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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Ref. 400/0884/8

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Ref. 400/0884/8

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The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) QAA Ref. 400/0884/8 WILL get you to apply for university to study Pharmacy in just 1 year!

This course is an option for people who would like to start or further their career in Pharmacy. This diploma will allow you to apply for university courses in areas such as, but not limited to, police support departments, the Ministry of Defence (MoD), particularly the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, pharmacy, the NHS and educational or private research laboratories.

No qualifications are required to study this course so get started today!

In our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science), you will develop research skills and the ability to gather, analyse and report on complex scientific data. Science graduates are highly employable, both in specialist areas such as forensic investigation, but also in other associated fields requiring an enquiring, scientific and legal mind.

The Access to HE Diploma could also support access into employment areas where evidence of study and achievement at level 3 is required. Academic subjects that will be studied include, biological science, chemistry, environmental science, forensic science and physics.

This Online Science Diploma Course at a Glance

  • 100% online learning for adults
  • Flexible - learn in your own time around work and family
  • Flexible payments - interest-free monthly payments over 1 year 
  • One-to-one tutor support at mutually convenient times
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Gain crucial knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence
  • Assessed through end-of-unit assignments 
  • Equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels
  • Complete in 1 year or less

Education Provider: Cambridge Online Education - established 2002

Accredted by: Open College Network West Midlands

Regulated by: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


Course Outline

The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.


To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Ref. 400/0884/8 learners must achieve:

  • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only.
  • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

The following are the Unit titles for this Diploma:

  • Cell Biology
  • Body Systems and Homeostasis
  • Aspects of Animal Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Respiration & Circulation
  • Environmental Issues
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Practical Scientific Project
  • Physics
  • An Introduction to Ecology
  • The Investigative Process, Principles & Practical Skills (U)
  • Using the Internet & Email (U)
  • Study Techniques (U)
  • Understanding & Responding to Texts (U)

Enrolment Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for students applying for the Cambridge Online Education Access to H.E. Diplomas. Tutors are nevertheless, required to ensure that learners admitted onto the Diploma possess the necessary skills and personal qualities to cope with the demands of the course.


All Access to HE Diplomas require the achievement of 60 credits. 45 of the 60 credits must be graded at Level 3 (pass, merit or distinction). Such credits will arise from the Academic Subject Content Modules. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded and can be achieved at either Level 2 or Level 3. Students may only be registered against units with a maximum combined total credit value of 60. In terms of the length of time required for a learner to complete their diploma, for all Access to HE Diplomas the notional learning hours are 600. Notional learning hours comprise all learning that may be relevant to the achievement of the learning outcomes including directed and private study, practical and project work, assignments and assessment time. The assessment methods used for each unit of your course will be detailed in the Programme Handbook. Your tutor will provide you with formative feedback and provisional grades. Your grades will be then evaluated by the Examination Board. Final grades will be released to students after the External Moderation Visit.


On successful completion of the course, you will receive a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) at level 3 QAA ref: 400/0884/8 awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. Cambridge Online Education is a fully accredited education provider for this qualification


An Access Diploma in Science can get you onto degree programmes leading to the following careers:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Detective Forensic scientist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Sports scientist
  • Nutritionist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Border force officer
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Police officer
  • Science writer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Amenity horticulturist
  • Commercial horticulturist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental education officer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental manager
  • Minerals surveyor
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Recycling officer
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Waste management officer
  • Water quality scientist
  • Virolologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Bacteriologist
As different universities have different entry requirements, you are strongly advised to check these requirements with your chosen tertiary education provider. You can contact our career advisers for further guidance and support in this matter.

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Amber's Story

So I studied the wrong A Levels and started the world's most boring career - my parents told me I wanted to be an accountant! I have always loved the idea of working in a white coat and solving crimes with science so I'm retraining. The Diploma is great as I can earn while I learn. I'm really looking forward to Uni next year!