Access to HE: Science

A fast-track route into university for mature applicants (19+) who may not have formal qualifications who want to study science related degrees.

This course provides teaching and learning to enable mature students (19+) to gain the skills and knowledge to cope well with the academic demands of Higher Education.

Access courses are open to mature candidates with sufficient interest and commitment who are academically able to study on a level 3 course. It is appropriate for those returning to education after a number of years in employment or bringing up a family. A high level of motivation is required to complete the course.

The Guildford college Access to HE Diploma is validated by Laser Learning Awards and carries the Access kite mark, a guarantee of high standards. Guildford College has links with local universities, although many students progress to universities much further afield as well. The course is taught by highly qualified staff who have considerable experience in teaching adult students.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19 or over, and you want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE programme, if you go on to complete a higher education/university level course. This means you do not have to repay it. If you don’t go on to study a higher education/university level course, you won’t need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725 per year. Contact us for more details.

Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19–23 and this will be your first eligible, full Level 3 course, then you may be able to do this course for free.

  • Mathematics:
  • Mathematics for HE
  • Calculus
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Pathogens and Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Chemistry
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • ISU: Mandatory Unit
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Scientific Project

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed including lectures, seminars, small group work and class discussions.

Students who complete the Access to Science Diploma can progress to university to study for degrees in Biological or Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Pharmacology, Sports Science, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Forensics, Radiography and other science related degrees.

To be eligible for a place on this programme, you must have a GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.
Please note: If you wish to go on to study a medicine degree, most universities require five GCSEs, including English, maths, and science at grades 7–9 (A–A* equivalent).

Applicants are advised to contact their university of choice to confirm the criteria.
Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience, and this will also be checked at interview.
Applicants must be aged over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3 and may have the opportunity to re-take either a maths or English GCSE alongside this course.

If you don’t meet the entry criteria, don’t worry! We have a range of one-year, Pre-Access courses available to help you get started.
There is also a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

You will be provided with a course handbook detailing the structure and processes of the programme. Guidance is given throughout the course in subject choices, study skills, career and higher education opportunities.

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