Access to Higher Education: Combined Sciences

Our Combined Sciences Access course prepares you for degree-level study in a variety of Science-related degree courses. You will study units in Biology and Chemistry and develop your research skills, ready for your degree.

The people who come onto Access courses often feel they did not fulfil their potential at school. They may have spent many years in unsatisfying work, been at home looking after children or have otherwise been in a situation where they have needed to take a decision about bringing about a change in their lives.

What they all do have in common is a thirst for knowledge and a desire to carry on with their education. Many students from Access have progressed successfully onto study at degree level and then onto their chosen career.





Level 3

Course Type



Access to HE

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Options Course Code Starts Ends From To Standard Fee Overseas Fee
apply 60203-01 11/09/23 28/06/24 09:30 15:00 £3384 £3687

What will I study?

During this year-long course, you will study Biology and Chemistry and develop your research skills, ready for your chosen degree course. These units will give you the necessary qualification to progress to a degree in Pharmacy, Environmental Science and Ecology and Conservation. The course is made up of 60 credits, of which 45 are graded, and 15 are un-graded.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

You must hold GCSE English or Maths at C /4 or above and retake the other alongside the Access course if you don’t have both.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by essays, reports, textual analysis, seminar presentations and examinations. You will also submit assignments for each subject unit and complete coursework in the core units.

You will also submit a 5,000-word research project on a subject of your choice, which will form a major part of the overall assessment.

What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Combined Sciences.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have finished this course, you can progress onto science-related degree courses at universities across the country. Many of our students go on to local universities, such as the University of Sussex, Brighton and Chichester (guaranteed interviews and guaranteed places are offered for some courses at these universities through the Compact programme).

Are there any extra costs?

There are a few small extra costs associated with this course, as you will need to pay a small fee for your UCAS application to universities, and you may wish to buy some textbooks relating to the A-Level Science syllabus.

Additional Info

This Access Course is 'QAA approved', which means it is validated by LASER Learning Awards (formerly Open College Network). The course is taught on campus, three days a week, between 9:30am and 3:00pm.

We recommend that you check university entry requirements before you apply for this course.

For additional information regarding the course and application process please visit our google site:

If you are considering an Access to HE diploma for September 2024 we recommend you enrol on our Access to HE Preparation course in February-May on a Wednesday 9.30-14:45 for 10 weeks.

Information sessions:

Wednesday 7th December 2022- Virtual only (link will be sent via Teams) Monday 23rd January 2023- College and Virtual (link will be sent via Teams) Tuesday 21st March 2023- Virtual only (link will be sent via Teams) Thursday 4th May 2023- College and Virtual (link will be sent via Teams) Friday 16th June 2023- Virtual only (link will be sent via Teams)

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