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About the course

This is a one-year intensive course for mature students (aged 19+). It is designed to prepare you for study on a science-related bachelor’s degree program. The Diploma may also be a beneficial qualification for students looking to go directly into employment in a number of science and health care related professions, where Level 3 qualifications are required.

What you will study

  • Biological science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Study skills
  • English and maths


  • Assessment is on-going and developed through a portfolio of course work. A large proportion of your work will be essay or assignment based but you can also expect exams, presentations and project work

Entry requirements

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • GCSEs - grades A* - C / 9 - 4 in English and maths preferred, however, each application will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Selection is by interview, initial screening, literacy and numeracy tests

Costs and loans

  • The Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course

Moving forward

  • Science BA (Hons)
  • Pharmaceutical Science Foundation Degree
  • Various science or health related Degree courses at university (Radiography, Physiotherapy, Sport Science, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Nutrition…)

Additional Information

  • Access is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain 100% attendance
  • You are expected to self-study for a minimum of 10 extra hours a week in order to manage strict work deadlines and to cope with the workload

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