Access to HE

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Ardleigh Green, Redbridge Campus, Tower Hamlets Campus
  • Qualification

    Access to HE
  • Subject

    Applied Science
  • Schedule

    Redbridge - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday Tower Hamlets - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Ardleigh Green - Thursday and Friday (Day)
  • Duration

    36 weeks
  • Course Target

    Adult 21+

Course Fees


Entry requirements

To join an Access course you will need to demonstrate that you have Level 2 English and maths skills. This includes either having achieved GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above or grades A-C, or Functional Skills Level 2. Please ask the college about the UK ENIC system if you are not familiar with this.

What can I do if I have only one level 2 qualification in either English or maths? It may be possible in exceptional circumstances to achieve one GCSE qualification at NCC at the same time as your Access course, but you would need to attend evening classes and be tested for the course to make sure you are at the appropriate level.

It is also possible to take one Functional Skills qualification at an external provider at the same time as your Access course. If you choose this option, you will need to complete a college entry test in that subject to make sure you have the potential to achieve it within the academic year.


Access Courses are for students who are 21+ who wish to go to University but do not have a relevant Level 3 qualification.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science provides the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress to an undergraduate course in a science-related field. As well as covering all aspects of science - physics, biology, chemistry and maths, there is a strong focus on developing the necessary skills for university. Subjects covered are English, Maths, Study Skills, Physics, Biology, Chemistry

You can fund an Access course by taking out an Advanced Learner loan from the government. If you take out a loan for an Access course, then complete a university degree course, you will not have to pay your Access loan back.

Further Information

Study at university for a degree in physiotherapy, radiography, biomedicine, environmental science, nutrition, dietetics, engineering, physics, maths, chemistry, pharmacy and biology. Some of these degrees can lead onto medical degrees and science or maths teaching degrees.

Select your campus option to apply

Life At NCC

Discover what life is like at the largest college in East London today!

Facilities for Students

At New City College we have a range of world-class facilities across our campuses.

Financial Support

There are several ways we can help you cover the cost of your studies.

You may also be interested in