Is this the course for you?
Are you already working in a medicine or medical bioscience-based role and are looking to up-skill? Do you have you past-experience of the medical sector and would like to return to education? Are you looking to increase your specialisation or change your study direction? Would you like to advance to Higher Education but are worried that your lack of qualifications is a barrier? If you answered yes to any of those questions, and are aged 19 or over, then we have the perfect course to help you achieve your goals.
The Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in Medicine & Medical Biosciences is a one-year qualification designed to give you a direct route into Higher Education. Whether that be to study for a Bachelors Degree, or Higher National Diploma, in a health-related subject.
There are two study pathways you can follow, each leading to specialisation in specific fields of medicine and bioscience. The pathways, and the areas they cover, are as follows:
- Pathway 1 - Biomedicine, biochemistry, forensic science, pharmacy, microbiology, paramedical science, dietetics.
- Pathway 2 - Medicine, dentistry, radiography, dental hygiene, optometry, veterinary science.
On this course you will develop your knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of a variety of medical sectors that your chosen pathway could open up to you in the future. You will study a number of topics essential to a career in your chosen field, and you will also gain applied knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, and maths.
More than just industry-specific learning, the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma will also teach you educational skills and study tools, in order to further help you in your progression to Higher Education and university. These skills include report writing, research skills, communication skills, arithmetic skills for health studies, using information technology, and examination skills designed to help you prepare for, and succeed in, exam situations.
Note: For this course you will need A Level books in chemistry and biology, a lab coat, stationary, scientific calculator, ruler, access to a computer and the internet.
What modules will you do?
You will study a mix of health-related topics and general study skills. These could include:
- Essay writing
- Arithmetic skills for health studies
- Finding and reading information
- Speaking and listening skills
What do you need to apply?
5 GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) at grade A*-C or 9-4, or equivalent Level 2 vocational qualification at merit/pass or above, or proven industry experience.
Additional information: Pathway 1: Requires GCSE English and maths at grade A-C or 9-5 (international students IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill, or equivalent overseas qualifications). Pathway 2: Requires GCSE English and maths at grade A-B or 9-6 (international students IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill, or equivalent overseas qualifications). Previous work experience in a relevant field is required, as well as a background in science or aptitude to study science.
How will you be assessed?
You will be assessed by a combination of practical assessments, coursework, project work, and examinations.
You will be required to take the UCAT (formerly UKCAT), an admissions text for UK health professionals, at an independent centre by the 2nd October. Students will need to achieve an average or above average score for each section to support their application to university.
Where can this course take you?
After successfully passing the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in Medicine & Medical Biosciences, you may wish to consider furthering your training with one of the following undergraduate programmes, available at London South Bank University (additional qualifications may be required):
- Bioscience BSc (Hons)
- Forensic Science BSc (Hons)
- Radiographic Studies BSc (Hons)
- Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)
- Therapeutic Radiography BSc (Hons)
- Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)