Access to Higher Education - Science & Maths | New College Courses

Access to Higher Education - Science & Maths

Course Content

This Access Diploma = 60 credits (45 graded and 15 ungraded)


Level 3 academic graded subjects

Taking this course will prepare you for all health related careers.  Its focus is on the structure, development and control of the human body.  Units include: Nutrition, Digestion and Diet, Human Health and Disease, Cells and Molecular Biology and Contemporary Issues.

A useful subject which helps develop theoretical understanding as well as practical science skills.  Useful for many careers linked to medicine or paramedical science.  Units include Medicine Analysis, Core Chemistry and Organic & Thermo Chemistry.

Mainly focuses on statistics and mathematical skills needed for progress to University. Units offered at Level 3 include Algebra, Graphs, Trigonometry and Statistics. This is a useful subject in combination with Science.

Level 3 physics will help develop practical and theoretical proficiency and cover fundamental skills within this subject.  Units include, Core Physics, Radiotherapy, Thermal Energy & Electricity and Physics - Mechanics & Motion.  This unit is useful for engineering as well as some paramedical careers.

The overall theme of this subject is understanding human behaviour.  Units studied include: Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Atypical Psychology.


Mandatory ungraded subjects

Study Skills & Basic IT
All students must attend a Study Skills class for one hour a week; this is normally followed by your Tutor Hour and you will have the same tutor for both. Basic IT will allow you to update your computer skills while adding credit towards the Access Diploma.  All units in this section are compulsory.


Entry Requirements

All students should have GCSE Maths or English Language grade A*-C. Minimum age is 19 years with at least a one year break from education.

If you don’t have the necessary qualifications to do an Access course consider our Preparation for Access course which will give you the necessary skills.



Monday 9am-2.30pm
Plus two or three other days depending on subject choices (Usually finish before 2pm)



This diploma could link to careers in science, engineering  or medical specialisms such as Radiotherapy, Radiography, Dietetics, Physiotherapy.  Degrees in Mathematics, Science, Medical Science, NHS degrees related to career choices.


Paying for your Access Diploma with the Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are for people aged 19 or over who want to complete a qualification course at level 3, 4, 5 or 6 (Including the Access to Higher Education Diploma). Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

You can apply for a loan from May 2016 to pay your tuition fees for courses starting from August 1st 2016. You will pay nothing back until you have finished your course and are earning over £21,000 per year.


Get your Access Diploma for free if you go on to complete a higher education course!*

Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.

* The higher education course must be eligible for student finance.

Click here for more information and to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.


How to apply

1. Complete an application form Apply online

2. Apply by Post

Return postal form to:

Alison Boam
New College Swindon
New College Drive

3. Hand in an application form at the New College reception

Hard copies of the application form can be downloaded here, picked up from the New College reception or you can request a form using the contact details below.

Enquiries to:

Phone: 01793 732826