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Access to Higher Education in Biology and Chemistry (Science)

Full Time

Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who have been out of full-time education for at least one year or do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

You will attend college four days a week between 9.30 and 3.00.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with your UCAS application and personal development.

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 and assignments 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.

Entry Requirement

You need to be aged 19+ from the beginning of September and have been out of full-time education for one year. 

You should have a minimum of GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths. All applicants will need to write 500 words on their hobbies or interests, this should also include why you want to apply for Access and what your long term goals are. We will use this submission to assess that your current writing ability is suitable for the 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 is designed to get you to University and is worth between 48 and 144 UCAS points (for September entry), depending on the grade you achieve.

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: 06/09/2021
Duration: 1 Year
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