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Access to HE Science

  • Course Type: Access to HE

What can this course lead to?

The CAVA Access Diploma is QAA recognized and is accepted by UK universities nationwide as a standard entry qualification for most degree courses. Each Access course is specifically designed with university progression in mind, and tutors will guide you through the HE application process.

This course can lead to a range of degree courses and careers, for example:

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

Who is it for?

If you are a mature student with the ambition to go to university but lack the level 3 qualifications, an Access to Higher Education course is a fantastic solution.

The Access to Higher Education course is a 1-year full-time course specifically 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.

What is covered?

This science course covers a wide range of content and is ideal for people who want to progress to degrees in the core sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) or allied health professions (e.g. nursing, midwifery). You will study:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Medical physics
  • Health and disease
  • Microbiology
  • Maths for science

You will also be trained in study skills to help you make the most of your time on the course and to become an effective undergraduate at university.

Towards the end of your course, you will complete an individual science research project in a topic area that interests you. Units are highly practical so you will become proficient in good laboratory practice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For entry onto the Access to Higher Education Science and Health course students must hold a: Level 2 Science qualification (such as GCSE Science at grade A*/9 – C/4, BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science at Merit or Pre-Access Certificate with core science content) and GCSE English and Maths at grade A*/9 – C/4.

Foreign equivalents and Functional Skills Level 2 can be considered on a case by case basis.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
1 Year Full-time

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 19-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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