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Biosciences Access to Higher Education Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

The Access to Higher Education Diploma- Biosciences is excellent preparation for people who wish to study science-based courses such as Physiotherapy, Radiography, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and a range of other disciplines at University level. This course is especially designed for mature students who do not currently have the necessary academic qualifications to apply for University level study. If your role involves working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, you will have to undergo background checks.

Course content

You will study on this programme for 12 hours per week, completing three subjects at Level 3 (the equivalent of A-levels). In addition you will attend a tutorial session where your study skills will be developed and you will receive excellent preparation for University level study with our 'Study Skills' module. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a modular course which involves you studying a combination of units. All units are compulsory and must be completed by all students who wish to achieve this award. 

You will study the following subjects at Level 3:

  • Psychology Level 3
  • Biology Level 3
  • Further Biology Level 3

All students on the Diploma will then complete the following mandatory units in a weekly tutorial:

  • Study Skills Level 3
  • Further Study Skills Level 3

Entry requirements

As this is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English, Mathematics and Science. You should also have evidence of study within the last five years. Applicants who do not have recent experience of study but have relevant work or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. If you do not have the relevant qualifications we will refer you to our Adult GCSE Programme.

You must have relevant work experience for this course. The type of work experience you need will depend upon the degree you wish to persue at university. 

  • If you are interested in physiotherpay as a career, you should have some experience of 'shadowing' a Physiotherapist
  • If you are interested in radiography as a career, you must undertake some voluntary work in a Radiography department


You'll be assessed by examinations and essays throughout the course. Please see the individual course leaflets for details of all assessments you will complete. Successfully gaining a place on a degree course in one of these academic disciplines involves:

  • Having excellent attendance on your Access Diploma
  • Completing all work to a very high standard (Degrees will usually expect Distinctions in all your work)
  • Having some relevant work experience to ensure you have detailed knowledge of the day-to-day role involved in the career you wish to progress onto

Future opportunities

This programme is designed to prepare you for study at Degree level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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