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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Ref. 400/0884/8

Online classroom based course with study materials, tutor support and no exam

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Online + live classes
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Video with subtitles and transcript
9 months · Part-time
Level 3 Diploma
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price, and must be purchased separately
  • Tutor is available to students
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The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.


Level 3 Diploma

Regulated by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

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To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Ref. 400/0884/8 learners must achieve:

  • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only.
  • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

The following are the Unit titles for this Diploma:

  • Cell Biology
  • Body Systems and Homeostasis
  • Aspects of Animal Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Respiration & Circulation
  • Environmental Issues
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Practical Scientific Project
  • Physics
  • An Introduction to Ecology
  • The Investigative Process, Principles & Practical Skills (U)
  • Using the Internet & Email (U)
  • Study Techniques (U)
  • Understanding & Responding to Texts (U)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career within the fields of Science. In our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science), you will develop research skills and the ability to gather, analyse and report on complex scientific data. Science graduates are highly employable, both in specialist areas such as forensic investigation, but also in other associated fields requiring an enquiring, scientific and legal mind.


No formal qualifications required - apply now - limited places!

Must be motivated

Must be prepared to follow teachers' instructions

Must have a quiet place to study

Must have a computer with broadband connection

Career path

Degree subjects, leading to careers such as:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Detective Forensic scientist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Sports scientist
  • Nutritionist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Science writer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Environmental manager
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Waste management officer
  • Virolologist
  • Pharmacist

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body's logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.