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Health and Social Care Professions - Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma at Chichester College

Course description

This an intensive course which is intended to provide a qualification equivalent to A-level (level 3), recognised by universities sufficient for entry to related degree courses such as social work, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and paramedic science. The course has outstanding success rates, lecturers are positive and passionate to provide the best possible experience and support to all students. There are three subject areas, human physiology, psychology and sociology.

Course content

The course is made up of 60 credits (45 graded and 15 ungraded); 21 of these are in human physiology (all graded), 18 in psychology (15 graded), 12 in sociology (9 graded).Students will work on and develop their skills in: scientific enquiry, laboratory experiments, essay writing, preparing and giving presentations and in-class timed assessments. Units will include: in Physiology – ‘Biology for Health Professions’, ‘Body Movement’ and ‘Body System Coordination’; in Psychology – ‘Early Social Development’, ‘Conformity and Obedience’ and ‘Understanding Stress’; in Sociology – ‘Health Studies’, ‘Health Promotion’ and ‘Understanding Mental Health Difficulties’. You will complete the course with an Extended Project, a detailed investigation and report on a health-related subject of your choice from either physiology, psychology or sociology); this will include continuous support by a dedicated project mentor, and take place over 6 weeks between May and June 2016.

Entry requirements

You are required to have English and maths at grade A*-C.


You will be assessed using 1500-2000-word essays, 1500-2000-word
reports, group presentations, subject specific controlled assessments and
the creation of leaflets/posters. There is no end-of-course exam.

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website

Future opportunities

The Access to HE Diploma provides progression for those who have been
out of education onto degree level courses. Extensive support and
assistance will be given to enable you to complete your UCAS

Further information

Most importantly, you need to bring an open mind. You need an A4 lever
arch file with 4 dividers, computer access, Lab-coats (ordered through
the College) and Psychology/Sociology textbooks.
Teaching will take place in interactive classrooms by experienced subject
specialists. Group discussion and participation is encouraged as is
group work and peer support .We have science laboratories, where you
will carry out experiments with a biomedical researcher with a PhD in
molecular genetics.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chichester College directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016
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