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Adult Course Details

Access to Combined Sciences Diploma - 2020:21

Location: Guildford College
Course Code: AC01LF1A001P
Year: 2020:21
Attendance: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 09.00-16.00
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  Ascentis
Fees (Adv Learner Loan): £ 3384
14/09/2020Places Available
Subject Area

The Government funds and regulates adult Further Education and skills training in England. They pay a proportion of the cost to deliver the course and expect the student, or a sponsor, to pay the remaining portion. This is referred to as the ‘tuition fees’ and is what we display on our guide. If a course or a learner is not eligible for government funding the Full Cost /international fees will be liable. Please refer to our International fees page for more information.

Please note that the fees shown relate to the WHOLE programme but may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including changes to Government funding and remission policies, so before enrolling on a course please check with the College for the latest information. The College also reserves the right to close, or not to start any published course.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct. However, the College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including content, dates, times, venues, fees payable, concessions available, terms and conditions.

Content / Overview 

Access programmes are intensive courses designed for mature students who wish to progress to a British university. The course provides teaching and learning to enable mature students to gain the skills and knowledge to cope well with the academic demands of Higher education. This course comprises of core subjects in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and additional study skills.

Course Modules 

  • Mathematics:
  • Mathematics for HE
  • Calculus
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Pathogens and Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Physics
  • Applied Physics
  • Waves and Quantum Theory
  • Magnetism
  • Chemistry
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • ISU: Mandatory Unit
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Scientific Project



Why Study Here

The Guildford college Access to HE Diploma is validated by Laser Learning Awards and carries the Access kite mark, a guarantee of high standards. Guildford College has links with local universities, although many students progress to universities much further afield as well. The course is taught by highly qualified staff who have considerable experience in teaching adult students.

Suitable For

Access courses are open to mature candidates with sufficient interest and commitment who are academically able to study on a level 3 course. It is appropriate for those returning to education after a number of years in employment or bringing up a family. A high level of motivation is required to complete the course.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

This course is open to suitable candidates who are 19+ year of age and demonstrate sufficient interest and commitment. There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates should have English and preferably Maths GCSE (grades A*-C) or equivalent. You will be invited to discuss your suitability and needs at interview and may be asked to undertake an initial assessment. Additionally, students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

Delivery Method

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed including lectures, seminars, small group work and class discussions.


The course is continuously assessed and students will accumulate credits throughout the course as assignments and tests are completed. To pass the Diploma students will have achieved 60 credits at Level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded). Students’ progress is monitored and discussed in tutorials.

Further Study

Students who complete the Access to Science Diploma can progress to university to study for degrees in Biological or Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Pharmacology, Sports Science, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Forensics, Radiography and other science related degrees.

Additional Information

You will be provided with a course handbook detailing the structure and processes of the programme. Guidance is given throughout the course in subject choices, study skills, career and higher education opportunities.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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