Level 3 Access to HE Science

Qualification Level 3 Access to HE Science
Subject Area Access
Attendance Full Time
Age Group(s) Adults
Duration 1 Year

Course Content

A one year course designed to equip over 19s with the skills, confidence and academic qualification to enable them to progress to university. As a learner on this qualification you will be offered a coherent, integrated and supported year of study through which you will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate study in a range of science and biomedical related progression routes.


  • To provide HE progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances do not have the necessary qualifications
  • To give learners a general introduction to the basic concepts, methods and key areas of knowledge within the core disciplines taken and offer a coherent and stimulating framework within which they can broaden their intellectual outlook and make connections between subject areas;
  • To help learners to develop and consolidate the various skills required to enable them to cope successfully with the demands of undergraduate study and to become independent, self-directed learners
  • To establish a positive and supportive learning environment within which learners can build their confidence through successful learning and the sharing of their experience.

The course is 12 hours a week class contact time over 3 or 4 days. At least 20 hours per week self-directed study. 32 weeks.

Course Outcomes

Gaining the fundamentals in Science through studying subjects such as:

  • Atoms, particles and formulae
  • Algebra
  • Mole calculations
  • Use of common types of drugs
  • Cells
  • Cardiovascular system
  • The Endocrine System

Completion of the course will lead to students progressing to university to undertake a foundation degree or a degree in science and science-related areas.


Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Sciences and Biomedical Science. These may include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Ophthalmic

Entry Requirements

GCSE maths and English grade C or above GCSE science grade C or above Complete initial assessments in English and maths and a short piece of writing at the interview session to assess suitability for the course.


Assessment consists of:

  • Formal written examinations
  • Oral presentations
  • Formal essays
  • Written reports
  • Assignments
  • Exams

At any one time you will be working on at least 3/4 different assignments all due at the same time.

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