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Access to Higher Education in Biology with Chemistry

Full Time

Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

You will attend college four days a week between 9.30 and 3.30.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

The curriculum is structured so that core study skills units are delivered together with the cohorts of the other Access courses in the College. The specialist science units are delivered as individual groups by our Science tutors.  There are weekly tutorials where one to ones take place and you set own targets for development of specific skills and knowledge, including completion of the UCAS process. Your learning is further supported by Google Classrooms where all resources, assignments and schemes of work are uploaded for you to use.

Course Content

As well as the core study skills units, this course has been designed to offer 21 credits in Biology and 18 credits in Chemistry so that the learner has a good foundation in both subject areas enabling applications to a wide range of biology/chemistry related degrees.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Cell Biology
  • Inheritance, Evolution and Ecology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Carbon Chemistry
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • The Nervous System
  • Pathogens and Disease
  • Applied Science
  • Exploring Science
  • Maths for Science Number and Algebra.
  • Entry Requirement

    You should have a minimum of GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above, or completed our Progression to Access course.


    This course is assessed in a variety of ways with assignments including: presentations, discussions, tests, projects, practical work, problem solving exercises, essays, scientific reports, diagrams and interviews.

    Where does this course lead to

    This course can lead on to a range of University degree courses, for example:

    • BSc Nutrition
    • BSc Biochemistry
    • BSc Biological Sciences
    • BSc Microbiology
    • BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation
    • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practitioner
    • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
    • BSc  Ecology
    • BSc Health Sciences

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    Course Outline

    Course Code: HF48
    Study Mode: Full Time
    Location: Basingstoke
    Start Date: 07/09/2020
    Duration: 1 Year
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