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This course is a preparation for entry to a Degree or Higher Diploma course in Science subjects that might require Biology and Chemistry. Past students have gone on to study Biology, Biochemistry, Zoology, Marine Biology, Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, Nursing, Nutrition and Animal Behaviour.

Course details

Two Modules are studied, these are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

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; 10 units of Biology, 9 of Chemistry plus the Research unit. 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

Entry guidelines

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including 2 Science, 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.

Satisfactory interview and assessment.

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.

Assessment Method

Assessment is continuous with reports, essays, tests, assignments and laboratory work. The Access to HE Diploma is awarded by made up 60 credits.

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 - NHS -, university websites.

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

Where can I progress to?

This course may enable you to progress onto the following Higher Education courses;

Zoology, Marine Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Genetics, Environmental Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Dental Therapy.

There will be opportunities to attend university open days and other suitable events throughout the course. Obtaining the Access to HE Diploma in Biomedical science does not guarantee entry into any HE course.

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 07th Sep 2018 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref S152K001

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £3200.00

    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. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

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

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    Planned Timetable
    Day Times Campus
    Monday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays
    Tuesday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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