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'Access to...'
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  • science

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Awarding/validation body:

    OCN London


Course Overview

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students, without traditional Level 3 qualifications, to apply for degree courses and enter university.

The Science Diploma is suitable for those who have been out of full-time education for some time and aiming to join university or higher education courses. This qualification requires a maturity of approach and a high level of commitment. In addition, applicants need a successful interview and screening and must have sufficient time to devote to their studies.

This is a qualification designed for:

  • adults with a current or previous role or interest in Science
  • adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a business and/or law related profession.

Access to Science is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance (100%) throughout the course.

Due to the volume of scientific ideas and principles covered, as well as their applications, students should be prepared to allow a minimum of 6 hours per subject of individual study outside of lessons.

This programme is very popular complete your application early.

Course Highlights

Student will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge about AIDS and HIV.

We offer fantastic extra-curricular activities such as Macmillan fund raising and Walking for health at Macmillan Resource Centre at Croydon University Hospital and many more volunteering opportunities to support your Personal Statement.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Science. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Radiography, Biomedical Sciences, Ecology, Nutrition and a range of related degrees.


The core subjects for Access to Higher Science Diploma – are study skills, human biology, Maths (Algebra) at Level 3 and chemistry. Tutorial support is also embedded into the programme.

  • The Access to Science level 3 course is delivered over two days.
  • Class tutors will use a variety of assessment methods: formal reports, presentations, written assessments, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, exams, case studies and reflective statements.

The Diploma is made up of units that amount to 60 L3 credits. The 60 credits include 21 credits in Biology, 21 chemistry, 3 credits in Maths and 15 credits in Study skills.

Entry Requirements

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • GCSEs – grades A* – C / 9 – 4 or Functional Skills Level 2 or recognised non-UK GCSE equivalencies in English and maths preferred; however, each application will be considered on an individual basis
  • Selection is by interview, initial screening, literacy and numeracy tests

We will invite you to a Meet the Tutor event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Universities are increasingly asking for GCSEs or Functional Skills (Level 2) as part of their entry criteria please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress.

All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that the course is the right choice based on previous educational and work experience.

Financial eligibility:

You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria.

Repaying your loan:

Access to Higher Education (HE) course: Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.

How To Apply

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