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Aston School of Life & Health Sciences

 FCA Framework

Our Flexible Credit Accumulation (FCA) framework allows you to tailor your learning to meet your current needs, whilst building up module credit that you can use as credit towards larger qualifications that you may wish to study for in the future. 

All of our courses are taught by experts in their fields and most are recognised by the relevant professions where appropriate.

Key benefits:

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Study at your own pace: balance your work and personal commitments
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Select the content to your personal requirements: pick your own combination of modules
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Blended modes of delivery: choose from modules delivered by distance or on-campus learning
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Keep your options open: you have the flexibility to progress as far as you wish, without committing to a final qualification (and the associated fees) at the start

Choose the standalone module(s) that you would like to take, bearing in mind the final qualification that you are aiming for (if appropriate). You are permitted to take modules totaling up to 60 credits at a time.

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Submit an application form. As part of the application form you will detail the standalone module(s) that you wish to study and when you wish to study them. The schedule can be subsequently revised if required.

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The application form will be reviewed by our Admissions Team. They will ensure that you meet the entry criteria, there is availability on the module(s), and that the selected module(s) fit within the FCA framework guidelines.

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You will be notified of the outcome of your application (this may involve revising your initial selections).

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Receive an Aston Module Achievement Transcript, certifying your result.

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Continue your studies by selecting a further module / modules, which can contribute towards a final qualification if you desire.

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Pause your studies. You can resume at any time, although if you want the credits to count towards a final qualification, you have up to 5 years to use them.

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Progress within your chosen career.

  • Advanced Hearing Therapy Practice
Final qualifications available: PgCert, PgDip and MSc Advanced Hearing Therapy Practice
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Practice 
Final qualifications available: PgCert, PgDip and MSc Clinical Neurophysiology Practice
  • Clinical Science
Final qualifications available: PgCert, PgDip and MSc Clinical Science 
  • Health Psychology 
Final qualifications available: PgCert, PgDip and MSc Health Psychology
  • Optometry
Final qualifications available: DOptom Doctor of Optometry / Ophthalmic Science
  • Pharmacy 
Final qualifications available: PharmD Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy
Final qualifications available: PgCert Psychiatric Therapeutics, PgDip Psychiatric Pharmacy, MSc Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice 
  • To gain a final qualification, you will require the following number of appropriate-level credits:
    • PgCert: 60 credits
    • PgDip: 120 credits
    • MSc: 180 credits
  • Final qualifications may require you to pass specific modules. These are noted on the final qualification course page and will be confirmed in your offer.   
  • It is possible to study modules and achieve credits from more than one subject area, however only modules from the appropriate subject area may be counted towards the final qualification. See the final qualification course page for full details.
  • Credits from modules are valid for five years if you wish to use them towards a final qualification. For example, if you enroll on a module in September 2015, it can only be counted towards a final qualification until September 2020.
  • Module capacity: The number of places available on a course in any one cohort is specified on the course page. Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
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