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Access to Higher Education in Biology with Chemistry
Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

You will attend college four days a week between 9.30 and 3.30.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

The curriculum is structured so that core study skills units are delivered together with the cohorts of the other Access courses in the College and the specialist science units are delivered as individual groups by our Science tutors.  There are weekly tutorials where one to ones take place and you set own targets for development of specific skills and knowledge, including completion of the UCAS process. Your learning is further supported by Google Classrooms where all resources, assignments and schemes of work are uploaded for you to use.

Course Content

As well as the core study skills units, this course has been designed to offer 21 credits in Biology and 18 credits in Chemistry so that you have a good foundation in both subject areas enabling applications to a wide range of biology/chemistry related degrees.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Cell Biology
  • Inheritance, Evolution and Ecology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Carbon Chemistry
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • The Nervous System
  • Pathogens and Disease
  • Applied Science
  • Exploring Science
  • Maths for Science Number and Algebra
  • English and Maths
    If you are aged under 19 and if you do not hold a GCSE grade C or higher in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards these qualifications.
    Specialist Facilities
    Laboratory facilities and a wide variety of equipment are used to give experience in both biology and chemistry practical work.
    Entry Requirements

    You should have a minimum of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. You will also be invited for an Advice & Guidance interview with the tutor.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements, we would advise you to consider enrolling on our Pre-Access to Higher Education course and GCSE English and Maths 

    This course is assessed in a variety of ways with assignments including: presentations, discussions, tests, projects, practical work, problem solving exercises, essays, scientific reports, diagrams and interviews.
    What does this course lead to?

    This course can lead on to a range of University degree courses, for example:

    • BSc Nutrition
    • BSc Biochemistry
    • BSc Biological Sciences
    • BSc Microbiology
    • BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation
    • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practitioner
    • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
    • BSc  Ecology
    • BSc Health Sciences

    Equipment Required

    You will need to bring your own stationery items (pens, paper, folders etc). Your own USB/memory stick would also be helpful for saving work.

    Additional Costs
    Contributions towards transport and entrance fees for trips and visits for example Natural History Museum and Science Museum, London
    Financial Information
    If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free.
    If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
    If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.

    Staged Payment
    A staged payment plan is available to help with course fees.
    Reduced Fees
    Fee concessions may be available if you are out of work, on low income or studying for your first Level 1 or Level 2 qualification.
    If you are unable to pay any of the course costs, or need financial assistance you may be eligible to receive a college bursary.
    For further details on fees and financial help please contact Student Welfare on 01256 306393.
    Travel Subsidy
    BCoT offers discount on travel to and from the college for full time students. We offer 50% discount on rail fares and if you are travelling by bus, we offer 25% off Zone 2 buses outside of Basingstoke. There is financial assistance available for those families on a low income.