Access to Higher Education Diploma (Bioscience)

Start (w/c): 02/09/2019 Full Time - To be arranged (09:15 to 16:20) Ystrad Mynach

Course Information

This programme prepares you for progression to Higher Education to study Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition or Dietetics.

It will also meet the entry requirements for Nursing, Midwifery and professions allied medicine such as Physiotherapy. Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practitioner and Paramedic Science. It will also allow you to progress to Chemistry-based courses and courses which require high science content for entry, such as Forensic Science.

What Will I Learn?

You will study Biology, Microbiology and Chemistry as your main subjects, with supporting units in Mathematics and Study Skills.

The development of Essential Skills is vital to your development and progression to the world of work. Emphasis is placed on the development of Study Skills and will include essay writing, assignment writing, referencing using the Harvard system and presentation of work using IT.

All subjects are divided up into chunks of learning called units, which may be at level 2 i.e. GCSE standard, or level 3 i.e. A level standard.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required however you will be invited to undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment prior to interview to determine your suitability for the course. As the course requires a high level of dedication and academic rigour, you may be directed to a more appropriate programme of study.


You will be assessed by tutors throughout your course. Assessment will cover practical skills, oral questioning, assignment work and written questions. You will be required to sit short examinations throughout the course.


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Career Progression

  • On successful completion of this course, you will be able to apply for Honours degree courses in Higher Education in a wide range of Nursing and Healthcare Professions, or Biological Science and Chemistry Degrees, and courses at a University or Higher Education Institution of your choice, or seek employment.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Biological scientist or biochemist

    Average salary: £42,725

  • Laboratory technician

    Average salary: £19,598


Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.


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