you are asked to notify the tutor in advance so that they can liaise with you on the work and topics which will be covered during that session. We must stress though that attendance at every session is important for you as a learner and for your tutor as well as your class mates as it ensures continuity in the teaching and consequently in your learning.
You may progress on to Higher Education degree courses including physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, sports science, sports rehabilitation, podiatry, physiology, radiography and midwifery.
You will need to meet with a course tutor to make sure the course is right for you. Please complete an Application Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Information, Advice and Guidance team (IAG team) will contact you to arrange an interview.
“How much homework will I need to do outside of class?”
You should allow at least a minimum average of 12 to 15 hours per week outside of class time to concentrate on homework. This will include research and preparing assignments. This course is continuous. What this means for you is that each week the tutor will progress through the material which comprises the syllabus. Because of the demands of the course, there is limited time for the tutor to spend on each topic. Hence s/he will keep moving forward. This is why it is important for you as a learner to keep up with the homework and to work as a pro-active learner in the classroom; contributing in a positive and constructive manner and asking questions when you are unsure. Your tutor will collect, mark and return your homework to you with comments to help and guide you with your study.
“What will happen if I miss a class?”
You should endeavour to attend all sessions. However, if you are unable to attend the tutor will keep all handouts for you. We will also encourage you at the start of the course to work with another learner and ask him/her to be a study buddy; someone in particular whose notes you can copy on your return and who will collect materials from the tutor for you when you are absent.
“When will the exams take place?”
The examinations take place during your normal class time, as set by the tutor. You will be informed of exam dates at the start of the class. You must attend exams and presentation on dates set by the tutor.
“Do I need any special equipment?
Yes. You will need to purchase a Scientific calculator – preferably one of the Casio FX series which will cost in the region of c£8.00 – though if you already have a Scientific calculator, it should suffice for the course. Please discuss this with your tutor.
“Is there any tutorial support?”
Yes – there is a weekly tutorial, but this is not subject specific. The tutorial will focus on administrative issues. Outside of your class time however, contact time with the tutor is minimal. Material will be uploaded onto the MOODLE platform to help and support you through the course You are expected to avail of this service and communication with the tutor and other learners through this forum. This will be discussed with you at the start of your course. Access to a computer outside of class time would be an advantage.
“Do I need GCSE Maths and English at grade C or higher to enrol on this course?”
Not necessarily. If you meet the entry requirements, you do not need to have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above. However you should be aware that many universities ware stipulating that all students should have these qualifications. If you do not have them, you should check with the universities of your choice before enrolling on this course, as it may reduce your chance of securing a university place.
If you do not have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above and would like to take those courses we would ask you to read the relevant Course descriptor in the first instance which is available on the college website. From that information sheet you should be able to glean information about the entry criteria and how to enrol. By enrolling onto a GCSE Maths or English course you should be able to improve your skills and knowledge and have the confidence to successfully apply for a place on the Access course the following year.
“Will I be able to apply for a psychology degree with this course?”
It depends. Some universities accept Access to Health and Human Science as entry for a psychology degree, and some do not. It is recommended that you check with the universities of your choice before enrolling on this course. Many universities require GCSE Maths and English Equivalence – this course does not include this. So if you do not have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, this course is not suitable for you. However Access to Social Work may be. We would ask you to read the Access to Social Work course descriptor in the first instance which is available on the college website. From that information sheet you should be able to glean information about the entry criteria and how to enrol.
“What if I do not meet the entry criteria because my Numeracy or Literacy skills are too weak?”
We would ask you to read the Skills for Life (SfL) Numeracy or Literacy Course descriptor in the first instance which is available on the college website. From that information sheet you should be able to glean information about the entry criteria for a Level 1 or Level 2 Numeracy or Literacy course and how to enrol. By enrolling onto a Numeracy or Literacy course you should be able to improve your basic skills and knowledge and have the confidence to successfully apply for a place on the GCSE course the following year.
“Will get help with my UCAS application”
Yes, the Initial Advice and Guidance team will help you with your application.
“Will I be taught any IT on the course
You can enrol online, over the phone or in person at either site
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