What is this course about?

Please note that this course follows on from a 4 week introductory course – please see start dates on the right for details. Please ensure that you are enrolled on the short course first, upon successful completion of which you will be enrolled on this course. The Access to Higher Education course provides you with an ideal way of developing the skills necessary to progress to university, whilst studying subjects that are relevant to your chosen degree programme. The course covers the 3 key sciences of Chemistry, Biology and Physics as follows: Chemistry: Atomic Structure, Bonding, Functional Groups, Hydrocarbons, Physical Chemistry and Hydrocarbons Biology: Cell Biology, Genetics, Human Immunity, Human Nutrition and the Digestive System, Reproduction and Growth, Respiration and Circulation, Endocrine and Nervous System, Musculo-skeletal System and Urinary System Physics: Electricity, Mechanics, Optics and Sound, Physics, Thermal Properties and Heat Transfer
Start: Mon & tue 11/09/2017
Time: & Tue-17:00-21:00
Start: Mon & tue 09/10/2017
Time: & Tue-17:00-21:00
Start: Mon 10/09/2018
Time: 17:00-21:00

How is it taught?

The Access course is taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, research, laboratory based experiments, group discussions, workshops and seminar based activities. Students will use the latest IT facilities to promote independent research and study skills. In addition to the main subjects, all students attend a weekly tutorial session and will have a number of one-to-one tutorials to discuss progress on the course.

What else do I need to know?

Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. If you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resource Centres or one of the special study workshops in English, Mathematics and Information Technology. All our classrooms and teaching laboratories are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience.

What could I do next?

Typically students on the Access Science Diploma progress to university to do a range of Science degree programmes including Forensic Science, Physiotherapy, Biology, Psychology, Radiography, Operating Department Practice (ODP), Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Biomedical Science, Paramedic Science, Biochemistry and Microbiology.
Course Code


  • Mon & tue 11/09/20174 weeks
  • Mon & tue 09/10/201731 weeks
  • Mon 10/09/20184 weeks

Cauldon/Science Centre



Fee Code: L

These courses receive government funding, and some learners will be eligible for FREE tuition if you meet specific criteria. Some ‘L’ code courses from Level 2 upwards may also have an Advanced Learning Loan available for most learners aged 19 and over. See here for more information about the criteria for free tuition and here for Advanced Learning Loans.

* Please note that fees shown are for 1 year only. If course is longer than 1 year/38 weeks, then additional fees will apply.