Access To Higher Education | Diploma in Biomedical Sciences | LASER Level 3

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Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements tab Assessment: Written assignments, presentations and exams. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Biomedical Sciences Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan Fees (September 2022): £3384.00

Why this course?

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You will study biology and chemistry; you will also have the opportunity to choose a topic for study to produce an Independent Research Project.

The Access course also prepares you for Higher Education by increasing self confidence in your learning ability as well as developing the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills.

This course will enable you to apply to a variety of life science degree courses such as Pharmacy, Dietetics, Nutrition, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Biochemistry and Veterinary medicine. 

Our staff team will be working closely with local universities to provide an excellent learning experience, specifically designed to prepare students for healthcare professions in the future. You will also be supported with your UCAS application and we help prepare you for university admissions interviews.

The course consists of 60 credits, 45 are graded and 15 are ungraded. All units are at level 3.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0027-1C 15 Sep 2022 Central Brighton TBC 36 weeks £3384.00 Apply
  • student Views Gemma Wainwright Access to HE Diploma: Biomedical Sciences
    "The Access to HE course itself has been invaluable in bridging my gap in education.."
  • alumni Views Victoria Zaniewicz Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3
    After ten years in my job I decided it was time for a career change; having been out of education for 15 years this was a challenge however with the support of my tutors and peers I am now studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Nottingham University and well on the way to the career I’ve always wanted.
  • alumni Views Lydia Tyson Blake Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3
    I learnt so much on my course, I truly feel more ready for university now! My tutors filled me with the confidence and enthusiasm to continue.
  • alumni Views Tomas Forzani-Fawcett Access To Higher Education Diploma - Biomedical Sciences Level 3
    I thought I would express my thanks for your help in getting me through college and to university. I am doing well and I am enjoying the modules so far, Forensic science principles being the most interesting, I got 81% on my first lab book marking!
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Entry requirements

You must have a GCSE grade 9-4 (A* - C) in English and Maths. 

You will be required to attend an interview with a member of the department.

Entry requirements

Course units

The full Access Diploma is worth 60 level three credits; 45 are graded credits and the remaining 15 must be achieved but are ungraded.

Graded units:

  • Cell Biology
  • Cardiopulmonary System
  • Homeostasis for Healthcare
  • Mendelian and Applied Genetics for Healthcare
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Fundamental Chemistry
  • Amounts of Matter
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Equilibrium
  • Biochemistry
  • Drugs and Food Additives
  • Scientific Investigative Skills
  • Extended Independent Academic Research

Ungraded units:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Reviewing and Planning for the Future
  • Research Skills for Academic Study
  • Using ICT for Study
  • Practical Mathematics for Nursing

Why the MET?

  • Access to quality teaching resources and rooms.
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment.
  • Library and computing facilities.
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support.
  • Cafes and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks.
  • A hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

What's next?

Access to HE courses are intended for learners who are looking to progress to university level study. With this qualification, you can go on to study a wide range of science-based courses at university level, including: 

  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical science
  • Forensic science
  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 

Progression and careers

There are many careers such as working in NHS laboratories and hospitals and the public health laboratory service.

Biomedical scientists are also employed in a variety of roles including the veterinary service, the health and safety executive, the medical research council, university and forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical and product manufacturers and various government departments.

Course fees

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Course fees

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19+ studying on Access to HE courses. 

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Course costs

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