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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Code ACCL3SCI
Awarding Body ASCENTIS
Level Access to Higher Education
Start Date 20/01/2021

Course overview

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

  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Biology/Chemistry/Physics
  • Maths/Physics

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

What you'll study

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.

All students attend classes in Biology; Chemistry; Study Skills and Academic Writing Skills.  You will complete 15 ungraded units in:

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry

You will complete 27 graded credits in Biology with units in:

  • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles (exam)
  • Foundations in Pharmacology;
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems
  • Homeostasis
  • Research Investigation.

You will complete 18 graded credits in Chemistry with units in:

  • Core principles of Chemistry (exam)
  • Further Organic Chemistry;
  • Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Carrying out a Practical Investigation

The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • 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.

  • All students attend classes in Biology; Chemistry; Study Skills and Academic Writing Skills.  You will complete 15 ungraded units in:

    • Academic Writing Skills
    • Study Skills
    • Further Study Skills
    • Introduction to Cell Biology
    • Introduction to Chemistry

    You will complete 27 graded credits in Biology with units in:

    • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles (exam)
    • Foundations in Pharmacology;
    • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems
    • Homeostasis
    • Research Investigation.

    You will complete 18 graded credits in Chemistry with units in:

    • Core principles of Chemistry (exam)
    • Further Organic Chemistry;
    • Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
    • Carrying out a Practical Investigation

    The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Assessment

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, laboratory practicals, research investigations and two end-of-year examinations.

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.

Entry requirements

GCSE English
Grade 4 or C
GCSE Maths
Grade 4 or C
GCSE Double Science
Grade 4 or C

You must be aged 19 or over.

For information about our student services, please click here.

How to apply

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

Next steps

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 onto Higher Education. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.

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