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Level 3 Diploma Access to HE - Science

Subject Area

Access to HE

Student Type


Study Mode

Full Time

What is the course about?

Would you love to pursue a career in science? Even if you have not studied for some time, this course will help you to develop your academic skills and confidence, setting you on a path to study a science-related degree at university or other higher education courses at college.

Why should I choose the course?

The access to science will give you the qualification you need to progress on to university or further study in your chosen subject area. This access course offers a wide range of progression on to science-based subjects such as chemistry and biological science. It can also lead to degrees in radiography, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, health science, biological science and paramedic science.

What will I learn?

All the access to higher education courses are designed to develop your academic skills and support those who have not studied for some time. If you have been in education more recently, you will be able to develop your academic skills further.

You will study core biology units including cell biology and reproduction, and skeletons and muscles. You will also complete a practical investigation in a topic of your choice as well as studying an introduction to statistics.

Please note units may be subject to change.

You will be assessed during the course as each unit is taught and completed. You will be assessed through a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, research projects, and exams. The course is delivered on a blended model, with most sessions being face to face and a small part delivered online.

What will the course lead on to?

Students who achieve this qualification can go on to university to study degrees in subjects including biology, chemistry, radiography, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and paramedic science.

Are there any links with industry and university?

Universities expect adults who apply for some vocational degrees to have previous relevant paid or voluntary experience. If you do not already have this experience, you will be required to organise relevant experience before you begin the course. If you require advice about which type of experience would help your university application, ask to speak to our Careers Advisor based in Learner Services.

What support is available?

All HE students receive termly one-to-one tutorials with their programme leader to support them with their progress on programme. You will also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as mental health, managing finances, support for single parents, and working online. In addition, you can access a programme of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing, and time management.

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required, and a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support, and help when needed. All HE students have access to a designated progress coach who can also provide welfare support.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

During your course your learning will be enhanced by dedicated tutors who have a wide range of industry knowledge and experience. The college features a dedicated laboratory, allowing you to develop valuable skills in a realistic setting. Throughout your course you will also benefit from our fantastic industry connections, which will enable you to gain valuable industry insight and hear from professionals currently working in the field. We have excellent progression rates on to higher education, with many students securing a place at their first-choice university.

What are the entry requirements?

Most universities ask for GCSE English Language and/or GCSE maths at 4/C or above, in addition to the access diploma, in order to be eligible to apply for certain degrees. You are therefore advised to research your intended degree and the universities you intend to apply to, in order to confirm their specific entry requirements. For this reason, you will be required to have a minimum of GCSE English Language and/or GCSE maths at 4/C or above for entry onto the access course.

What are my funding options?


If you are aged 19 or over, studying a level 3 or above course, you will now be required to pay tuition fees. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan for this course. For more information, please contact Learner Services on 01925 494494 for advice on financial support, or visit Financial Support","Warrington & Vale Royal College (<\/a><\/p>"]

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

Apart from the course and examination fees, you will need the usual student stationery such as pens, paper, and files. The purchase of textbooks is not compulsory - there is a wide selection of books available in our dedicated Learning Resource Centre. Should you wish to purchase textbooks, your subject tutors will recommend suitable books.

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32 Weeks
Class Times
09:15 - 15:15
Warrington Campus
Mon, Thu, Fri
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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Fees Information
FREE* if you are 19-23 studying for your first full level 3 qualification. This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. *Ts&Cs apply.
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