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Science Pathway at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

The Access to Science course is aimed at adults who are interested in studying a range of science- related disciplines at university but who don't have the necessary qualifications to gain entry into higher education. The course will provide subject knowledge and help to develop students' confidence and study skills, as well as opening up new career possibilities. The course is especially designed for adults who have had a break from studying and is accepted by universities as an alternative to A Levels.

Course content

The course consists of core modules in biology, chemistry and physics. Alongside your main academic subjects, you will also receive training on important study skills, such as revision skills, exam techniques, ICT and essay writing.

Entry requirements

We may ask for relevant work experience from some applicants; for example, those interested in pursuing forensic sciences or physiotherapy at university. Additionally, you will need to have achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above in both Maths and English. An interview is also required, at which your suitability will be assessed through discussion and screening tests, with a specific assessment testing your mathematical ability. These will help us understand how we can best support you as you attend the course.


The sessions are varied and include tutor led lectures, discussions, independent research, internal examinations and group work. There are a range of assessment methods used throughout the year, such as essays, laboratory practicals, presentations, reports and tests.

Future opportunities

Applicants can progress to university to study a range of science-related undergraduate courses, including biomedical sciences, physics, forensic sciences, pharmacology and physiotherapy.

A range of careers within the science and technology sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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