Access to HE Science and Medical Professions, Level 3

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.
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.
£3,384 Advanced Learner Loan Available

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 19-23, and you do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course see the section on Advanced Learner loans, or tuition fees are payable.

If you are aged over 23 at the start of the course see the section on Advanced Learner loans, or tuition fees are payable.
Course Code:
Access To Higher Education
Beaufort Road
28 weeks
(Thu 9:30am-3:15pm & Fri 9:30am-3:15pm) (tbc)

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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