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Science

Access to Higher Education - Science - S026

12 Quays Full Time Level 3

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This course is a preparation for entry to a Degree or Higher Diploma course in Science that might require Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics; such as Diagnostic Radiography, Bioinformatics or Biophysics, Physical Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceuticals.

Course Details

Three modules are studied out of the following options. These are:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

In addition a Research-based assignment will be undertaken chosen from one of the subject areas.

Credits are awarded for the Access course modules. To achieve the Access Diploma, you must gain all 60 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3. There are 20 units of 3 credits each. Depending on your chosen subjects you will study; 7 units of Biology, 6 of Maths, 6 of Physics, 6 of Chemistry plus the Research unit. It may be possible to change your choice of subjects within the first two weeks of study. Those students not opting to study Biology will be given an additional developmental unit to make up the units. 15 units (45 credits) are graded, while 5 units (15 credits) must be passed but are not graded and used as introductory units to build confidence and knowledge. All units are Level 3.

Assessment is continuous with examinations, reports, essays, tests, assignments, presentations and laboratory work. The Access to HE Diploma is awarded by Openawards.org.

Entry Guidelines

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including two GCSE science subjects, maths and English or BTEC Level 2 Applied Science/Pre Access and Grade 4/C or above in maths and English.

Applicants will be given a written assessment task to assess if they can study successfully at a level equivalent to A-Level and have good maths and English skills.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Additional Information

In addition to lesson time, you will be expected to complete about 16 hours of independent study per week. You will need good organisational skills. It is preferable that you have some IT skills (you will have an opportunity to acquire these).

You should be aware that to meet the entry requirements for specific courses at University, you may need particular qualifications/work experience in addition to the Access qualification. You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended degree course as soon as possible. When you attend your interview, you will be given the opportunity to discuss how any additional requirements could be met.

Useful websites: UCAS - www.ucas.com. NHS - www.nhscareers.nhs.uk, University websites.

Please note that the interview and assessment process will last approximately 2 hours.

Where can I progress to?

Degree or Higher Diploma course in Science that might require Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics; such as Diagnostic Radiography, Bioinformatics or Biophysics, Physical Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceuticals. It is important that you have a good idea of which degree you wish to progress on to as this will affect which subjects you should select on your Diploma. Obtaining the Access to HE Diploma in Science does not guarantee entry into any HE course.

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Starting 6th September 2019 - Ending - 26th June 2020REF S026L001

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £3384.00

If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you if you are aged 19-23 and you do not already have a level 3 qualification.

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2019-20.


For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).

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