Access to HE Diploma (Science)

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Why study this course?


Access to HE Science course is designed for adult learners who may not hold traditional qualifications such as A’ Levels, but who want to study at degree level. The course is designed to give relevant academic knowledge and skills before progression to higher education and are widely recognised by universities as alternative qualifications.

The course provides a pathway onto a variety of Higher Education degree courses at different universities or HNC/ HND in Halesowen College. Students have access to a wide range of science degrees at excellent universities, including: Radiography, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Science (Birmingham City University), Nutrition and Dietetics (Coventry University), Marine Biology Biodiversity (Swansea University), Nursing and Physiotherapy (Wolverhampton University).

Once you are a qualified you may wish to pursue a career as a…

  • Radiographer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Laboratory technician (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Paramedic
  • Podiatrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietetics
  • Environmental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Prosthetics
  • Speech Therapist
  • Engineer
  • Prosthetics
  • Speech Therapist
  • Engineer

Course content

The course includes a range of different modules designed to give the students relevant skills and knowledge required to progress onto a chosen degree course. Along with the three main modules (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) students will also work on their Study Techniques and have a tutorial guidance for a UCAS application.

The list below are some of the units studied on the Access to HE SCIENCE Diploma (subject to change)


  • Biochemistry
  • Energetics
  • Atomic Structure
  • Periodic Table


  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Disease and Prevention
  • Human nutrition and the digestive system
  • Respiration and Circulation


  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Optics and Sound
  • Radioactivity
  • Medical Physics

There are a range of strategies used to assess each unit on the social work diploma, these vary and could come in the form of a presentation, a professional discussion, essay, podcast, academic poster, report or video. Each assessment will be marked and graded by your lecturer and then returned to you along with useful feedback and tips for improvement.

Entry requirements

You require a GCSE grade C/ 4 in English Language or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills English.

It is desirable to have GCSE grade C/ 4 in Maths or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills Maths as well. If not, you can study this alongside your Access Diploma, as you will need it for your Degree qualification.


You will need access to notebooks and stationery.

Day, time and duration

Tuesday (Microsoft Teams) 9am – 2.40pm

Wednesday (Shenstone House ) 9.30am-2.30pm

Friday (Shenstone House) 9.15am-4.15pm

Start date

September 2024


If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 – 23 years, this course may be free 

An Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course 

If applying for an Advanced Learning Loan we will need evidence of application before enrolment can be completed, we can also support you to make this application 


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