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Hello,

I am returning to college in September and wondering how many notebooks do you think I will need for my course

Course: Access to Health Science (Higher Education)

And does anyone know if will need to get text books,

I am looking at getting sorted early due to costs.

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You won't really need any specialist items, maybe some A-level text books could be alright for you. But by far the best for me was the Dummies guide series of books. I spent around £50 in total, got dummies guide to chemistry, biology, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, and organic chem. Everything else was pretty much sourced via the internet (Chemguide and Khan Academy are great resources). In terms of notepads I had 2 A4 notepads, barely made a dent in them, our tutors were great with notes and power points, etc. I did access science bio + chem, overall not too dissimilar to the health science course I don't think.
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I used a A4 notepad, pen, coloured pencils, highlighters and page markers. We had to provide lever arch folders for our portfolios along with dividers. They will tell you what you need on your first day. Just take a small notepad and pen on your first day!
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Don't forget a scientific calculator as well. You don't need one of those posh stats ones though. I think whether you buy books depends on the college you attend. I personally tend to buy as I need, paper is cheap, unless you're one of those people who insists on writing in expensive pads. I write my notes and put them in a ringbinder.
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Just a notepad and pens for when you start, the college will give you suggested books to hire etc.
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Also colleges often use software such as Athens where you can reference books from them online etc!!
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cool thanks all, will just wait and see
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You will mainly be doing biology and psychology assignments. So a AS and A2 level biology and psychology books are a good idea.
Amazon tend to do the CGP books second hand quite cheap.

I recommend reading up on basic cell structure for biology though.

Highlighters are also good for note taking.

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Ok thanks I will have a look at some of those books and maybe get now and begin learning yeh highlighters is at the top of my list
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Does it matter which board book I buy for like AQA Edxcel WJEC etc
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Does it matter which board book I buy for like AQA Edxcel WJEC etc
No it doesn't really matter. If there's something you can't find in your own books (quite rare with AS/A2 books), you can just borrow it from your library or you Google it or a website like Khan academy.

The books come in handy for referencing, usually you need five sources for each assignment (including websites)

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Are you applying to university this sept?
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(Original post by // sandals)
Are you applying to university this sept?
no college this september to do access course, then university the year after
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no college this september to do access course, then university the year after

If you intend to apply to uni this September (to start next year) then I would suggest to draft up your personal statement.

when I started my access course we spent 2 months of study skills lessons going though ucas, application, personal statements etc .. and if yours is already drafted up then it means you can use that time to concentrate on your actual access subjects/assignments.
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ok, thanks will have a look at getting it started recently
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These are the books that I have found so far

AS -Biology - http://www.amazon.co.uk/AS-Level-Bio...=9781847627872

A2 Biology - http://www.amazon.co.uk/A2-Level-Bio...=9781847627889

AS - Pyschology - http://www.amazon.co.uk/AS-Level-Psy...=9781847627957

A2 Pyschology - http://www.amazon.co.uk/A2-Level-Psy...=9781847627964
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Yes they're fine, don't buy them brand new, if you scroll down a bit and click on 'used' (under the main price) you can pay as low as £4.20ish.

I used these older versions (they all have a similar cover), they're only 1p second hand! and you only have to pay around £3 postage.

AS biology - http://www.amazon.co.uk/AS-Level-Bio...QRTCR44RMWH36F

AS psychology - http://www.amazon.co.uk/AS-Level-Psy...+as+psychology
The A2 versions of these books appear to be of a similar price to the newer ones at the moment, I think they sell them cheaper once exams finish.
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Yes they're fine, don't buy them brand new, if you scroll down a bit and click on 'used' (under the main price) you can pay as low as £4.20ish.

I used these older versions (they all have a similar cover), they're only 1p second hand! and you only have to pay around £3 postage.

AS biology - http://www.amazon.co.uk/AS-Level-Bio...QRTCR44RMWH36F

AS psychology - http://www.amazon.co.uk/AS-Level-Psy...+as+psychology
The A2 versions of these books appear to be of a similar price to the newer ones at the moment, I think they sell them cheaper once exams finish.
yeh i am going to write the ISBN down and see where i can find them cheaper. The ones you linked are revision guides i listed full work books
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I purchased this book for biology. . Was handy as it was small and easy to carry around

Ann baggaley human body .. its a blue book with human body on the front .. if you go to amazon you can buy second hand ones for £2
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I thought the covers looked different!
But yeah, the ones I found were also very helpful for me, you can also use them as a reference for work. And for 1p, I recommend you might as well lol.

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