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    Hello everyone,

    I'm sorry if I have posted this in the wrong area, this is my first time using The Student Room.

    I am currently studying an Access to Higher Education Science Diploma and I had a few questions about applying for universities using my Diploma. I'm set on target to achieve distinctions in all of my assignments. I aim to get 15 distinction credits in Physics, 15 in Chemistry and 15 in Biology.

    My first question is will my chances be limited or will universities look down on me or choose not to proceed with my application if they see I am studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma, as opposed to standard A-Levels? I did study A-Levels 2 years ago but I was not very good and was not allowed to study subjects which I initially opted for, leaving me with some subjects I didn't enjoy all that much, which I basically 'half-arsed'.

    Secondly, what will be the accommodation situation if I was to get into one of my universities of choice? My main choice currently is the University of Manchester, my safer choice is Keele University which is more local to me so I wouldn't need accommodation there. However, if I was to secure a place at the University of Manchester, or a different university which I may choose to apply for, would I still be allowed accommodation in student halls if I was a bit older than other students? Admittedly I'm not much older, I would be 20 when I started my first year.

    Thirdly, does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the open days for all universities in the country? I thought I might be able to find one and if there was any more universities I might be interested in, I could drive there or catch a train from my local station and pay a visit.

    If you have any questions for me, that might help you answer mine, please feel free to ask me. Thank you.
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    Hello everyone,

    I'm sorry if I have posted this in the wrong area, this is my first time using The Student Room.

    I am currently studying an Access to Higher Education Science Diploma and I had a few questions about applying for universities using my Diploma. I'm set on target to achieve distinctions in all of my assignments. I aim to get 15 distinction credits in Physics, 15 in Chemistry and 15 in Biology.

    My first question is will my chances be limited or will universities look down on me or choose not to proceed with my application if they see I am studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma, as opposed to standard A-Levels? I did study A-Levels 2 years ago but I was not very good and was not allowed to study subjects which I initially opted for, leaving me with some subjects I didn't enjoy all that much, which I basically 'half-arsed'.

    Secondly, what will be the accommodation situation if I was to get into one of my universities of choice? My main choice currently is the University of Manchester, my safer choice is Keele University which is more local to me so I wouldn't need accommodation there. However, if I was to secure a place at the University of Manchester, or a different university which I may choose to apply for, would I still be allowed accommodation in student halls if I was a bit older than other students? Admittedly I'm not much older, I would be 20 when I started my first year.

    Thirdly, does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the open days for all universities in the country? I thought I might be able to find one and if there was any more universities I might be interested in, I could drive there or catch a train from my local station and pay a visit.

    If you have any questions for me, that might help you answer mine, please feel free to ask me. Thank you.
    You would need to check with each uni whether they would accept your qualifications. This might be on their website, or you might have to email them. Many unis will accept Access courses, but not all will and not for all subjects.

    You'll be fine for accommodation.

    TSR has an open day calendar but I'm not sure if all open days are listed or just the ones the unis have paid for.
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    What is it you want to study at uni?
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    What is it you want to study at uni?
    Hi there

    I wish to study Biomedical Sciences.
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    (Original post by Conzie)
    Hello everyone,

    I'm sorry if I have posted this in the wrong area, this is my first time using The Student Room.

    I am currently studying an Access to Higher Education Science Diploma and I had a few questions about applying for universities using my Diploma. I'm set on target to achieve distinctions in all of my assignments. I aim to get 15 distinction credits in Physics, 15 in Chemistry and 15 in Biology.

    My first question is will my chances be limited or will universities look down on me or choose not to proceed with my application if they see I am studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma, as opposed to standard A-Levels? I did study A-Levels 2 years ago but I was not very good and was not allowed to study subjects which I initially opted for, leaving me with some subjects I didn't enjoy all that much, which I basically 'half-arsed'.

    Secondly, what will be the accommodation situation if I was to get into one of my universities of choice? My main choice currently is the University of Manchester, my safer choice is Keele University which is more local to me so I wouldn't need accommodation there. However, if I was to secure a place at the University of Manchester, or a different university which I may choose to apply for, would I still be allowed accommodation in student halls if I was a bit older than other students? Admittedly I'm not much older, I would be 20 when I started my first year.

    Thirdly, does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the open days for all universities in the country? I thought I might be able to find one and if there was any more universities I might be interested in, I could drive there or catch a train from my local station and pay a visit.

    If you have any questions for me, that might help you answer mine, please feel free to ask me. Thank you.
    Manchester say this regarding Access to HE on their entry requirements page for Biomedical Science:

    'Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at level 3. The level 3 units must be made up of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction.

    'If an applicant is only able to take 12 credits at Level 3 in Biology we would accept the remaining 3 credits at Level 3 with Distinction in Chemistry, Physics or Maths.'

    So there is no reason for them to reject you solely on the basis of your qualifications.

    You need to check the other unis in which you are interested, as advised above.

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    (Original post by Conzie)
    Hello everyone,

    I'm sorry if I have posted this in the wrong area, this is my first time using The Student Room.

    I am currently studying an Access to Higher Education Science Diploma and I had a few questions about applying for universities using my Diploma. I'm set on target to achieve distinctions in all of my assignments. I aim to get 15 distinction credits in Physics, 15 in Chemistry and 15 in Biology.

    My first question is will my chances be limited or will universities look down on me or choose not to proceed with my application if they see I am studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma, as opposed to standard A-Levels? I did study A-Levels 2 years ago but I was not very good and was not allowed to study subjects which I initially opted for, leaving me with some subjects I didn't enjoy all that much, which I basically 'half-arsed'.

    Secondly, what will be the accommodation situation if I was to get into one of my universities of choice? My main choice currently is the University of Manchester, my safer choice is Keele University which is more local to me so I wouldn't need accommodation there. However, if I was to secure a place at the University of Manchester, or a different university which I may choose to apply for, would I still be allowed accommodation in student halls if I was a bit older than other students? Admittedly I'm not much older, I would be 20 when I started my first year.

    Thirdly, does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the open days for all universities in the country? I thought I might be able to find one and if there was any more universities I might be interested in, I could drive there or catch a train from my local station and pay a visit.

    If you have any questions for me, that might help you answer mine, please feel free to ask me. Thank you.

    Hi,
    How are you finding the course? Also what's the average age of everyone in your class? Good luck!
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    How are you finding the course? Also what's the average age of everyone in your class? Good luck!
    Hi there

    I’m finding it pretty good but it is a lot of work and requires a lot of time investment. I’d say the average age is about 30.
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    Hi! I'm thinking of doing an access course September 2018. I'm 22, currently doing a couple IGCSE's (didn't do them when I was younger...traveled abroad with my dad) I just wanted to ask prior to the start of the access course did u do any relevant work experience? also when exactly do u apply for the access, as in is there a specific window?
    Good luck with ur access course!
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    Hi! I'm thinking of doing an access course September 2018. I'm 22, currently doing a couple IGCSE's (didn't do them when I was younger...traveled abroad with my dad) I just wanted to ask prior to the start of the access course did u do any relevant work experience? also when exactly do u apply for the access, as in is there a specific window?
    Good luck with ur access course!
    Hi there

    Prior to starting my course I did no relevant work experience, I’m a letting agent currently and want to do biological research later in life, so no relevant experience but I definitely had some kind of experience.

    As for applying, application for my local university opened between July and September.

    Hope this helps.
 
 
 
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