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Programme Description


Access courses are aimed at mature students wishing to prepare for study at university or in higher education. They offer a second chance to students without formal qualifications or to students wishing to change career direction.

To succeed on an Access course, students need to be motivated, enthusiastic, able to manage time effectively and be ready to study.

The Access to Science course is a 1-year course in which you will study the subjects of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics and other core modules including an extended project. It focuses on the practical aspects of Science and you will spend a significant amount of lesson time carrying out practical work. The course offers progression to most Science courses at Higher Education. The course is 3 full days a week and focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding which will enable you to be successful in higher education.

At a Glance

  Full Time

  1 year

  Graig Campus

Programme Features


Access to Science is ideal for those who wish to study Mathematics or science based subjects at university level eg. Bio-chemistry, Physiotherapy, Physics and Maths. Achieving the Access Diploma is not based upon passing examinations and the course is assessed through a variety of assignments, taking the form of essays, presentations and reports. The course benefits from a range of interesting topic areas taught by well qualified, supportive and enthusiastic staff. In addition to these, separate lessons are timetabled to build the skills of communication and numeracy up to the required standard for university entry.

Programme Content


The course involves the successful studying and assessment of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics: all at level 3, or A Level equivalent. A genuine aptitude, interest and level of prior attainment is essential, so that each student can succeed in each subject area.

You will also have tutorials where we study wider skills, UCAS applications, communication skills, applicaiton of number and improve your digital literacy, ready for the demands of university and academic study.

Progression & Employment


Students who successfully complete the course would be eligible to apply for HND or Degree courses in a science related subject area.

In recent years, our students have enjoyed a greater success rate and are now studying in a variety of Scientific Courses at University including Paramedic Science, Audiology, Pharmacy, Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.

A student completed the Access to Science course in 2018 and is now at Bath University studying Pharmacy. Another student completed the Access to Science course in 2017 and is now at Swansea University studying Chemistry.

Method of Assessment


Achieving the Diploma itself is not dependent on passing an examination, each module will be assessed through a combination of assignments, seminars, presentations, formal essay, tests and exams, and group discussion.

It is a one year intensive course and all units must be passed to gain the full Diploma. All students are required to attend at least 92% of all lectures each term as it requires determination, commitment and resilience to meet the demands of the course.  There is an expectation that there will be independent study, in your own time. 

Entry Requirements


All successful candidates must have GCSE Maths (Grade C), GCSE Science Single Award (Grade C), GCSE English (Grade C).

Applicants without the relevant qualifications, or equivalents, will have to take the SFFS (pre-Access) course first and the relevant GCSEs, as required, to ensure they are able to progress on to the suitable pathway. The SFFS is offered part time in the evenings, or full time over three days on Graig campus

Additional Costs


All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.