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 3 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.

Course Structure

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.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C/4 and Double Science at a minimum of Grade CC.

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

You must be aged 19 or over.

Application should be made direct to the College.

How Will I Learn?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, group work, practicals 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/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.

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 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.

How You Will Be Assessed

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.

Things You May Need

Scientific calculator

USB stick.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

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

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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 team.
Email: [email protected].