Access to HE vs. A levels

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I want to study either Nat science Or physics & philosophy at uni

At my local college they only offer access to HE courses in Health and Social sciences/ Humanities.

Would access to HE course (health) be considered relevant enough to get on to a science foundation year?
I am interested in Leeds uni and Nottingham uni.
Or would I be better of doing A-Levels?
I don't like people, so I feel like doing an access course would be good practice both academically and socially for uni.
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Your best bet would be to ask the Universities. I would imagine though if you wanted to do Physics then they would expect physics to be part of the access course. Access to Health would have Biology and Health studies.
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(Original post by Wotda****)
I want to study either Nat science Or physics & philosophy at uni

At my local college they only offer access to HE courses in Health and Social sciences/ Humanities.

Would access to HE course (health) be considered relevant enough to get on to a science foundation year?
I am interested in Leeds uni and Nottingham uni.
Or would I be better of doing A-Levels?
I don't like people, so I feel like doing an access course would be good practice both academically and socially for uni.
Hi,

I would agree with the Docxx and advise that you check with the universities that you are applying for.

For the subject areas that you are interested in it's likely that the universities will be asking for a science subject at A level or equivalent even for a foundation year. If it's an Access to HE programme that you would like to complete the university may want to check the content of that specific Access course to determine how much content relates to the science subject that they require for entry on to their degree.

If you know which college you are likely to be studying the Access course at, you should be able to obtain a breakdown of the modules quite easily, you can then contact a number of universities to check that it meets the entry requirements for the degree courses you are interesting in applying to.

I hope this helps. If you have any further questions however, please feel free to drop me a message

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Carrie
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Hi,

For the subject areas that you are interested in it's likely that the universities will be asking for a science subject at A level or equivalent even for a foundation year. If it's an Access to HE programme that you would like to complete the university may want to check the content of that specific Access course to determine how much content relates to the science subject that they require for entry on to their degree.

If you know which college you are likely to be studying the Access course at, you should be able to obtain a breakdown of the modules quite easily, you can then contact a number of universities to check that it meets the entry requirements for the degree courses you are interesting in applying to.

I hope this helps. If you have any further questions however, please feel free to drop me a message

Thanks

Carrie
I'd disagree foundation years are designed not only for those who didnt get high enough grades but for students who dont have appropriate a-levels. e.g. if someone who took English/Maths/Art wanted to do physics they could take a foundation year.

Definitely agree with speaking to universties first though before doing an Access course, make sure that they say it is ok for applying.
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I'd disagree foundation years are designed not only for those who didnt get high enough grades but for students who dont have appropriate a-levels. e.g. if someone who took English/Maths/Art wanted to do physics they could take a foundation year.

Definitely agree with speaking to universties first though before doing an Access course, make sure that they say it is ok for applying.
You're correct they are designed for those reasons, however using USW as an example, for a Biology degree with foundation year we would still require some science content for example two A levels including a relevant science subject.
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You're correct they are designed for those reasons, however using USW as an example, for a Biology degree with foundation year we would still require some science content for example two A levels including a relevant science subject.
They should open it up to more students.
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(Original post by Wotda****)
I want to study either Nat science Or physics & philosophy at uni

At my local college they only offer access to HE courses in Health and Social sciences/ Humanities.

Would access to HE course (health) be considered relevant enough to get on to a science foundation year?
I am interested in Leeds uni and Nottingham uni.
Or would I be better of doing A-Levels?
I don't like people, so I feel like doing an access course would be good practice both academically and socially for uni.
What do the entrance requirements say as to access courses ( I cant be bothered to look it up).

A levels
If you did and succeeded with A levels its cheaper, although that might be your own money.
Its more flexible in terms of resits.
More respected academically and easier understood by employers.
You might find it more difficult to self teach.
You might find you dont have the upfront cash.
Direct entry.

Access+
Contrast Access top foundation might be easier as theres no upfront costs as you can get loans.
Bit of socialising.
Coursework only.
Is going to take you the same time.
More expensive overall if you factor in foundation.
Might be a gentler introduction.
Resits more difficult.
Not as widely known or respected.

Cant think of any others.
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