Access to Biosciences

L3 Level 3
Part Time
31 August 2020 — 30 July 2022
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Our Access to Biosciences course is perfect for those individuals keen to develop their knowledge and understanding of the biological sciences. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this is an intensive two-year programme.

This course will be run two evenings a week with a few Saturday workshops throughout the course.

What you will study

This course will prepare students for a range of university courses including:

  • Biosciences
  • Forensic Science
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Food and Science Technology
  • Healthcare Science
  • Dental Technology
  • Nursing
  • ODP
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Health
  • Dietetics
  • Radiography
  • Pharmacy

This qualification is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to progress into Higher Education and the content which is covered typically allows students to progress to university courses. This is an intensive course, so candidates must be certain they are ready for both the academic demands and the workload of the programme. On successful completion of the course, learners will achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma qualification. This is a nationally recognised qualification that is accepted for entry into Higher Education courses.

Biology and Chemistry are covered as major subjects on this course. You will also be required to study Numeracy, Communications and Study Skills as mandatory core subjects. Weekly personal tutorials are held to support students through their studies.

Please note that some degree pathways require additional qualifications (e.g GCSE Maths/English at Grade B), alongside the Access to HE Diploma qualification. Please ensure you sign up to the appropriate provision based on your planned exit route - this can be discussed with us during your interview if you wish.

If you don't already have the GCSE qualifications and these are needed for your preferred university course, you might like to consider our pre-Access course - Adult Foundation. Induction week typically starts in the first week of September each academic year.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £175.00

Course Fee: £175.00

Entry requirements

Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy assessed at interview and GCSE Grade A* - C in Maths. Learners need to be outside of FT education for three years prior to studying this Course. 

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assessment including essays, presentations, in class tests and exams.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

31 August 2020

End date

30 July 2022

Time of day

Night Time

Part Time

10 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Access to Higher Education Diploma (Bios
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What our students say

I think I have really grown in confidence on the course, and have gained basic skills which I didn’t have before, I left school at the begin in Year 11, so getting a C in maths and English at GCSE was a big deal for me, and it boosted my confidence. 

Francessca Hill
Studied Adult Foundation and Access. Now studying Foundation Degree Care Studies at CAVC.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE