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Access to Science Level 3 | Access to HE Diploma (Science)

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Unconditional Places to Full-Time Applicants

Due to the uncertainty around how long the Covid-19 outbreak will last, it has been agreed for the immediate future that we will be offering unconditional places to full-time (not University Level) applicants who apply to SGS College.

Once you apply for your course, you will receive a communication offering you a place.

You just need to accept the offer, if you wish to.

We will then be in touch to discuss the offer once the Covid-19 risk reduces.


Learn more about Access to Higher Education at SGS College


The Access to Science pathway is a highly regarded Access course which offers students an opportunity to take an intensive course in the main sciences of physics, chemistry and biology, and supports students who wish to apply to university to study science-based degree courses. This course is for people who wish to study at higher education in a science-related area and later pursue a career in related fields such as physiotherapy, biomedical science and pharmacology. This is a one-year course contained within 3–4 days per week. This course is for mature students returning to education, or those wishing to pursue a different career route. A range of Academic Subject Content units are delivered from the following categories: biology, chemistry and physics. There may also be an opportunity to study environmental science or higher maths. Please enquire about the availability of these subjects.

What do I need to join?

Applicants should already have secured a grade C/5 or above in GCSE Maths, English and Science to gain entry to the Access course. If applicants are currently studying GCSEs, they will need to have secured these (at a 5 grade minimum) by the course start date. Any applicants that believe they have GCSE equivalency should check with their university of choice if they meet their degree course entry requirements before making an application for Access. The Access to Science pathway is an intensive course involving a higher level of maths; consequently we ask all applicants who wish to pursue the Access to Science course to undergo an additional maths assessment at interview to ascertain their ability in this subject.

How will I know how I am doing?

The course consists of 60 credits: 45 Academic Subject Content (ASC) credits graded at pass, merit and distinction, and 15 Academic Preparation Skills (APS) credits. You will be set assignments to gain these credits throughout the academic year. These will involve essay writing, tests/exams, some practical experiments with written reports and presentations.

What can I do next?

Access courses are designed to enable learners to progress onto the higher education course of their choosing, many of which are offered here at the College. Students are supported through the UCAS process by their personal tutors and will be given specialist advice and guidance about their future career pathways.

What are my career options?

Degree courses in this area are wide ranging, and some of the areas that previous Access students have progressed into include: zoology, pharmacology, biomedical science and physiotherapy. These and many other degrees are offered nationally, but the main local providers of some of the courses are the University of the West of England, Bristol University and Bath University.

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Course information last updated: Monday 6th April 2020 @ 7.30am (10 hours ago)

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September 2020

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AvailabilityAll Full-time Further Education courses commence in September each year. If you can't find what you're looking for or require further assistance, please contact our Admission team 01453 761165 or email [email protected]

7th Sep 2020
Filton Campus
7th Sep 2020
Filton Campus

Enquire about Access to Science 0800 0567 253 | [email protected]

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