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Access to Higher Education Science Diploma

Full Time

Course Overview

This course provides learners with a firm foundation in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding of science.

The course has been designed to provide entry to University and is worth 21 credits in biology, 15 credits in chemistry and 9 credits in psychology. At the end of the course, you will have 45 credits which are graded and 15 credits which are ungraded study skills. The course is suitable for mature students who have been out of full-time education for at least one year and do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

As part of your learning, resources and assignments will be uploaded to Google Classrooms for you to use.

Course Content

You will attend college three days a week between 9.30 and 3.00.
The course includes a variety of units covering biology, chemistry and psychology. The list of units includes the following:
  • Cell Biology
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Blood, Circulation and Gaseous Exchange for Healthcare
  • Microbiology
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Reproduction and Inheritance
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Drugs and Food Additives
  • Equilibria Acids and Buffers
  • Reaction Kinetics and Energetics
  • Separation and Analysis
  • Periodic Table, Ionisation Energies and Redox
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Research Project
  • Academic Writing

Entry Requirement

  • You need to be aged 19+ from the beginning of September.
  • GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)
 If you do not have either English or maths you can complete this in addition to 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 can lead on to a range of University degree courses, for example:

  • BSc Nutrition
  • BSc Biochemistry
  • BSc Biomedicine
  • BSc Diagnostic or Therapeutic Radiography
  • BSc Biological Sciences
  • BSc Microbiology
  • BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practitioner
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc  Ecology
  • BSc Health Sciences
  • BM BCh Medicine
  • Veterinary Science
  • BSc Psychology

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Course Outline

Course Code: HF71
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 11/09/2023
Duration: 1 Year
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