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