Course Overview

This one year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Medical Sciences is for you if you are over the age of 19 and wish to progress Higher Education to become a Doctor, Dentist, Pharmacist, Optometrist or any other role within medical sciences.

The core content of the course will consist of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Mathematics modules. The level of these core modules will be equivalent to A level standard. The content of the course requires significant commitment, and this will help to prepare you for a degree level course. Significant work experience within the NHS/healthcare sector is also mandatory. This will be further discussed at your interview.

Course Structure

You will attend classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Study Skills.

You will study 15 ungraded units in:

  • Study Skills
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • Introduction to Physics.

You will study 12 graded credits in Biology with units in:

  • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles (exam)
  • Aspect of Human Physiology.

You will study 12 graded credits in Chemistry with units in:

  • Core principles of Chemistry (exam)
  • Further Organic Chemistry.

You will study 12 graded credits in Physics with units in:

  • Principles in Physics (exam)
  • Research (Practical investigation).

You will study nine graded credits in mathematics with units in:

  • Algebra geometry and sequence (exam)
  • Foundation in statistics.

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

Entry Requirements

To study Access to Medical Sciences you will need to have a minimum of five GCSEs including (English Language, Mathematics, two sciences and another GCSE) at Grade B/6 or above, along with recent relevant experience/work placement in a hospital setting (not an administrative or administration role).

You must be aged 19 or over.

Applications should be made direct to the College.

A number of dental and medical schools will also ask you to complete aptitude and admissions tests such as the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) and BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test). You will need to conduct your own research and achieve good scores in these if they are required. 

We also invite you for a one-to-one interview, in order for us to check you have the commitment and skills required to complete this Diploma.

How Will I Learn?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, group work, practical assessment and tutorials.

You will be supported throughout your studies by a personal tutor.

Skills You Will Develop

In addition to the skills gained in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths 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.

Expect Also 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 are employed, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access to HE course.  You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

How You Will Be Assessed

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

Things You May Need

  • Scientific calculator
  • USB memory storage device.

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].