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Science - Access Course at Harrow College

Course description

The course is designed for students returning to study who wish to gain an Access qualification in one academic year to enable them to go on to a university course.

Course content

You will study the following subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology, English, Mathematics and Study Skills including IT.

A variety of methods are used including lecture, group work, presentations, discussions and laboratory work.

Entry requirements

Universities have made GCSE English and Maths a prerequisite for progression from an Access programme into higher education.

Students are therefore required to have at least a GCSE or an overseas equivalent at grade C or better in Maths prior to commencing the Access to Science course (evidence will be required). You will not be able to start the Access to Science course without this maths qualification.

Students who do not have English at GCSE grade C or overseas equivalent will take this alongside their Access course, therefore students must undertake an assessment to determine whether they are at the correct level to study for this in year.

Additionally students will need to show:

evidence of a clear commitment to a programme of study normally leading to Higher Education relevant life experience

potential for learning rapidly within a one year programme appropriate performance in the diagnostic assessments


Course work including practicals, essays, exams and presentations. A portfolio of completed work is submitteed to the Awarding Body at the end of the course. Successful students receive a nationally validated Access Diploma from the Open College Network London Region.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

A degree level course in a science subject area.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

Students need to provide own writing materials. USB memory stick. A4 folder.

Additional costs:

Occasional trips may be orgainised. You may be advised to buy a textbook for some subjects. Costs are kept to a minimum.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 March 2016
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