Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Access to HE

Subject Area

Access to HE

Start Date


Course Length

1 year







Course Level


Award to be received

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Regulatory Body

One Awards

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Who is this course for?

An Access to HE Diploma course prepares adults without traditional qualifications for study at University and could be your first step towards a fulfilling career in a science-related field. If you have a desire to go to University, but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE Diploma course could be the ideal next step for you.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to be aged 19 or over and have a full Level 2 qualification such as four GCSEs at a grade C or above including GCSE English and Maths.


We will also take into consideration work experience and skills where a student may not have all of these qualifications. This will be discussed at the enrolment interview.


Please note that this course is subject to approval

What are the key things you'll learn?

The course develops crucial academic skills (such as scientific writing, time management, research and referencing) in addition to delivering a sound knowledge and understanding in science and mathematics topics to enable you to be successful in the professional career of your choice.

In addition, your course tutors are committed to enhancing your awareness of employability skills and opportunities within the region.

All Access courses comprise a total of 60 credits, as follows;

Graded Units

Human Biology (9), Physics (9), Chemistry (9), Biochemistry (9), Higher Skills in Mathematics (Algebra & Graphs (3); Number Systems, Logarithmic, Exponential and Trigonometric Functions (3); Statistical Analysis (3)

Ungraded Units

Core Science (9), Study Skills (6)

How you will learn

On this course you will experience a combination of teaching and learning styles as follows:

Classroom lectures

Workshop/Study sessions

Directed work with other students

Directed private study

Interactive learning using IT and a virtual learning environment (VLE)


The production of a portfolio of evidence is crucial. Assessment will mainly involve the writing of essays, reports, research, group and individual presentations. Some modules will also involve short progression tests.

Study timetable

Classes are flexibly timetabled to meet the needs of learners. The course is studied over one academic year on three days (Mon – Wed; 9.30am – 3pm) per week. Learners are supported and encouraged to develop independent learning techniques and continue study outside of the timetabled classes.

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor can provide valuable help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments

revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Where could this course take you?

There are many excellent opportunities for students to continue studying Science and Mathematics at degree level in areas such as Forensic Science, Health, Environmental and Bio Sciences, Pharmacy, Engineering (Aerospace, Civil, etc). It can also lead to degrees in primary and secondary education with QTS (Qualified Teaching Status). The course allows students to opt for a subject specific degree in a subject they have studied on the course.


As a level 3 qualification, the Access Diploma may also fulfil the entry requirements of other courses, such as Foundation Degrees.

What costs will you incur?

There are fees for this course.

2018/19 course fees: £3,000

Fee remission may be available, dependent upon individual circumstances.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.