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Access to HE Applied Social Science and Allied Professions at North Hertfordshire College

Course description

Our Access to Higher Education diplomas are level 3 qualifications that prepare you for study at university.  Validated by Gateway Qualifications, they are QAA assured. They're particularly relevant if you do not have traditional qualifications such as A-levels.  They'll help you develop your academic and study skills as well as your confidence

this pathway will help you to progress on to studying a degree in biomedical science, biological science, biochemistry or allied health related subjects.  You'll study human biology and chemistry for life sciences.  You'll also be required to complete an independent piece of research at the end of the course.

Course content

Topics of study include:

  • Chemistry
  • Human biology
  • Maths for scientists
  • Application of number
  • HE English skills.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but you must be considering entering higher education. All prospective students will need to attend an information event followed by diagnostics and interview. Students given a conditional offer will need to supply a reference and complete a series of tasks before being invited to enrol on the programme.

To ensure progression to university you should ensure that you meet the GCSE/Functional Skills requirements of different universities.



Assessment is continuous and includes essay, report and seminar paper writing and presentations.  During April students also complete exams. The final assessment is a 3000 word research project.

Financial information

this programme is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan

possible charges for any trips or visits offered during the year will be independent of the tuition fees or any other student finance.

Future opportunities

For students who gain a QAA recognised access diploma: science, the choice of subjects that can be studied at university, nationally and locally, is very wide. Previously students have studied degrees in biomedical science, biological science and biochemistry at Hertfordshire, Exeter, Durham and King’s College, London universities.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Hertfordshire College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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    • The Stevenage Centre, opened in 2003, provides a state-of-the-art learning environment for students, offering the best possible educational and training opportunities for the local community. The main entrance opens up into the Atrium, a large communal space hosting the main reception, a cafeteria and houses a number of student services and social learning facilities. The first and second floors are dedicated learning areas, where students can find classrooms and learning resource centres.

      Classrooms at the Stevenage Centre are equipped with ‘Smart Wall’ technology, helping to provide first class I.T. resources for teaching and learning. The centre also allows space for learning bases, which are dedicated curriculum areas for learners to carry out their studies.