Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This course is for you if you are an adult who wants to progress to a degree programme in Biology or Chemistry, or a related area such as Biomedical Sciences or Pharmacology, but do not currently have the necessary qualifications. Successful students could also progress to degrees in Pharmacy or Midwifery. You will need maturity and commitment to succeed on this course.
On the course learners will be required to complete units in the following modules:-
Specialist units in:
Study Skills in:
- Academic Skills
The Access to HE Diploma is an alternative route to higher education (HE) degree programmes. Please note that as part of the entry criteria, many universities will require English and Maths GCSEs at grades A- C in addition to the Access to HE Diploma qualification. You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended progression route before you apply for the Access course. Some HE institutions may accept alternative qualifications, such as Functional Skills level 2 or Qualifications taken outside of the UK.
For the Access to HE Diploma applicants should have at least both GCSE in English and Maths at grades A-C on entry (or evidence that an equivalent qualification, is accepted by your university of choice). In addition applicants will take a short pathway specific assessment. Those who pass all the assessments will be interviewed.
If you do not already have the entry qualifications, you could consider the following route in order to progress to the Access to HE programme:
Complete a two year programme: Year 1: studying GCSE English and Maths Year 2: Access to HE Diploma
If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum of 6.00 in IELTS alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification (a NARIC check will be required).
For more information please contact our Learner Information team.
Each module is assessed using a variety of criteria. You will be required to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection, reading and research of relevant information, time management and effective communication skills.
Each module carries a number of assessments. Depending on the module you will be assessed through combinations of the following; formal reports, presentations, in-class and practice assessments under controlled conditions, case studies and reflective statements.
- Written assignments
- Practical assessments
If you complete the course successfully you will be able to take up a place on a suitable BSc or HND programme. Degree programmes include Biomedical Sciences, Human Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Nutrition and Health, Neuroscience and Nursing Studies. Universities include King's College London, Royal Holloway, University College London (UCL), Roehampton University, University of Sussex and Queen Mary's.
Students/learners who at the time of application are predicted to achieve the Diploma will be guaranteed consideration for entry to a B.Sc. programme in Biomedical Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London and will be offered an interview. Students will be guaranteed conditional offers at London South Bank University at lower admissions requirements than their standard offer.
This course is designed solely for progression to Higher Education. Once you have a degree, there is a wide range of Science-based careers open to you. The precise nature of your possible career options depends on the degree course you complete.
You will have 11.5 hours of timetabled classes each week over three full days. You will learn in dedicated classrooms and laboratories. Work experience and work-based learning are not included as part of the course but for entry to some degree courses (e.g. Master of Pharmacy) gaining work experience in your own time will be necessary and we will help you to arrange this.