Access to Higher Education Diploma in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2023


Adult 19+

Want to study Pharmacy or Biomedical Sciences at university?

This level 3 course will help you get the qualifications needed to study pharmacy, biomedical sciences, or a related course, at university.

From discovering vital medical developments to improving the lives of others, the skills learnt studying pharmacy and biomedical sciences can be applied to a range of medical, scientific and research careers.

Previously, a BDC Nursing student won both the Michael Sergeant Award and Keith Fletcher Award for her achievements on the Access diploma.

Many students that have progressed to university have graduated with 1st degrees and now have senior roles in the NHS.

This course is comprised of the following units:

  • Algebra
  • Finding and Reading Information
  • Report Writing
  • Examination Skills: Preparing for and Succeeding in an Examination
  • Preparation for Higher Education
  • Speaking and Listening Skills
  • Cells
  • Disease and Immunity
  • Homeostasis and Controlling Factors in the Body
  • Human Tissues and Systems
  • The Digestive System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • Action and Uses of some Common Types of Drugs
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Properties of Matter

There are no centrally specified formal requirements for qualifications on entry; however there is usually the expectation that the learner will have literacy, communication skills and numeracy at Level 2 or above. In addition to this, it is likely that learners will need to hold GCSEs at grade 9-5/4 (A*-C) in English, Maths and Science, as these qualifications usually form part of the entry requirements for the degree courses that learners progress to.

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 speaker include, 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.

On completion of this course, you will have the qualifications needed to attend university, where you can study areas including:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Radiography
  • Chemistry

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

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course