Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science)

Start (w/c): 01/09/2020 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Nantgarw

Course Information

This programme prepares you for progression to Higher Education to study science. The objective of the course is to provide a supportive and friendly environment to enable you to develop your potential and to prepare you for University-level study, with many past learners going on to gain degrees and other awards.

What Will I Learn?

You will study Chemistry, Biology and Physics and 1 Mathematics unit at Level 3. A range of units is studied for each scientific area with practical sessions to enhance understanding of the theory.

Entry Requirements

You will require GCSE Welsh / English and GCSE Maths/Numeracy grades A*-C or Essential Skills Wales Numeracy and Communication level 2 completed in the last 2 years orSkills for Further Study diploma completion with progression test completed to suitable levels at the end of the academic year or a Level 2 vocational qualification.


You will be assessed by continual assessment. You will also be expected to maintain your course files and all portfolios to the required standards.


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.

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Career Progression

  • After successfully completing this course, you will be able to apply for Honours degree courses in Higher Education in a wide range of Science-related areas or seek employment. It is the learners responsibility to check that the Access Diploma is a suitable progression route for their degree.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Chemical scientist

    Average salary: £32,604

  • Biological scientist or biochemist

    Average salary: £42,725

  • Physical scientist

    Average salary: £42,900

  • Laboratory technician

    Average salary: £19,598

  • Science, engineering or production technician n.e.c.

    Average salary: £21,294


Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.

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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