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Qualification name Access to HE Diploma (Science)
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Open Awards
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 5th September 2022
Cost description For the latest fee information visit
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university. The Science route is for those who wish to progress on to degrees which will lead to careers in Science and Forensics. It is recommended that you research your preferred career pathway very carefully before starting your Level 3 studies.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

Biomedial/General pathway: GCSE Maths grade C/4+. GCSE Science/Biology grade C/4+. GCSE English grade C/4+ . No equivalents accepted except for Science where a BTEC Level 2 is acceptable. Physics/Chemistry pathway: GCSE Maths grade C/5+. GCSE Science/Ph

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The course consists of 20 units of study. Both the Science and the PCE (Physics, Chemistry and Engineering) pathways share generic content. The Science pathway includes Biology content and this is replaced with further Chemistry, Maths and Physics content on the PCE route. Developmental skills around information technology, maths, research and report writing are embedded in to these courses. Units are chosen to give you a broad knowledge base and understanding to equip you for higher level studies across a wide range of qualifications.

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Units are assessed either through assignments or through in class tests. Assignments and tests are submitted and kept in an electronic portfolio of evidence that is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Successful completion of the Access to HE Science pathway can lead to a wide range of science and science related university courses, including Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Health Professions and Forensics. Previous students have gone on to st

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