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Programme Description


This course combines the disciplines of maths and sciences, social sciences, writing and presentation skills, required for studying medical courses at university. If you are interested in nursing, midwifery, geriatric care or a wide range of foundation medical degrees, then this is an excellent pathway. The full time course involves three days of lectures in college. Students also have the option of following the part time course, which may suit better: studying two evenings a week, over two years. The course requires a commitment to attend; an ability and determination to meet deadlines; to be assessed in a variety of ways on fixed dates; and for independent study. This wide range of topics and associated subject and study skills will help you to meet the deadlines and standards ready for application to university and the higher courses to find the career pathway of your dreams.

All students are expected to have over 92% attendance each term, and failing to commit your time and effort to the course can result in disapplication from the Diploma to a lesser award or withdrawal from the course. You will have to agree and manage your work hours/family commitments around the full or part time college days and will be asked how you will manage this in interview. There are advisors who can help with applications for financial or academic support for those students who need it.

At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  1 year FT / 2 years PT

  Graig Campus / Pibwrlwyd

Programme Features


Achieving the Access Diploma is not based upon passing examinations and the course is assessed through a variety of assignments, taking the form of essays, presentations, tests and reports.

The course benefits from a range of interesting topic areas taught by well qualified, supportive and enthusiastic staff. In addition to these, separate lessons are timetabled to build the skills of communication and numeracy up to the required standard for university entry.

Support, guidance and regular feedback provided in personal tutorials to encourage and motivate students who may initially lack confidence in the classroom. Excellent opportunities to progress in the Health Care sector.

Programme Content


There are seven L3 formally assessed subjects in the Diploma:Anatomy and Physiology; Micro-biology; Chemistry; Extended Project, Sociology and Psychology.  Each will be tested in a combination of ways: written timed tests; online tests; open book assessments; academic posters; presentations, and essays.

In addition, there are three core units that will build up your skills ready for academic study and application in university.  These are mathematics, communication and study skills. 

Progression & Employment


Successful Access students from CSG have gone on to study courses in a number of universities including paramedic training, nursing degrees, maternity nursing, paediatric and geriatric nursing. In the last five years, a number of our learners have started foundation degrees and progressed to full medical science courses. 

Method of Assessment


All ten subjects will be tested in a combination of ways: written timed tests; online tests; open book assessments; academic posters; presentations, and essays.  There will be times, throughout the year, where there a number of assignment/assessments are due in at the same time.  Extensions to deadlines are only awarded in exceptional circumstances and approved by the exam board, Agored. 

Entry Requirements


Cs in GCSE English Language, maths and sciences (biology is especially important).

All applicants must be 19 before the September start for this course. A mature, committed, dedicated and resilient attitude is essential as it is demanding juggling study, family life and work commitments.

All applicants are subject to a formal interview and basic literacy and numeracy tests. A minimum of 92% attendance each term is expected from all students.

Applicants without the relevant qualifications, or equivalents, will have to take the SFFS (pre-Access) course and the relevant GCSEs, as required, to ensure they are able to progress on to the suitable pathway. The SFFS is offered part time in the evenings, or full time over three days on Graig campus.

Additional Costs


All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.