Access to Higher Education (Science)

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Animal Welfare & Science AC160A07/21/1 Further Education

Course Information

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is one of the key entry routes to degree level study in the UK for learners over 19 years. Adult learners with a key aim to gain entry to a Higher Education course but who have not studied to the required level to be considered for degree courses will need to complete an Access to HE Diploma.Kingston Maurward is a Land-based college that offers foundation degrees in life and environment sciences, and hence its Access to HE course reflects this.

The content of this course follows a purely science route in a broad range of subjects from biology, animal welfare, scientific method and statistical analysis. It also covers key areas for study skills development to prepare students for progression to university level such as research skills, presentation skills and examination preparation.It is a full-time course requiring commitment from students with the fundamental aim of progressing to Higher Education.

This course will be taught over 2 days with an additional 1/2 days for GCSE English and maths as necessary.


  • Access to Higher Education (Science)
Course Content
  • Students must complete 45 credits of subject specialist units at Level 3 as follows; Cell Biology, Physiological Processes, Homeostasis, Inheritance Ecology, Plant Biology and Nutrient Cycling, Horticultural Science, BiogeographyAnimal Behaviour and Welfare Physiology, Animal Health, Immunity and Disease, Parametric and Non-parametric Hypothesis Testing, Use of Statistics, Practical Science Project.

    Students must also complete 15 credits of Academic Preparation Skills as follows:
    Introduction to Scientific Method, Academic Writing Skills, Developing Skills for ExaminationsICT Presentation Software, ICT Skills and Uses for Higher Education.
Entry Requirements
  • This course is designed for adult learners wishing to apply for Higher Education courses in the UK, but who do not have suitable qualifications for degree level entry (A Levels, Level 3 vocational awards). You will need to demonstrate you have English and Maths skills at Level 2 either through GCSE certificates at A*-C or Level 2 equivalents. However, there is an option to additional GCSE sessions for English and maths to help you achieve the right level if needed.
Next Steps
  • UCAS application to science based Higher Education courses. Progression to a recognised Higher Education course in the UK will mean that the Student Loan Company will effectively remove your Advanced Learning Loan from your account and you will carry no fees forward into your loans that cover your HE coruse tuition fees. Further information is available from
Career Opportunities
  • The Access to HE course is designed for entry to Higher Education. This diploma will meet the entry requirements for HE courses at Kingston Maurward in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Marine Ecology and Conservation, Equine management, Countryside Management and Agriculture Science. It will also meet entry requirements for other HE courses across the UK but students are advised to seek clarification on the exact requirements for any course they are considering applying for to ensure the units offered on this Access to HE course meet the requirements.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
13-Sep-2021 27-Jun-2022 9.00am.. 16.00pm
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Mon, Tues, Fri
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students aged 16-18. Students aged 19-25 may also be eligible for government funding or a student loan depending on their circumstances.
Course fees for learners can be covered by the Advanced Learning Loan but you can make contributions to your fees. If students have not studied at Level 3 previously they may be eligible for funding if in receipt of certain benefits.

Materials Required

Steel toe-capped boots, cargo trousers, and polo shirts with a jumper (can be ordered from campus) will be required to attend practical sessions. Additionally, learners are expected to abide by health and safety principles within the animal based industry (for the benefit of both humans and animals) by removing all jewellery and nail products prior to practical sessions.

What's next?

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