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Starts: 13/09/2022

Duration: 1 Year(s)

Where: Harrow on the Hill Campus

When: Monday-Thursday 09:00 to 17:00

Entry Requirements

A relevant Level 2 qualification and a preference of GCSE 9-4 (grade A*- C) in English and maths.

Who is the course for

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university. The qualification gives you the relevant academic subject knowledge needed for higher education study and the opportunity to develop study skills to help you to succeed. It is well established and widely accepted by universities, qualifying for UCAS tariff points that are comparable to the tariff points for three A levels.

Course Content

A variety of subjects are covered; Study skills, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology.

Study Methods

You will be taught through classroom teaching, homework learning, practical activities, presentations, group work and research.

How is the course assessed

Course work including practicals, essays, exams and presentations. A portfolio of completed work is submitteed to the Awarding Body at the end of the course. Successful students receive a nationally validated Access Diploma from the Open College Network London Region.

Where next - Further Studies

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Science. Due to the unique range of units, this course offers a wider scope for progression when compared to other Access courses. Progression may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Engineering, Neuroscience, Radiography, Ecology, Nutrition, Mathematics and a range of related degrees.

Where next - Job Opportunities

With further training or study, students go into careers such as:

*Forensic Science

*Food Technology

*Analytical Science

*Quality Control

*Environmental Science


More Information

Harrow College's Access Higher Education Diploma courses offer localised learning in an affordable and supportive environment to progress your learning to the next stage. The college has excellent links with universities and will work to actively progress your education.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma course involves approximately 15 hours of tuition per week, supplemented with home based study. You will receive tuition in English, Maths, IT and Study Skills in addition to your specialist subject. Your personal tutor and the Careers team will offer you support and advice throughout your course.

Some students may be eligible to apply for the Discretionary Learner Support Fund; financial support may be available towards childcare.

How to Apply

To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

  • Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
  • Post - if you would prefer to submit a paper form please click here to download a copy. Please fill it out and return it to: Admissions, Harrow College, Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3AQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Starts: 13/09/2022

Duration: 1 Year(s)

Where: Harrow on the Hill Campus

When: Monday-Thursday 09:00 to 17:00