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Science Access to Higher Education

Level 3 - Advanced

Science Access to Higher Education

On this Science - Access to Higher Education, you will study the key science topics including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. You will also develop study skills including essay writing, research and exam preparation. By the end of the course, successful students will have the confidence to apply for a university level course.

The course is an intensive course, which includes units in Biological, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Study skills. All students are allocated a tutor, for pastoral support, as well as to help with UCAS.

The Diploma is made up of units that amount to 60 L3 credits. The 60 credits include 15 credits in Biology, 15 credits in chemistry, 9 credits in Physics, 6 credits in Maths and 15 credits in Study skills.

Access courses are open to mature candidates with sufficient interest and commitment who are academically able to study on a level 3 course. It is appropriate for those returning to education after a number of years in employment or bringing up a family. A high level of motivation is required to complete the course.



Matthew Boulton College




Sutton Coldfield College



* Courses are free for 16-18s. Students aged 19 or over could be charged fees and is subject to a fee assessment. Learners on benefits in the majority of cases courses are also free. Fee assessments are completed at enrolment.

Course Length: 33 Weeks

You will need to have GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above. You will also need to have suitable life experience outside of formal education and a strong desire to pursue a science based career. Applicants need to be 19 years old or over.

This course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations.  Coursework may involve essays, presentations, reports, discussions and a portfolio of evidence.

Students progress onto science related degrees and university courses requiring a high science content. Past students have progressed onto radiology, dietetics, biomedical, nursing, physiotherapy, zoology, marine biology and chemistry amongst many others.

We work with companies in the health sector such as Alder Hey Hospital – Intensive care unit; companies in Ecology and conservation such as Birmingham Canals society; companies who work in environmental areas such as Severn Trent Water company.

  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Practical Investigation (Biology)
  • Biomolecules and Key Biochemical Principles (CUA)
  • Aspects of Human Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Skeleton and Muscles
  • Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Practical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Practical Organic Chemistry
  • Core Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Spectroscopy
  • Core Principles of Chemistry (CUA)
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • Developing Skills for Studying
  • and Radiology.

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