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Access to HE Science and Health


Type: Full Time

Subject: Science


Start Date: 02 September 2019

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

1 Year Full–time


Level 3

Who is it for

The Access to Higher Education course is specifically designed for motivated individuals aged 19 and over who wish to go on to study a degree, progress in their career, or simply extend their knowledge after being out of formal education for some time.

Interview Skills Assessment

You will be required to attend a Welcome Event – details will be provided upon application.

What will I need

For entry onto the Access to Higher Education Science and Health course students must hold:
• GCSE science at grade A*/9 – C/4 or equivalent
• GCSE maths at grade A*/9 – C/4)
• GCSE English at grade A*/9 – C/4)

However, formal qualifications may not be necessary for entry to this course if you are able to demonstrate extensive and relevant industry experience.

What is covered

Units you will study include biology, chemistry, medical physics, health and disease, practical microbiology, maths for science, and a major science project of your own choice. You will also be trained in study skills to make the most of your time on the course and at university. In addition, optional units give you the chance to tailor the course to your progression needs and interests. These optional units offered include a range of human physiology subjects, chemistry laboratory techniques, advanced physics, psychology and mental health, zoology and ecology, archaeology, and forensic investigation. Completion of optional units will then allow you to achieve a total of 60 credits in order to be awarded the Access Diploma.

The course is specifically designed with university progression in mind and tutors will guide you through the HE application process, in addition to teaching you how to be an effective undergraduate.

How is the course assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including examinations, coursework, and observations of practical laboratory work and formal presentation skills.

What can this course lead to

The CAVA Access Diploma is QAA recognised and is accepted by UK universities as a standard entry qualification for degree courses. Each Access Diploma is designed to offer you the chance to return to study and prepare yourself for degree study.

This course can lead to a range of degree courses and careers in:

• Biological Sciences
• Adult/child/mental health nursing
• Midwifery
• Physiotherapy
• Dental hygiene
• Biomedical Science, genetics and microbiology
• Operating department practice
• Physics
• Radiography
• Pharmaceutical sciences
• Chemistry and chemical engineering
• Forensic science, crime and investigative studies
• Food science, nutrition and dietetics
• Ecology and environmental science
• Archaeology
• Marine biology and zoology

Are there any additional costs

You should obtain a scientific calculator. Laboratory coats are provided but you may wish to purchase your own.

Other details

The CAVA Access Diploma is QAA recognised and is accepted by UK universities as a standard entry qualification for degree courses. To find out more about CAVA please visit

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