Course Type: Higher Education

Access to HE Diploma (Science)

  • Course Code AAA0714
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time TBC
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

If you'd like to study at degree level but don’t hold the necessary qualifications, our Access to HE Diploma (Science) is for you. Our Access to HE Diplomas are the ideal way to get on track if you don’t hold the necessary qualifications that you need to get onto a degree course.

Our courses provide a level 3 qualification, which prepares you for life on a degree programme. All our courses run at times to fit around family commitments and you get free car parking and access to our childcare voucher scheme.

The QAA Access to HE Diploma is awarded by One Awards and recognised for entry to Higher Education courses across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Typical undergraduate destinations for our students include Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Engineering, Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Physiology, Forensic Sciences, Chemistry, Food and Nutrition amongst other pathways. Come and see us if you want to discuss a progression route to university.

 The Diploma consists of 5 academic subject sets:

  • Biology - covering Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Reproduction and Chromosomal Expression, Anatomy and Physiology of Organ Systems.
  • Biochemistry- chemical structure and role of biological molecules.
  • Chemistry - Atomic Structure, Bonding and the Periodic Table, Fundamental Principles of Physical Chemistry, Investigative Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Chemical Applications
  • Physics - Basic Mechanics, Heat Materials and Atoms, Oscillations and Waves, Electricity, Fields and Electromagnetism
  • Mathematics -  Algebra, Number, Geometry and Trigonometry

Together with a Study Skills unit.


This course is not a higher education programme but is designed upon successful completion to enable you to go on to study a higher education course. Before coming to one of our enrolment events you need to know which Access to HE Diploma you need to study to get onto your degree course. By using http://www.ucas.com you can search the subject to find which university offers which degree programme and what the entry requirements for the course are. If you are unable to find the information you need, every higher education institution has admissions staff who will be happy to help you with course information.

Upon applying for the Diploma you will need to have an interview, complete initial assessments for maths, English and comprehension, at one of our enrolment events, before being accepted on the course.  You will be provided with an invite to an interview at one of our open events and be given information on how you can prepare.

Study for free

Get the employment edge without worrying about up front fees. If you’re over 19 years old, you may be eligible to study for free if you don't already hold a Level 3 qualification or you are on eligible benefits. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course fees, if you then go onto complete a higher education degree course, the remaining balance of your loan, including any interest,  will be ‘written off’, which means you won’t have to pay it back

An interview is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Ideally five GCSE grades A*-C (9 - 4) including English and maths and a science subject. An interview will be required.

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

The cost of this course varies depending on your age and circumstances. If you are under 19 years old, this course is free.

If you are aged over 19 years old you may qualify for free or reduced price course fees, depending on your circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 years or over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee upfront in full and qualify for a 10% discount.

For an up to date cost and more finance information please visit an Enrolment Event, call 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

Find out more about Finance & Funding

Find out more about Advanced Learning Loans