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Access to Higher Education and Employment: Science

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Course outline

If you have a passion for science but not the formal qualifications to get onto a university-level course in sciences or health sciences, this course will provide the bridge you need.

The course will prepare you for university study as well as future employment. In addition to studying core subjects you will also cover units to develop study skills and academic writing. 

Subject areas you will be studying include:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Human biology
  • Maths
  • Psychology

English and maths - skills for your future
Employers and universities really value skills in English and maths. So we’ll help you build on your existing knowledge of these subjects throughout your course, to help prepare you for your future career or further study.

Enterprise skills
Our courses are designed to help you achieve your ambitions, whether you plan to go on to a higher level of study or start a career. Employability and study skills will be included to help you develop the broad skills required by industry. They will vary from course to course and are designed to meet local and national employer needs.

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Location Date(s) Course code


Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6AB


05 September 2017 - 29 June 2018

Course code:


CAVA Access to HE Diploma


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

As the majority of our Access students are returning to learning as adults, we consider a range of experience when accepting students onto an Access programme.  All students will be assessed to see what level they are learning at, particularly the level of English and maths skills, as these will be key to success whilst on a programme at Central.  Your experience and level of study will be assessed at interview and this will determine your offer of a place at College.

The standard entry requirements for a level 3 programme at the college is currently:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C/9 to 4, including English Language and maths; or 
  • A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and maths at GCSE Grade A* to C/9 to 4 

Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE English Language and maths Grade A* to C/9 to 4.

Teaching & assessment

Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university. This may include an extended essay, timed assessments under controlled conditions and report writing.


The majority of our students who achieve their Access to HE Diplomas progress onto Science and Health Sciences undergraduate programmes of study, many of them with local universities.

Want to know more about the careers this course could open up to you? Check out Career Coach here!

Additional information

A number of extra-curricular activities and trips are offered to enhance the learning experience and there is likely to be a cost if you wish to take part.

If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 course you may not have to pay any tuition fees.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay for this course. If you then go on to complete a higher education course that is eligible for student finance, you will not have to repay any outstanding balance on your Advanced Learner Loan, as it will be ‘written off’ by Student Finance England.

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