Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Access to Higher Education Diploma - Health and Health Sciences Level 3

This course will help you pursue a career in health sciences and gain entry onto higher education.

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Key information

Course code: B0093Q Course type: Access to Higher Education Duration: 36 weeks Start date: September 2018 Timetable:Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths Grade C or above. End qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health and Health Sciences Level 3 Awarding body: Laser UCAS tariff: 45 Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £3384 Assessment: A mixture of essays, presentations and tests. Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims and areas

On this course you’ll develop your knowledge in a range of health science disciplines that will prepare you for entry into higher education.

As well learning about areas such as anatomy and biology, genetics, human physiology and chemistry, psychology you will also be provided with the ideal opportunity to improve your general academic skills.

The specialist subjects will provide you with a sound knowledge of biology and chemistry that will prepare you for the first year of any health related degree course.

In addition to your core subjects, you will also have the opportunity to choose a topic for study to produce an independent research project.

This access course also prepares you for higher education by increasing self confidence in your learning ability as well as developing the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills

Course Units

  • Cells
  • Genetics, Pathogens and Immunity
  • Body Movement
  • Digestion and Excretion
  • Body System Coordination
  • Understanding Epidemiology
  • Understanding Human Health and Disease
  • Chemistry for Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Enzymes
  • The Effects of Stress
  • Applied Stress Management
  • Extended Independent Academic Study (Science)
  • Maths for the Natural Sciences
  • A range of academic/study skill units

Why the MET?

This is a one year part time course with excellent preparation for university.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course Costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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How to apply

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What's Next?

Preparation for entry onto most health-related degree programmes at universities across the country.

This course is a recognised entry qualification to higher education into many roles allied to medicine, such as nursing, midwifery, paramedic practice, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and operating department practice.

The progression rate to university is very high with the majority of students securing their first choice.

What's Next?

  • Two specialised laboratories - chemistry and microbiology
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public

It is essential that you do some reading in preparation for your course so a starting point would be to look at GCSE and/or AS level science text books.

You should also be listening to and reading about current 'science' news stories. 

It is also essential to research courses and universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application which takes place in the first term. 

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    “Doing an Access Course is like being on a 10 looped roller makes you want to cry but in the end you're are so glad you've done it!”

    Toni-Marie Peach
  • student Views Annette Mably Health & Health Sciences

    “"With the support from my personal tutor, my lecturers and my sheer determination I managed to juggle it all smoothly and earn the grades I needed to follow my dream."”

    Annette Mably
  • student Views Rosie May Collof Watson Health & Health Sciences

    “"...the support we received was lifesaving. Phil, our tutor, could not have gone more out of his way to help us even if he'd tried."”

    Rosie May Collof Watson
  • student Views Uma Neupane Health & Health Sciences

    “My achievement is based on the tutors broad experience and dedication of teaching methods and illustrations through numerous practical lessons which contribute to understanding.”

    Uma Neupane
  • student Views Julia Maciel Health & Health Sciences

    “Going back to study at 33 yrs old was the best decision I have ever made!”

    Julia Maciel
  • student Views Sabina Jones Health & Health Sciences

    “With the excellent support of teachers and students it becomes one of the most rewarding experiences and will get you to where you want to be.”

    Sabina Jones
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