Access to HE Diploma in Science

Access to HE

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September 2019



Course introduction

If you are keen to pursue a scientific career in fields such as engineering, veterinary science, marine biology or Science teaching, then this Access course can help you achieve your goals.

Importantly, there are two course pathways from which you need to select depending on your intended career route.

Pathway 1 comprises Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. Meanwhile, Pathway 2 comprises Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

You will also develop the specialist study skills you will need to succeed at university such as academic writing, research and planning.

Why choose Brock for Access to HE Diploma in Science?

At Brock we provide specialist pastoral support to ensure you make an easy transition back into education.

Small class sizes, a focus on study and academic writing skills, and a dedicated Progression Advisor to assist you with your UCAS application, are all part of the Brock support package.

We will also help you build your knowledge and skills, helping you become a more confident self-directed learner who can make the switch to higher education relatively easily.

Teaching & learning

We combine proven teaching methods with a focus on fostering a deep understanding of the subject matter in order to help you reach your learning objectives.

You will engage in a range of learning activities, including: writing essays, delivering presentations, examining case studies and participating class discussions.

In addition, we will encourage you to read around your subject to enhance your understanding and apply your knowledge to unfamiliar situations, helping you become a more independent learner.

Course structure

The qualification comprises 60 credits, all at Level 3. Fifty-four credits are for academic content and six are for study skills.

Here is a breakdown of the study units:

Pathway 1:

1. Biology

In Biology you will study a range of topics including cell biology, organ systems and homeostasis.

2. Chemistry

Following an introduction to the subject you will study core principles of both chemistry and organic chemistry.

3. Psychology

Your Psychology unit begins with an introduction to developmental psychology and moves onto an in-depth study of psychological theories. You will also undertake a research project in an area of personal interest.


Pathway 2:

1. Chemistry

Following an introduction to the subject you will study core principles of both chemistry and organic chemistry.

2. Maths

This unit begins with an introduction to mathematics and is followed by a study of algebra, geometry and sequences. You will also undertake a research project in an area of personal interest.

3. Physics

In Physics you will study the core principles of the subject, nuclear physics, thermal physics, and will plan and carry out a practical investigation.


Both pathways:

1. Academic Writing

This unit will give you the writing skills you need to perform well at university. It also covers effective research, referencing and essay planning.

2. Study Skills

Picking up effective study skills such as time management and organisation is covered thoroughly by this unit. Study Skills will also help you with your UCAS application and university interviews.

Minimum entry requirements

To study Access Maths and Physics you are required to have GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C) or above. Most universities require Maths and English GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above. You should achieve these grades before starting an Access course. 

Access to Higher Education is aimed solely at students aged 19+ who want to go to university and is accepted by universities for their courses.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment (bullets)

  • Coursework
  • Independent research
  • Exam

What can I do with this qualification?

By successfully completing this Access course in Science you can apply to university to study a degree in subjects such as Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Veterinary Science and Secondary (Science) Teaching.

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