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Access to HE Diploma – Health Professions (Biology and Chemistry) (19+)

Do you want a career in Pharmacy, Optometry, Clinical Science, Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry or Dietetics? Our Fast Track to University course for those aged 19+ can get you on the relevant Degree in 1 year.

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund this course, and then go on to complete a Higher Education course, you’ll be eligible to have the balance of your Advanced Learner Loan written off. However, if you don’t complete either course, you won’t be eligible to have the balance written off and will need to repay your loan in full.

We support mature students with few formal qualifications but with life experience and help to create pathways to life-changing opportunities. Many adults have the potential and ability to study for a Degree or professional qualification but have been unable to do so because their education was disrupted due to family, financial, social or personal circumstances. The Fast Track to University course is a great way for mature students to get back into education. You will be given support and guidance throughout the UCAS application process so that when you have completed the course you are able to move straight to your chosen Degree.

Additional GCSE requirements also need to be considered as these are not set by the individual institutions but by a national body.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1 Year
depending on Level
Validated by

Entry Requirements

  • 19 or older to start this course
  • GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C) English or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Interview

What you will study

  • Control and Communication
  • Reproduction
  • Diet and Digestion
  • Cell Biology
  • Human Cardiac and Respiratory Systems
  • Pathogens and Immune System
  • Enzymes and Nucleic Acids
  • Chemistry: Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry: Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry: Chemistry Laboratory Skills
  • Core HE Study Skills 1
  • Core HE Study Skills 2
  • Core Chemistry
  • Exploring Biochemical Molecules
  • IT: Using Word Processing Software

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)
  • Forensic Science BSc (Hons)
  • Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
  • Dietetics BSc
  • Genetics BSc
  • Optometry BSc
  • Diagnostic Radiography BSc
  • Biochemistry BSc



  • Pharmacist
  • Optometrist
  • Radiographer
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Paramedic
  • Dietitian
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geneticist
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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