Tameside College


Level 3 Access to HE Diploma Science and Allied Medical Professions

The Access to HE Diploma is a standard, nationwide qualification at Level 3, which is designed to enable learners from non-traditional educational backgrounds to go to University. The Diploma is made up of a number of units which result in a total of 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

The programme provides teaching in biology, chemistry and physics. Typical units include:

Structure & Bonding

Acid-Base Equilibria

Organic Chemistry

Nuclear Physics

Current electricity and the transient response

Quantum Physics

The Cell


Body Defences

The Science Access course is designed for people interested in studying Science courses at university. It is a rounded Science education split evenly three ways: 1/3 Physics, 1/3 Chemistry and 1/3 Biology. The course is also suitable for those wishing to study vocational courses at university such as Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy or Optometry degrees.

There are 15 graded units on the course which will be awarded at pass, merit and distinction. The universities will then ask for certain grades to be required for entrance to their course. It is highly recommended that you check with the universities regarding the grades you will require as they differ greatly depending on which course is to be studied. Usually you will need all merits or merits with a number of distinctions to enter university, but with some courses such as Radiography it is not uncommon to need all Distinctions.

An Access course is designed to provide not just the knowledge, but also the skills to succeed at university. The assessments will include exams, assignments, practical work and other methods that will provide the fundamental, underpinning skills required at university. It is essential that you have a strong interest in Science and are willing to extend your study of the subject outside of lesson-time.

The course is over four sessions. The lesson times are usually 2.5 hours long and start at 0930 and finish by 1530. There is no night class. You will have around 10 hours a week in class and expect to work at least an equivalent number outside. The course is normally over two days a week.

In addition to the taught sessions you will be given guidance on progression and will receive support applying for university.

You are required to have a Science GCSEs at grade B, or two at grade C. In addition to this you need GCSE’s at C or above in English and Maths

On successful completion of this qualification it is expected that you will progress onto university in either a Science-based or vocational subject.

£3384 (May qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan)

If you are aged between 19-23 and you don’t have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels, tuition fees will be waived. If aged 19 or over and do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learning loan.

Learners who take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for an Access to HE course and subsequently complete a Higher Education course may not have to pay back their Advanced Learner Loan.

Course Code:
Access To Higher Education
Beaufort Road
32 Weeks
Tue, Thu, Fri
9:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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