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Access to Higher Education - Science Pathway

Course Name 
CAVA Access To Higher Education Diploma: Science L3Available for Enquiries
Course Details
Location Wakefield College
Level Level 3
Start Date



1 year

Mode of Study Full-time
Awarding Body


Course Overview

This is a nationally recognised course and students who undertake this pathway then proceed to take degree courses in areas such as dietetics, pharmacy, optometry, radiography, physiotherapy, biochemistry and engineering. Different combinations of units are available for students wishing to progress in particular career pathways. Students are guided on the most appropriate units to take, as well as being supported with their applications to HE and for relevant work experience. The College has close links with regional universities which welcome mature students from the Access to HE course. 

The course is intensive and students should realise that it makes substantial demands in terms of time, commitment and study.

Attendance to all lessons is essential as we do not offer distance learning, therefore it is advisable to ensure work commitments can fit around the timetabled sessions.

Study will involve presentations, practical activities, written assignments and discussions.

What You Will Study

Whilst on this course you will study a range of different units, including:


  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Homeostasis
  • Biological Communication Systems
  • Microbiology
  • Human Nutrition and Digestion
  • Cardiovascular Systems


  • Essential Organic and Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Essential Inorganic Chemistry

Practical Scientific Project

Academic Studies

  • Mathematics for Scientists
  • Research
  • Presentation and Reflection
How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment takes place through course assignments and formal written examinations.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 9-4 in English and Maths


Functional Skills Level 2

You will be expected to bring maturity and good organisational skills to the course. All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be interviewed following a written assessment.

Fee Information

These fees relate to 2024/25:


Further Study

The Access to HE Science allows students to develop their skills in preparation for progression to university, students who successfully complete this course progress to study:

  • Bio-medical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiography
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Subject Area (W) Maths & Science
Client Group (W) 19+
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Information last amended: 19 June 2024 10:26

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