Access to HE Diploma: Science

When and Where

9 Sep 2019 - 24 Jun 2020 (459 hours, 34 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 09:45 - 12:45
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 11:30
Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30
Morley College London


Full fee
£3384 Student loan information
Concession fee
Concession Fee discount not applicable
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Julia Rey-Nores de Labeta, Fiona Murray, , Maggie Baird
Course code

This course may be free. To find out if you are eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan and Fee Remission, click here

What you will learn

An Access to HE Diploma in Science could be your first step towards a career in science or engineering. This daytime programme provides a thorough grounding in scientific principles and practical skills in preparation for a wide range of science-based degrees, such as biomedical sciences, biochemistry, ecology, chemistry, pharmaceutical science, physics, civil, mechanical, electronic or chemical engineering, or Earth science. You can select modules that match your interests and progression aim. All students take study skills and select three modules from the following: biology, chemistry, physics, physics for engineering, and maths.

Class format and activities

This is a flexible Access programme offering a choice of pathways to fit different progression aims. The programme prepares students for degree courses such as Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology, Biomedical Science, Engineering (eg Mechanical/Civil/Electrical/Aeronautical/Petroleum), Physical Sciences and Earth Science. It also prepares students for health related degree courses such as radiography, dietetics and physiotherapy.

To achieve the Access to HE Diploma students must achieve 60 credits: 45 @ L3 (graded) and 15 @ L3 (ungraded study skills). All students attend one session per week for Tutorial and Study Skills. Students then select three options from: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics for Engineering and Maths.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over.
• You should have GCSEs in Maths and English (grades A – C or grades 4 - 9) or a recognised equivalent. You will need these two qualifications in addition to the Access to HE Diploma to progress to university.
• Pass an entry test in English and Maths

What you need to know before you enrol

Your Access course will be very enjoyable, but also requires real dedication and commitment if you are going to succeed. Your course requires attendance around two and a half days a week and the course runs from the beginning of September to the end of June. We endeavour to prepare students for the demands of a University degree course in just nine short months. It is therefore essential that you think about how you are going to balance work, family and social life with your studies. Assessment of the Access to HE diploma is by coursework completed throughout the year. You will be expected to do regular reading and written work in addition to your attendance in classes.

Applicants for many degrees in the sciences, and all those in the health professions, sit entry tests in English and Maths at the university, as well as attend a group or individual interview. Applicants are expected to show a high degree of verbal and written communication skills. For those interested in health profession degrees work experience in a relevant health or care setting is normally an essential entry requirement (either through paid employment or voluntary work).

What you will need for your class

Paper, pens, pencil, ruler, scientific calculator

What you can do next

This Access programme prepares students for science-based degree courses such as:

• Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science or Pharmacology
• Biosciences or Biomedical Science
• Engineering (e.g. Mechanical/Civil/Electrical/Aeronautical/Petroleum)
• Physical Sciences
• Earth or Planetary Science

This Access programme also prepares students for health related degree courses such as:

• Radiography
• Dietetics
• Physiotherapy
• Paramedic Science