Level 3 - Access to Higher Education - Science

Course Summary
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university. The course is structured to allow you to develop both knowledge of their subjects and the academic skills to progress to university. You will develop academic study skills which will prepare you for study at higher education level. Your Personal Development Tutor will provide support and guidance throughout the programme and will encourage you to reflect on your progress, identify your strengths and areas to develop and will be there to help you to stay on track. Our Science pathway is a challenging programme which develops in-depth understanding in the fields of biology, physics and chemistry. You will develop an extensive understanding of the natural sciences through a combination of theory and practical sessions, delivered and facilitated by highly knowledgeable and experienced teachers who understand the requirements of higher education and how to prepare you to progress there.

Entry Requirements
You are expected to have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. You should also submit a piece of written work which summarises your experiences to date and why you are enrolling on an Access to HE Diploma. You are encouraged to research the entry requirements of the HE programmes you aspire to progress to, prior to your interview for the programme, to ensure they will accept an Access to HE Diploma and if they have any other requirements.

Next Steps
This programme will qualify you to progress onto higher level study at the College or university.

Fee Information
Fees (if shown) are full fees (reduced fees may be available for some courses depending on your circumstances).
Your course may be FREE if you are:
  • Aged 19+ (subject to eligibility) and earning less than £17,374.50 per year (£1,447 per month) studying on Level 1 or Level 2 courses*
  • Aged 16-18 years
  • Aged 19-23 years and studying for your first full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualification

  • * from 1 April 2022 earnings limit is increased to £18,525 per year (£1,543 per month)
Depending on the cost of your course, you could pay your course fees in instalments to spread the cost over the duration of the course.

Where and When

 Ellesmere Port Campus
 35 Weeks

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