Access to Higher Education: Life 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 fundamentals of chemistry, and cell biology, with an option to take ecology or immunology units. You will also develop your research skills, ready for your degree.




Level 3

Course Type



Access to HE

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Options Course Code Starts Ends Days From To Standard Fee Overseas Fee
apply 60368-01 09/09/24 27/06/25 Wednesday + Thursday + Friday 09:30 15:00 £3384 £3687

What will I study?

Our Combined Sciences Pathway at Eastbourne prepares students for degree level study on a variety of Science-related and non-Nursing health-related degree courses. Previous students from this Pathway have progressed onto degree courses such as: Environmental Sciences, Ecology & Conservation, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Veterinary Nursing, Radiography and Nutrition. On this Pathway, in addition to the core modules, you will be studying the following subject modules:

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Scientific Investigation Skills
  • Cardiopulmonary System
  • Energy for Healthcare
  • Cell Biology
  • Mendelian and Applied Genetics for Healthcare
  • Mammalian Control Systems
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Evolution & Ecology (option)
  • Disease and Body Defence (option)
  • Digestion and the Liver for Healthcare
  • Drugs and Food Additives

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.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

For progression to university you may require GCSE English and/or maths at grade C/4 (or Functional Skills equivalent). It is advisable to gain these qualifications before commencing the Access diploma, however one GCSE can be studied alongside if necessary.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assignments, which take a variety of forms (such as essays, reports and presentations) are completed for each module. Students on all pathways complete a final assessment of a research project and presentation on a topic within their subject discipline.

What qualification will I achieve?

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Combined Sciences)

Are there any extra costs?

There are no extra costs involved other than basic stationery, but students find that home access to a PC or laptop is useful.