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Course Details

Access to HE Diplomas are intensive 1-year courses designed to get you into Higher Education. We run 4 pathways in Science (Medical, Biomedical, Ecology and Chemistry) in order to let you pursue your goals at HE level. This course will seek to develop you as an independent, confident individual and will look to give you skills that cover all of academic university life. The specific pathway you take will determine where you can go, but most science courses can be reached through this route.

Entry Requirements

All learners must be 19+ on the 1st September and must have a GCSE grade C (Grade 4 or above) in Maths, English Language and Science. You must also pass an interview to be offered a place. If you are aiming for some careers (such as medicine) you may need work experience to support your application.

Career options

Successful completion of this course will allow you to enter most institutes of Higher Education, including HNC, HND & Degree pathways. The courses are focussed to help progression on your chosen career path, whilst allowing you to explore science.

Access to Higher Education: Science

Five highlights

  • 1 We are one of the few Access Courses to offer all L3 credit diplomas
  • 2 We have an excellent relationship with the local universities
  • 3 We offer trips in all of the pathways
  • 4 We have an excellent environment, with the South Downs next door
  • 5 We have an highly qualified and motivated course team

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 07.09.2020
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma


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Course code Location Course length Start date
SCI010CF1A Chichester Campus 1 Year 07.09.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

There are four Diploma titles to choose from: Ecology & Environmental Studies, Biomedical Science, Medicine and Chemistry combined with Biology. At your interview there will be a discussion about career goals, which will help you choose the right course. The biology syllabus stretches from the make up of the cell, through to the exact pathways that organisms use to liberate energy from their environment. There is a strong component of ecology, looking at the large scale picture of life on earth, as well as a module on human health and disease. The chemistry syllabus runs from the structure of the atom through to looking at complex chemical equilibria and why reactions occur at all. There is a strong practical element and close study of how chemistry shapes the world around us. Note: This course cannot be combined with A Levels.

How will I be taught?

Teaching varies from lectures to practical, with most sessions combining both.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed with a mixture of exams, workbooks, presentations and essays. The exact make up and balance of this depends on your specific pathway.

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