Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Access to Science

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:ML1ACSC
Start Date:03/09/2020
End Date:31/07/2021
Start Time:09:00
End Time:16:00

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Course Overview

Access to Higher Education (HE) prepares adults without traditional qualifications such as A Levels for study at university. This diploma is widely recognised by UK universities and Colleges. You will be given the opportunity to develop not only academic knowledge in your chosen subjects but also broader study skills to help you succeed at university.

In this pathway, you will study 3 subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics as well as a compulsory Study Skills course. This pathway also includes a compulsory science practical project (in lieu of a subject unit 4). This project can be tailored to your chosen HE course and / or your interests (biological / cosmetic / environmental / pharmaceutical / engineering or physics to name a few).

Practical work can help you to understand the process of scientific investigation and to develop an awareness of health and safety and risk assessment.

In addition to the compulsory Access subjects, you will attend tutorial and have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor regularly on a one-to-one basis. All subjects are taught in well equipped laboratories to help develop a full range of practical scientific skills.

You are advised to apply for this course between November 2019 and June 2020. Interviews start in February and the course is usually very popular.

There are fees for this full time programme. Currently these are as detailed below but are subject to change:

Age 24+ £3,384 total fee.

Age 19-23 (if not achieved level 2 and or level 3 or other concessionary categories) £185.

Age 19-23 (if already achieved full Level 3) £3,384 total fee.

Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for financial support towards such costs as travel, equipment, books and childcare. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your Access course tuition fees (see This loan may be written off, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education qualification. Please contact our Learner Futures Centre on 01223 226315 or email

If you are applying as an International Student, please contact our International Centre via email or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317.

Progression & Career Opportunities

Many Access students feel that they have not yet fully developed their potential and the programme offers them the chance to get to grips with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to succeed at Higher Education.

Former students on the programme have progressed onto a wide range of courses such as zoology, marine biology, biochemistry, dietetics, physics etc. at a broad range of universities in the UK.

Entry Requirements

You will need GCSE Maths and GCSE English grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) as a minimum before applying for this
course.  This is because most degree courses now require L2 in Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C), in addition to the Access diploma.  The Access programme is designed for students who wish to return to study with a view to going on to Higher Education so we need to make sure you are well prepared for this starting point.

Please research HE requirements very carefully. A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THE COURSE IS VERY INTENSIVE.
Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on you:
*  Providing a satisfactory reference
*  Attending taster days: Monday 29th June - Thursday 2nd July 2020

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Assessment is by coursework and examinations. There will be at least 1 assignment for each unit (4 units per subject). These assignments may be written such as essays / research projects and oral e.g. presentations.

This programme takes one year to complete, starting at the beginning of September and finishing in late June the following year. In addition to timetabled classes, it is expected that students will complete at least 15 hours of further independent study per week.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete a CRC Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website Download here or contact us via email If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448. Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend an interview/Welcome Event, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your choice of pathway and your future career plans with the Access team. You will also have a chance to look around the College and ask any questions you may have.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.