Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2023


Adult 19+

Looking to go to university to study a science-related degree?

This course has an excellent track record of getting its students onto the programme of their choice!

As well as specific subject knowledge, this course will help you put your education into practice.

This course is comprised of the following units:

• Algebra
• Finding and Reading Information
• Report Writing
• Speaking and Listening Skills
• Examination Skills: Preparing for and Succeeding in an Examination
• Preparation for Higher Education
• Cells
• Digestive System
• Homeostasis and Controlling Factors in the Body
• Medical Imaging
• Application of Health Physics
• Chemical Bonding
• Human Tissues and Systems
• Transition Metals
• Structure, Bonding and the Periodic Table
• Disease and Immunity
• The Endocrine System
• Reproductive System
• Properties of Matter

Learners will be assessed through coursework, presentations, debates and exams.

Work experience is highly desirable to support your UCAS application. You'll also need literacy skills - either via GCSE English or Level 2 Functional Skills.

The Access programme requires the study of 19 units, over 9 month period and therefore to successfully complete this programme you'll require a lot of self-discipline and resilience. It's designed for mature learners who have substantial work, personal or academic experience and can demonstrate that they have successfully overcome challenges before.

Access to HE Diploma courses are for students aged 19+ by 31st August in the year in which they start the Access programme. You must have, or be enrolled on, a level 2 Functional Skills or GCSE qualification in English and maths.

Course tutors have extensive experience in preparing students for:

  • Further and higher education programmes
  • Employment in related sectors

Learners can work alongside the course as they must only commit to two days a week at college for the diploma. We recommend finding relevant work experience to support their UCAS application, however this is not compulsory.

Guest speakers, including Nurses and Healthcare professionals, University Lecturers and Staff as well as previous students sharing their tips and experiences.

We support learners in signing up for master classes offered by universities.

Full 60 Credit Diploma with 45 credits graded units and 15 ungraded study skills.

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.

Successfully complete this course and you can move on to university!

OCNLR, the awarding organisation has partnership agreements with London South Bank University, Goldsmiths, University of London and a progression agreement with London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Options to study short courses to enhance employability and UCAS applications.

Lecturers with experience in medicine and the health and social care industry.

A previous BDC Nursing student won both the Michael Sergeant Award and Keith Fletcher Award for their achievements on the Access diploma.

Many students that have progressed to university and graduated with First Class Honours Degrees and senior roles in the NHS.

Previous learners gained places studying:

• Dentistry
• Biomedical Science
• Pharmacy
• Physics
• Radiography
• Engineering
• Veterinary Science