Science Access To Higher Education Diploma Level 3





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About the course

The Access to HE course is a one-year, full-time, Level 3 course specifically designed to enable you to develop the knowledge and study skills to progress into Higher Education.

You may already have some qualifications at GCSE, NVQ, BTEC or A level but not enough to get to university.

Through studying a combination of biology, chemistry, environmental science, geography, higher maths (pure / engineering), physics, psychology, statistics and ICT, and medical physics, our access course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your goal.


Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Science, Maths and English at Grade 4 (C) or above
  • Strong desire to study
  • Knowledge of course required at university and the entry requirements
  • Commitment to study full time for a year
  • Good organisation, enthusiasm and motivation

Students wanting to progress to healthcare related degree programmes (Diagnostic Imaging, Dietetics, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science etc) will also need recent work experience (paid or voluntary) in a healthcare setting as there is strong competition for healthcare related degree places at university.

What will I do on this course?
  • 15 taught hours per week in college usually spread over three to four days
  • 20 self study hours per week
  • 3 chosen modules to be discussed at interview
  • Support from a personal tutor and Study Skills are included in the course
Who is it for?

Adults over 19 who want to enter Higher Education and already have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above

How to apply

Please contact us for more information and an Access to HE application form. You will be invited for an interview and screening tests in Maths and English.There is no deadline for applications but we advise you to apply as soon as possible.

For more information about Access courses:

Call: 0117 312 5164


How Is this course assessed?

The Access Diploma is modular. You will gain 45 credits at Level 3 (graded at distinction, merit or pass) and 15 ungraded credits at Level 2 or 3 for assessed work through a nationally recognised awarding body, AptEd.

  • Assignment based
  • Coursework
  • Exams
What could I do next?

Previous students have gone on to study: BSc degrees in Architecture, Audiology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Aided Design, Computing & IT, Diagnostic Imaging, Dietetics, Economics, Education Studies, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Forensic Sciences, Geography, Healthcare Science, Internet Technologies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Physiological Sciences, Psychology, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science and many more BSc Science and Engineering related degree programmes at within the UK and overseas.

  • We have long established links with Universities
  • We offer guaranteed consideration for a Foundation Degree at City of Bristol College
  • It is essential that you know what you want to study at University or college and the entry requirements for this year
  • We recommend you visit Universities on their Open Days
  • Thoroughly research your intended University course and its entry requirements before you apply for an Access course
Additional cost

You may need to pay for books and field trips


You will need an interview for this course



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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