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Access to HE Science


Type: Full Time

Subject: Science

Level: 3

Start Date: 04 September 2023

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

1 Year Full–time


Level 3

Who is it for

If you are a mature student with the ambition to go to university but lack the level 3
qualifications, an Access to Higher Education course is a fantastic solution.

The Access to Higher Education course is a 1–year full–time course specifically for motivated individuals aged 19 and over who wish to go on to study a degree, progress in their career, or simply extend their knowledge after being out of formal education for some time.

Interview Skills Assessment

You will be required to attend a Welcome Event – details will be provided upon application.

What will I need

For entry onto the Access to Higher Education Science and Health course students must hold a:
• Level 2 Science qualification such as:
• GCSE Science at grade A*/9 – C/4
• BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science at Merit
• Pre–Access Certificate/Diploma with core science content
• Other foreign equivalent qualifications
• GCSE English and Maths at grade A*/9 – C/4

What is covered

This science course covers a wide range of content and is ideal for people who want to progress to degrees in the core sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) or allied health professions (e.g. nursing, midwifery). You will study biology, chemistry, medical physics, health and disease, microbiology, and maths for science. You will also be trained in study skills to help you make the most of
your time on the course and to become an effective undergraduate at university.

Towards the end of your course you will complete an individual science research
project in a topic area that interests you. Units are highly practical so you will become proficient in good laboratory practice.

How is the course assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including examinations, coursework, and observations of practical laboratory work and formal presentation skills.

What can this course lead to

The CAVA Access Diploma is QAA recognised and is accepted by UK universities nationwide as a standard entry qualification for most degree courses. Each Access course is specifically designed with university progression in mind and tutors will guide you through the HE application process.

This course can lead to a range of degree courses and careers, for example:
• Biological Sciences
• Adult/child/mental health nursing
• Midwifery
• Physiotherapy
• Dental hygiene
• Biomedical Science, genetics and microbiology
• Operating department practice
• Dietetics
• Physics
• Radiography
• Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical sciences
• Astronomy and physics
• Chemistry and chemical engineering
• Forensic science, crime and investigative studies
• Food science, nutrition and dietetics
• Ecology and environmental science
• Archaeology
• Marine biology and zoology

Are there any additional costs

You should obtain a scientific calculator. Laboratory coats are provided but you may wish to purchase your own.

Other details

The Diploma is validated by the Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA). The
Access Diploma is QAA recognised and is accepted by UK universities as a standard
entry qualification for degree courses. To find out more about CAVA please visit

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