Science - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma

Course Code: SD1FE04


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Start DateLocationDuration
05/09/2022University Centre1 YearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                           

Duration: 2 days per week
Day/s of week: Thurs/Fri
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Indicative Delivery: 100% On-site at the University Centre Campus

This course is ideal if you wish to have a career in nursing, paramedic, teaching, research and development, biochemistry, genetics, pharmacy, radiography, physiotherapy, food and nutrition, criminal investigation or any career in biology or chemistry study.

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which will prepare you for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you. The course is run over 1 academic year and is designed for learners aged 19 years and above. Advanced Learner Loans are available to help you fund your studies.


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

 Direct Entry

  • 3 GCSEs Grade 4 (C) or above including maths or English Grade 4 (C) or above. Science GCSE at Grade 4 (C) is also required if studying a science related subject 
  • Relevant Level 2 or 3 qualification plus maths or English Grade 4 (C) or above/ level 2 Functional Skills maths and English.

Not achieved Maths or English GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above.

  •  You will need to complete the one-year Level 2 (GCSE) maths or English alongside your Access to HE qualification.

If you do not meet the entry requirements

  •  Don’t worry – you can apply for our Pre Access course  which will prepare you for the Access to Higher Education course. You can also work towards achieving your Level 2 (GCSE) Maths and/or English at the same time.



Qualification Obtained

Access to HE Diploma (Science)

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

A variety of teaching and learning strategies and techniques are used to motivate and support students.

Classroom time is 340 hours over the year which equates to 10 hours a week. We would expect private study time (research/background reading/creation of drafts and final reports) to take an extra 10 hours a week.

The course is held over 2 days a week on Thursday and Friday.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
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