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 12 credits in Chemistry, 12 credits in Biology and 12 credits in Biological and Cognitive Psychology. There will also be a 3 credit unit in Physics and 6 credits for a Research Project.

The Biology units include: Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Disease, DNA and Cell Replication. The Chemistry units include: Biochemistry, Chemical Principles and a Chemistry Investigation. The Psychology units include: Biological Psychology, Cognitive 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 Communication Skills, Improving Own Performance, Academic and Examination 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 2.5 hours for the English or maths GCSE.

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  • Start Date: Sep, 2017
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: THS93F0

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment. You must have a GCSE grade C or grade 4, or above either in English OR maths. You will be required to undertake a formal assessment in maths or English subject to grade and prior achievement on entry. Enrolment is subject to students evidencing they are working at the appropriate level in English or maths.

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

For all students aged 19+ fees are £3384. 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.”