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Access to Higher Education Diploma – Life Science

About the course

The Life Science pathway will show you that biology is both exciting and very relevant to our daily lives. The programme begins by helping you to understand the basic concepts of biology. You will learn about health and disease through existing medical research and in Term 2 you will carry out your own investigation in the laboratory. Alongside this you will learn core skills in IT, presentation and communication. This programme is challenging but also fun and extremely interesting too!

Entry requirements

FS English Level 2 (or working towards)
FS Maths Level 1 (or working towards)
We will consider exceptions to this requirement, subject to any other qualifications or evidence of the required competencies.

Who is it suitable for?

  • Those wanting to go to university but without the required qualifications (e.g. A Levels, BTEC Diploma)
  • Those with a specific interest in Life Sciences (e.g. biology, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedic science, radiography, forensic science, occupational therapy, bioscience and biomedical science).

Please note: there is no upper age limit

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Why study?

Our students find this course challenging but also fun and interesting. If you have an interest in Life Sciences but do not have the relevant or required qualifications to progress, this course will provide you wish those skills to give you a head start. Access to HE provides an excellent preparation for mature students wanting to go to university but who may not have recent study experience or the qualifications required. The course also offers many transferable skills desirable in today’s job market.

Where will this course take me?

A high percentage of our students progress onto University on a variety of courses. Students are also able to progress onto employment or other training and development. The Access diploma will give you a solid grounding for when you commence your university degree, (BA, BSc), Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma.

Some of our previous students have gone on to work as:

  • Care Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Occupational Support Worker
  • Physiotherapy Support Worker
  • Voluntary overseas worker
  • Lab Technician

There are also opportunities within pathology and phlebotomy.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Microscopy
  • Plant & Animal Cell Biology
  • Foundations of Biology
  • Nutrition & Digestion
  • Circulatory & Respiratory Systems
  • Independent Research
  • Examination SkillsAcademic Study Skills
  • Application of Number
  • Use of the Internet

Optional modules

  • Research Skills for Biological Science
  • DNA & Cell Replication         
  • Disease & Immunity
  • Human Reproduction & Growth
  • Health & Safety in the Learning Environment
  • Health & Disease: An Introduction
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • Functional Skills English
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE English

How will I be assessed?

Various, including:

  • Written reports
  • Written Tests
  • Essays
  • Practical Assessments
  • Presentations
  • Log books
  • Research
  • Interviews
  • Group work
  • Role play

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need basic equipment such as pens, paper and a USB memory stick.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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