Access to HE Diploma: Science

When and Where

7 Sep 2020 - 16 Jun 2021 (419 hours, 34 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 13:30 - 16:30
Monday 09:45 - 12:45
Tuesday 09:30 - 11:30
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30
Online Plus (Waterloo Centre)


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

Quick Facts

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

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, and maths.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Study Skills: Note taking and note making, Writing standard English (option), Examination Skills (option), Finding and reading information, Report writing, Speaking and Listening (15 credits)
  • Biology: Cells, Human biology, Photosynthesis and respiration, Genes and Inheritance, Biological chemistry (15 credits)
  • Chemistry: Matter: particles and formulae, Amount (mole) of a substance, Chemical kinetics, The chemistry of aqueous solutions, Organic chemistry (option) (15 credits)
  • Physics: Electricity, Waves, Atomic Physics, Algebra, Medical imaging (option) (15 credits)
  • Maths: Numerical methods, Functions and graphs, Trigonometry, Calculus (15 credits)
  • Individual Project – planning and conducting a scientific investigation (3 credits)

Class format and activities

This is a flexible Access programme offering a choice of pathways to fit different progression aims. The course will be offered as an online plus course, and will be supported through use of MS Teams and Moodle. In-person sessions will be offered at our Waterloo centre. 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, and Maths. Achievement on your course will be measured by completion of assignments. Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to another course.

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. • We do not require you to have any formal qualifications in Science, although prior knowledge in Science is very beneficial. Morley College offer a range of short courses in all aspects of Science in our 'Key Concepts in Science' series. These courses are excellent preparation for undertaking a future Access to HE course in Science.

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. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. 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 outside of class time in addition to your attendance in classes. , , Applicants for many degrees in the sciences, and all those in the health professions, will be required to attend a group or individual interview with the University. 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

You will require paper, pens, pencil, ruler, graph paper and a 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,