Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics (Pathway C)

Course Type Adult Learning
Start Date September 2020
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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics (Pathway C)

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics (Pathway C) is for those (19+) returning to education that wish to progress to a university degree programme.

This course is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in subjects such as Molecular Biology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, or Analytical Chemistry. This pathway is offered alongside the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) – Biology, Chemistry and Applied Science (Pathway A). Pathway A can also be studied as a part-time course on one day a week over two years. We also offer the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (Pathway B) that is more suitable for those wanting a degree and career in these subjects, or in any branch of engineering.

You may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your course fees which you will not need to repay if you progress to University and complete your degree.

• It is desirable if you have a clear idea of the university course that you would like to apply for
• Please check your Higher Education institute choice/s for their entry requirements
• Both maths and English GCSE grade 4 (or equivalent) are required for all Access to HE Diplomas (exceptions will be considered if you do not need this criteria in order to progress to your selected Higher Education Institute)
• You will need a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths for this pathway

Course Details

What will I learn?
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  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Cell Metabolism
  • Body Systems and Homeostasis
  • Medical Physics
  • Atomic Structure
  • Chemical Elements and Reactions
  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Functional Groups
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Advanced Mathematices

"I left the army in August 2016 after serving as a front-line medic for 7 years. I decided to visit the college to explore my options as I knew I wanted to pursue a career as a vet. I chose to study an Access to Higher Education course with pathways in Chemistry, Biology and Applied Science - alongside my GCSE maths and English. The staff at the college have been very supportive. Their industry experience and depth of knowledge has been invaluable to my journey. I recently had an interview at the University of Bristol and was offered a place at the School of Veterinary Sciences – one of only 6 in the UK. The college provided me with a stepping stone to my desired career."Rebecca Williams

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