Course Overview

These courses will give you a qualification with which you can apply for a university degree.

They are composed of a sequence of units and assessed through a variety of assessment methods. 

Course Structure

All the Units within the Access courses are compulsory.

Credits are awarded to you when you have successfully completed a Unit.

All courses contain Units of Academic Preparation Skills.

You will also undertake modules specifically to support your vocational area of study and research projects. 

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Study Techniques
  • Introduction to Cell Biology         
  • Research Project (Biology)          
  • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles
  • Aspects of Human Physiology
  • Infectious Disease, Biological and Drug Defences
  • Introduction to Professional Healthcare Service and Practice
  • Research Project (Professional Healthcare Practice)
  • Social and Community Welfare Provision
  • Health Promotion
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Work

Entry Requirements

GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at Grade C (4/5) or above. Level 2 equivalents will not be considered.

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

You will need to be able to show commitment for at least 20 hours of time per week to this course for studying the course materials. You will also need to commit 8-10 hours of personal study / week for assignment and research work. 

Contact Details: [email protected]

How Will I Learn?

Your learning materials will be accessed online, in units, at set times throughout the course. You will work through your materials as advised. You will have access to your tutors on-line.

You will be support through individual and group tutorials within a virtual classroom space. 

Skills You Will Develop

You will develop skills in:

  • Independent Research
  • Referencing (Harvard)
  • Critical thinking and evaluative skills.
  • Word Processing (including the use of footnotes)
  • Time Management
  • ILT (Information and Learning Technology – including the use of Virtual Learning Environments and the library online.
  • Solving or offering solutions to problems. 


We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide support for university applications.

You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto a Higher Education course. 

How You Will Be Assessed

You will have both formative and summative assessments for each unit. Formative assessments will be continuous and check your learning and understanding. These will include quizzes, online practice assessments and self-marked, reflective work.

Summative assessments will be assessed through a range of assessment methods for example, reports; essays; presentations.

Please note: You will be required to attend Bradford College to undertake exams. These dates will be agreed at the start of the course.

Things You May Need

You will need have access to the internet for the on-line course materials. You will need a webcam / mobile phone / video camera to enable recording of presentations and participation in tutorials.

You will need access to word processing and presentation programmes, ideally Office packages including Word, PowerPoint and a pdf reader i.e. Adobe reader. 

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].