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York College

This course aims to prepare you for entry into Higher Education and to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progress on to a degree or diploma course at a university or college.

What You'll Need

Please refer to the Access page for entry requirements.

The current agency guidance states; ‘Access to HE programmes are designed to support adults seeking entry to HE and the EFA funds any young people on these programmes by exception.’

At the interview stage you will be required to show the ability to work towards entry to Higher Education courses in Science and will be asked about their university plans.

Any student under the age of 19 must contact Student Services to discuss alternative options available at York College, and whether or not you have a case which may make you an exception.

Duration and Attendance

This course is due to commence in September 2017.

Applications will open on 1st December – please register interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Timetables and hours of study will be discussed at the interview. Attendance in College is for three days per week plus additional self guided study.

What You'll Do

The course is divided into units of assessment. Each unit is broken down into learning hours and most of the units are worth three to six credits (one credit equals 10 learning hours). You will specialise in either Maths and Physics or Chemistry and Biology.

The course begins with Level 2 units (GCSE standard) in the chosen subjects for the first few weeks and then continues with Level 3 units (A Level standard) for the rest of the year. In addition to this you may have to study further units in preparation for university such as academic writing or study techniques.

At interview, you will be asked to choose your pathway, either Maths and Physics or Chemistry and Biology. These two options will be discussed at an interview with a member of staff and you will be asked to express a preference based on your future career.

The programme delivery method includes: practical work, seminars, and workshops.

Exams and Assessments

Assessment will take the form of coursework, tests and exams. Assessment will take place during and at the end of each unit as appropriate. Some units will be ungraded. Most units will be awarded as distinction, merit or pass.


The Access to Higher Education Diploma is validated and accredited through the National Awarding Body Ascentis which is an Access validating agency, licensed and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Details of the units to be studied can be found on its website.

How You Can Progress

Students can progress to university to study a range of science and engineering areas depending on which set of units they take. Examples include:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Dietetics and nutrition
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiography
  • Theoretical Physics

How To Apply

You must apply online or complete a full-time application form available from the Infozone team (01904 770400) or from the website and attend an interview. Applications will continue to be taken until three weeks after the course has started.

Course Fees

Course fees vary each year. Prospective students are advised to contact us for the latest fees.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are offered a place on this course, you will be able to apply for the new Advanced Learner Loan. The loan means that you will not have to pay any tuition fees up front and will only pay back the loan when your salary rises above £21,000. Repayments are made automatically if you are employed and are part of your tax return if you are self-employed.

If you are taking out an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access to HE Diploma your Loan will be written off on successful completion of your higher education programme - so in effect your Access to HE Diploma programme could be free.

For more information follow this link.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770400.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.



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