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Bradford College

Access to Higher Education – Science

Qualification Gained
ASCENTIS Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science
Study Level
Level 3
Course Type
Access to Higher Education, Adult
1 year
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
David Hockney Building


The one-year Level 3 Access to Higher Education in Science is designed for students over the age of 19 who wish to progress to Science-related degrees. We offer two pathways for Access to HE Science with the following subject combinations:

  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Biology/Chemistry/Physics

The Access to HE Science (Biology and Chemistry) can allow progression onto courses including Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Forensics, Pharmacy, Dietetics, Physiotherapy, and Nursing.

This course is available as either College based study or online study.

  Key Info

Expect to spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course.  You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

Units include:

Biology/Chemistry Pathway:

  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastro-intestinal Systems
  • Homeostatis, Co-ordination and Control and the Excretory System
  • Practical Investigation (Biology)
  • Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Practical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Core Principles of Chemistry
  • Further Inorganic Chemistry
  • Further Physical Chemistry
  • Core Organic Chemistry
  • Preparing to Progress
  • Developing Skills for Studying
  • ICT – Presentation Software


  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Aspects of Human Physiology
  • Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles
  • Practical Investigation (Biology)
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Medical Uses of Radioisotopes
  • Principles of Physics
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Practical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Further Inorganic Chemistry
  • Core Principles of Chemistry
  • Core Organic Chemistry
  • Preparing to Progress
  • ICT – Presentation Software

Entry to this course requires GCSE English Language, Maths and Double Science at a grade 4 or C. Some Universities may not require a Science GCSE but require 12 credits at a distinction on this Access course.

You are at least 19 years old on 1st September.

It is your responsibility to check that your Mathematics and English Language qualifications are accepted for the Higher Education Institution course you wish to eventually apply for.

When applying to join an Access to HE course, please state on the application form which Science pathway you require.

Induction for this course will begin at the start of September.

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, laboratory practicals and research investigations. You will have a combination of 15 ungraded and 45 graded units. For the graded units, you will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

In addition to the skills gained in Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills.

You will develop the necessary skills to progress into further education, which can include university. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.

£3,384. Additional fees: You may need to have access to a laptop.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.