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Access to H.E. Diploma in Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Science

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  • Fee
    19+ £3,384*
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Access Course
  • This course is suitable for Adults

The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, is a Level 3 qualification designed for Adults aged 19+, who wish to pursue Higher Education.  The course is a one year intensive course, which allows students to develop the skills needed for Higher Education. The course is suitable for those who have been out of full-time education for some time, or wish to change careers. The course Access to Higher Education in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences requires a maturity approach, dedication and commitment.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

The course is an intensive course, which includes units in Biological, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Mathematics and Study skills. All students are allocated a tutor, for pastoral support as well as to help with UCAS.

The Diploma is made up of units that amount to 60 L3 credits. The 60 credits include 15 credits in Biology, 15 credits in chemistry, 9 credits in Pharmacy, 6 credits in Maths and 15 credits in Study skills. 


What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Students can progress to degree level study in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Nutrition & Biochemistry.


How will I learn?

Through classroom based activities, lectures, practical experiments, group work and self-direct learning.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by assignments, exams, presentations, observation of practical work and practical reports. Each unit studied, will use one or more of these assessment methods. 


How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

Due to the volume of scientific ideas and principles covered, as well as their applications, students should be prepared to allow a minimum of 6 hours per week of individual study outside of lessons.


Which awarding body is the course validation by?

OCN London


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

You will need to have a GCSE qualification at Grade C or above in Mathematics and be able to demonstrate at least a Level 2 knowledge of both Science and English.
•    All prospective students are required to complete an initial literacy and numeracy assessment, along with a short science assessment, when invited to for an interview.  A satisfactory reference is also required


English level

•    You are expected to be at Level 2 in English.
•    If you do not have a GCSE in English you will need to enroll on a separate Evening GCSE course in addition to this Access course, as it is a requirement by Universities that you have a grade C in GCSE English. 


Expected prior knowledge

At least Grade C in GCSE Science or other L2 science qualifications or industrial experience which demonstrate sufficient scientific background


Mathematics level

You are expected to have a Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics before starting the course


Equipment and other costs

You will be expected to provide your own file to put your assignments in, calculator, ruler, and stationary but other materials will be provided.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email customer.services@cwc.ac.uk or come to one of our Open Days.


* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.