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Access to HE Diploma (Science)

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About the course

Studying the science pathway provides a foundation for a range of science and health degrees, for example, forensic science, applied science or biology. You’ll study the three key science topics; biology, chemistry and physics, alongside the skills you need for academic success. Science professionals are amongst the most sought after in the world, and you’ll have the choice of a host of exciting careers and the ability to make a real difference.

Topics and units

  • Medical Physics
  • Radioactivity
  • Optics and Sound
  • Introduction to Cells
  • Human Nutrition and the Digestive System
  • Human Reproduction, Growth and Development
  • Brain Structure and Function
  • Respiration and Circulation
  • Atomic Structure
  • Bonding
  • Periodic Table
  • Functional Groups
  • Chemical Change
  • Technical Skills for Writing
  • Preparing to Study
  • Progressing to Higher Education
  • The Investigative Process
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Extended Essay

Careers and progression

The programme provides UCAS points that will allow you to apply for courses in a wide range of fields including those within the health sector.

Careers: Radiography, physiotherapy, occupational health, biomedical science, animal behaviour, forensic science

Entry requirements

3-5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English. Routes are available if you need to attain GCSE maths/English

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

To find out more information about our courses and college life, you can visit an open event to meet our team and check out our facilities for yourself.


Part time


1 year

Start date



Haybridge Road




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Upcoming events

Open event
09 October 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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Open event
13 November 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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Christmas Fayre and Professional Skills Open Event
04 December 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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