CAVA Access to Higher Education (Science)

CAVA Access to Higher Education (Science)

Subject Area: Access to Higher Education

Course Overview

The study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme and must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

This study programme includes 60 Level 3 credits.

There are 9 credits in Chemistry, 12 credits in Biology and 6 credits in Biochemistry and 9 credits of Psychology. There will also be a 3 credit unit in Physics and 6 credits for a Research Project.

The Biology units include: Human systems and Exchange and Transport in the Human Body. The Chemistry units include: Biochemistry, Chemical Principles and Chemical Basics and Atomic Structure and Controlling Chemical Reactions. The Psychology units include: Health Psychology and Psychological Research Methods. The Physics unit will be Radiography based. There will also be a subject based Research project.

There will be additional study skills units in Interpersonal Skills, Reflection and Planning, Preparation for HE and Academic Writing Skills.

A variety of assessment is used which includes essays, posters, case studies, presentations, exams and portfolio evidence.

You will be in College for 2 days for the Diploma plus half a day for the English or maths GCSE.

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  • Start Date: Sep, 2018
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: THS93F0

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19+, GCSE English Language or maths at grade A* - C (grade 4 and above), Level 2 assessment in English Language or maths if not already achieved at a grade C (grade 4 and above) interview and suitable reference.

Course Highlights

This study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme, and must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

This study programme will give you the entry criteria for university as a 19+ mature student.

The study programme offers Level 3 Science units as well as study skills units to help prepare you for university.

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Next Steps

A number of students gained places at University of Suffolk and others have places at ARU, Essex, Bournemouth, Bristol, UEA, Swansea and Hertfordshire.

They are studying degrees in Adult Nursing, Child Nursing and Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Bioscience, OTP, Paramedic, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Radiotherapy and Radiography.

Tuition Costs

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2018.

For all students aged 19+ please contact 

Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learner Loans can be found at 

Helen Pritchard - CAVA Access to Higher Education (Science)

“I left school after I finished my GCSEs with a double D in science but I came out of this course with distinctions throughout. I really enjoyed the course – the tutors are supportive and it’s a really nice group. My plan is to go on to university to study midwifery.”