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Level Three
Please note the College course title is a suggested progression route, you must check with your preferred higher education institution to ensure that this course meets their entry requirements.   This course is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in speech and language, psychology, biopsychology, neuroscience, mental health nursing, crisis intervention, occupational therapy and educational psychology.   PLEASE NOTE: due to a national review of Access to HE courses, the detail above (course content and course name) is likely to change and is subject to 'apt' Award validation. Please check this website for regular updates.




Plymouth (Devon)
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Saltash Road, Keyham, PL2 2DP


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Course programme

Suggested progression routes: biopsychology, neuroscience, crisis intervention, biology, psychology.

Every effort is made to ensure that the units and credits offered are sufficient for progression routes onto higher education courses, however, specific courses at specific universities may have their own unique admissions requirements.

Please check that the amount of Access credits offered in each subject is relevant for your chosen university course. Once you have enrolled onto a specific Access course units are unable to be amended, so please ensure the course you have selected is appropriate to you. (Our staff are excellent in providing advice and guidance, however, individual university courses may have their own specific requirements - so please check.)

Please note City College Plymouth Foundation Degree courses have unique entry requirements for Access students. Please check with our Higher Education team.

Academic subjects may include:
• psychology
• biology
• maths.
Total credits - 45 at level 3.

Academic preparation skills units subjects may include:
• examination technique and practice
• English
• maths
• chemistry.
Total credits - 15 at level 2 or ungraded level 3.

Total 60 credits.

Placements, Voluntary Work and Paid Employment
It is essential that you are aware if your university course requires you to have prior experience before applications are made. Lack of work experience would not exclude you from completing the Access course, however it may impact on your application to university.

GCSE equivalences in maths, English and science are no longer part of the Access Diploma. It is up to you if wish to enrol on GCSEs alongside your diploma, if you do not currently hold a recent C+ qualification. Your chosen university may not require its applicants to have GCSE or may be happy with previously achieved qualifications, such as O Level, level 2, etc.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have clarified if enrolling on a GCSE is appropriate for you. If your university course does require you to study at GCSE level you could study alongside your Access Diploma, however you must understand the implications of not achieving your GCSEs. Although it does not affect your achievement of an Access Diploma it may compromise your place at university if you achieve the Access Diploma but do not achieve your GCSEs. Some universities encourage applicants to apply for university without GCSEs and complete equivalences between application and enrolment with the university (again, this is something you have to clarify).

Alternatively, you may wish to study your GCSEs the year before or after Access study. GCSE classes are held during the day and in the evening. You will have to apply as a separate course, as well as your Access course, if this is your preference. The national changes in GCSE requirements for mature students are unique to each HEI.


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