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I am a 29 year old who left school at the age of 16 and I want to start studying again.

Im looking at courses to do with zoology/animal conservation/animal welfare.

I have to do an access to HE course for one year but i cannot find any help on what i should choose that relates to this course except maybe Biology and general sciences.
There was one course that was related but it is in cornwall and i cannot move there from London.

Can anyone help me with some advise or give me the details of a school etc to get in contact with as i have no idea about the university system what so ever now.

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A standard access to he in science should be fine.
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I am a 29 year old who left school at the age of 16 and I want to start studying again.

Im looking at courses to do with zoology/animal conservation/animal welfare.

I have to do an access to HE course for one year but i cannot find any help on what i should choose that relates to this course except maybe Biology and general sciences.
There was one course that was related but it is in cornwall and i cannot move there from London.

Can anyone help me with some advise or give me the details of a school etc to get in contact with as i have no idea about the university system what so ever now.

Thanks
Yes you need to do an Access in Science.

https://www.ocnlondon.org.uk/Access-...ourses/Science
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I am a 29 year old who left school at the age of 16 and I want to start studying again.

Im looking at courses to do with zoology/animal conservation/animal welfare.

I have to do an access to HE course for one year but i cannot find any help on what i should choose that relates to this course except maybe Biology and general sciences.
There was one course that was related but it is in cornwall and i cannot move there from London.

Can anyone help me with some advise or give me the details of a school etc to get in contact with as i have no idea about the university system what so ever now.

Thanks
Most colleges will offer access to science courses. Here is one at Ealing and Hammersmith College
https://www.wlc.ac.uk/courses/finder?course_subject_id[70]=true

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Biomedical Sciences)

Starts 07 September 2020

F/T (>29 weeks)

Ends 02 July 2021

Level 3
Ealing

This course is for you if you are an adult who wants to progress to a degree programme in Biology or Chemistry, or a related area such as Biomedical Sciences or Pharmacology, but do not currently have the necessary qualifications. Successful students could also progress to degrees in Pharmacy or Midwifery. You will need maturity and commitment to succeed on this course. All applications to Higher Education Courses must be made through UCAS, however please ring us for advice on this process and we will support you with your application.On the course learners will be required to complete units in the following modules:- Specialist units in: Biology Chemistry Mathematics Study Skills in: English language Academic Skills Entry RequirementsThe Access to HE Diploma is an alternative route to higher education (HE) degree programmes. Please note that as part of the entry criteria, many universities will require English and Maths GCSEs at grades A- C in addition to the Access to HE Diploma qualification.You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended progression route before you apply for the Access course. Some HE institutions may accept alternative qualifications, such as Functional Skills level 2 or Qualifications taken outside of the UK. For the Access to HE Diploma applicants should have at least both GCSE in English and Maths at grades A-C on entry (or evidence that an equivalent qualification, is accepted by your university of choice). All applicants will be interviewed. If you do not already have the entry qualifications, you could consider the following route in order to progress to the Access to HE programme: Complete a two year programme:Year 1: studying GCSE English and MathsYear 2: Access to HE Diploma If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum of 6.00 in IELTS alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification (a NARIC check will be required).For more information please contact our Learner Information team. Assessment MethodEach module is assessed using a variety of criteria. You will be required to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection, reading and research of relevant information, time management and effective communication skills. Each module carries a number of assessments. Depending on the module you will be assessed through combinations of the following; formal reports, presentations, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, case studies and reflective statements. ASSESSMENT METHODSWritten assignmentsPractical assessmentsExamsProgression OpportunitiesIf you complete the course successfully you will be able to take up a place on a suitable BSc or HND programme. Degree programmes include Biomedical Sciences, Human Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Nutrition and Health, Neuroscience and Nursing Studies. Universities include King's College London, Royal Holloway, University College London (UCL), Roehampton University, University of Sussex and Queen Mary's. Students/learners who at the time of application are predicted to achieve the Diploma will be guaranteed consideration for entry to a B.Sc. programme in Biomedical Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London and will be offered an interview.Students will be guaranteed conditional offers at London South Bank University at lower admissions requirements than their standard offer.This course is designed solely for progression to Higher Education. Once you have a degree, there is a wide range of Science-based careers open to you. The precise nature of your possible career options depends on the degree course you complete.Study MethodsYou will have 10 hours of timetabled classes each week over 2 days. You will learn in dedicated classrooms and laboratories. Work experience and workbased learning are not included as part of the course but for entry to some degree courses (e.g. BSc Veterinary Science) gaining work experience in your own time will be necessary and we will help you to arrange this.
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You'll need to do Access to HE in science, with biology.

I'm currently on the same course, my subjects are Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I could have also picked psychology over chemistry or maths. You will need GCSE English and Maths A-C, some Access courses will let you do GCSEs alongside the access course (mine does) though be warned that for some reason some Universities have rejected some applications that don't already have GCSEs, not myself personally but some mates on the course.

I've applied to do Zoology and got 5 offers so unless a disaster happens (doubtful as I've had all distinctions so far) I'll be starting my degree in September, I'll be 39

I really suggest doing an Access course if you want to get back into education, it has done wonders for me and I can't wait to start Uni.
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You'll need to do Access to HE in science, with biology.

I'm currently on the same course, my subjects are Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I could have also picked psychology over chemistry or maths. You will need GCSE English and Maths A-C, some Access courses will let you do GCSEs alongside the access course (mine does) though be warned that for some reason some Universities have rejected some applications that don't already have GCSEs, not myself personally but some mates on the course.

I've applied to do Zoology and got 5 offers so unless a disaster happens (doubtful as I've had all distinctions so far) I'll be starting my degree in September, I'll be 39

I really suggest doing an Access course if you want to get back into education, it has done wonders for me and I can't wait to start Uni.
Hi thanks so much for the reply.

Could you please tell me what and how you did this as it is exactly what i want to do like which HE course and where etc.
I have A-C in maths english science GCSE's already so that shouldnt be a problem.

I am looking at Access courses now, shall i look for general sciences or specificly Biology. The main problem i can see is the UCAS points, the HE's give 60 credits?? When most universities want 112? Or is this irrelevant because of the HE.

Thanks sooo much and well done on your offers!!
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Hi thanks so much for the reply.

Could you please tell me what and how you did this as it is exactly what i want to do like which HE course and where etc.
I have A-C in maths english science GCSE's already so that shouldnt be a problem.

I am looking at Access courses now, shall i look for general sciences or specificly Biology. The main problem i can see is the UCAS points, the HE's give 60 credits?? When most universities want 112? Or is this irrelevant because of the HE.

Thanks sooo much and well done on your offers!!
My course is in a College in North Devon, but if you look around the colleges in your area and just see if any offer Access to HE in science, I'm sure one of them will. All I did was contact the College, told them I was interested in doing the course, they invited me in for an interview which was informal and took 5 minutes and the next day I was offered a course spot. It may differ according to the college but they're generally the same. It is a paid course usually around £3000 - 4000 but you can get an 'Advanced Learner Loan' which is essentially the same as student finance for Uni, it's easy to apply for. No credit checks etc. The loan will be paid directly to the college and the good news is that it gets written off if you graduate from Uni. The bad news is if you don't complete the Access course you'll be liable for the remaining course fee. Incentive to complete the course!

If you want to do a Biological science degree (like Zoology) then you will need to Biology as one of your subjects. So you will need to do an Access course that has biology as a subject which I think is usually the case. The credits are not UCAS Tariff points though they do have a Tarriff value. To break it down, each subject has 15 graded credits. Each of those credits you can get either, Pass, Merit or Distinction. So when you do an assignment at the end of a module you will be awarded graded credits for that assignment. This is just an example of my modules and how many credits they're worth:

Biology:
Biochemistry - 3 credits
Human Disease - 3 credits
Physiology - 3 credits
Inheritance - 3 credits
Cell Biology - 3 credits

Chemistry:
Organic Chemistry - 3 credits
Bonding and Reactions - 3 credits
Energetics, Kinetics and Redox - 9 credits

Mathematics:
Mathematics - 6 credits
Introduction to Calculus - 3 credits
Trigonometry - 3 credits
Statistics - 3 credits

So far I have done Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Bonding and Reactions and Mathematics and I've achieved distinctions in all of them so at the moment I have 15 distinction credits (I need 39 Distinctions and 6 Merits for my preferred Uni choice). When you apply to Universities via UCAS their Access to HE Entry requirements usually state that you need credits in Biology which is why you need it as a subject. Though Acces to HE credits have UCAS tariff points, it's pretty irrelevant.

*edit* Forgot to add that every Access course will have a fourth subject of 'Study Skills' which basically is there to prepare you for higher education, prepare your UCAS application etc. It is worth 15 credits but they're not graded, just pass. Which is where the extra 15 credits come from.

I think at this point the first thing you need to do is find an Access to HE course with science and then speak to them, go from there.

Got any questions, feel free to ask
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I want to do something similar and the uni I'm really keen on wants an Access to HE course in Biosciences. Look up your local colleges as I'm sure one of them is likely to have it.
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I do my access course through the distance learning centre. You can do it all from home and they do loads of different variations of courses. Have a look on their website
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I do my access course through the distance learning centre. You can do it all from home and they do loads of different variations of courses. Have a look on their website
Hi, how are you finding the course? I'm considering doing a science access course with this company as I want to complete it before next january. Does it have good support? How are the assessments done and is there a practical element? thank you.
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The course is not easy, but it depends what you’re good at. Like I have to do a heavy physics course in order to gain the correct credits and I’m rubbish at physics so I have to put the hours in. If you have a basic / a level knowledge of subjects you should be able to do it with the materials. The tutor you get assigned to emails asking you for a weekly update which you can then book in a telephone appointment to run through topics with them or just email and request a chat if you don’t understand stuff. The materials sometimes aren’t that extensive and you do need to be able to utilise further reading online but it’s all do able. The assessments are set and you have 2 weeks to submit them. They are questions and you have a word limit for each question. Once you’ve done them you submit them online. You do a few Skype exams but there is no practical element. It’s just an hour Skype call where they watch your screen while you answer 10 questions on a certain topic you’re made aware of before the exam so you get to revise. It’s worth the money and it can be done as fast as you like if you need it done quickly. I hope that helps
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The course is not easy, but it depends what you’re good at. Like I have to do a heavy physics course in order to gain the correct credits and I’m rubbish at physics so I have to put the hours in. If you have a basic / a level knowledge of subjects you should be able to do it with the materials. The tutor you get assigned to emails asking you for a weekly update which you can then book in a telephone appointment to run through topics with them or just email and request a chat if you don’t understand stuff. The materials sometimes aren’t that extensive and you do need to be able to utilise further reading online but it’s all do able. The assessments are set and you have 2 weeks to submit them. They are questions and you have a word limit for each question. Once you’ve done them you submit them online. You do a few Skype exams but there is no practical element. It’s just an hour Skype call where they watch your screen while you answer 10 questions on a certain topic you’re made aware of before the exam so you get to revise. It’s worth the money and it can be done as fast as you like if you need it done quickly. I hope that helps
That helps massively thank you. I never did A level science and barely remember my GCSE science. But I’m self motivated with distance learning (I’ve done an English degree with OU) and I’m an obsessive researcher anyway. I’m looking to do a hygiene and therapy course so deciding between the DLC science, DLC allied health Professional or the Academy online learning access course in dental hygiene and therapy. Just communicating through with unis to find out which would be most beneficial. I know they’d all involve a bit of physics with radiology but I know I’d find it very dry if it went into excess depth with less relevant physics. Thanks again for your advice, I appreciate it. The assessments and exam doesn’t sound too bad. Good luck with your studies.
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I've now applied for the Access to HE course in Biosciences at a local college. I just need to wait for an interview when I'll be assessed on my Literacy and Numeracy skills.
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I'm half way through an Access to HE Science (Biology and Chemistry with 1 hour a week of Maths and Study skills like Docxx mentioned)

So far I've achieved all my 'ungraded' pass/fail assignments and I've got 12 credits at distinction and 6 merits, and I have recieved an offer of a place at Uni in September to study Ecology & Conservation Biology or Zoology.
The two courses have almost identical core modules and have the same optional modules, but I've decided to do Ecology & Conservation and willbe choosing the more Zoology-based optional modules.
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