Course Overview

If you require GCSE Science qualifications you can join a Pre-Access course in Biology and/or Chemistry, Mathematics and/or English. You can study one subject or more as required.

Mathematics and English GCSEs are essential for progression onto most of the Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Biology is necessary for progression onto Access to HE Nursing and Midwifery, Midwifery, Allied Health Professions and Radiography.

GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry is required for Access to HE Science which can lead to degrees in Clinical Sciences and Pharmacy.

Course Structure

Each GCSE you study will involve three hours of tuition in College.

Entry Requirements

You will undergo a screening test in Mathematics and/or English at the interview stage to determine your level.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

How Will I Learn?

You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures and group work.

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

Skills You Will Develop

In addition to the subject-specific content, you will develop skills in exam preparation and study skills.


You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Expect Also To

Spend around ten hours per week for assignment work in addition to your time in College.

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment on this programme involves a range of progress tests, mock exams, science practicals and final exams in June.

Things You May Need

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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].