Is this course right for me?

Would you like to progress into Higher Education? Do you want to prepare for studying a science or health science related subject?  This course gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress onto a related higher education course. It also provides a valuable route into the science and health science related professions.

The aim of the All Wales Access to Higher Education Diplomas is to give you the skills necessary to progress to and successfully participate in a programme of higher education.  They are targeted at learners who have substantial life experience gained since completing compulsory schooling.

The Science Diploma offers related topics in subject areas such as Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Health Physics.

All learners will study core study skills and mathematics, together with experimental research. The 60 credit Diplomas consist of 15 credits at Level 2 or 3 (ungraded) from core modules plus 45 academic Level 3 graded credits.

Entry requirements:

  • GCSE grade C including Mathematics and Science, as required by the route of progression to University.
  • Attendance at an interview.



All Wales Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed to help you return to studying after a break. As such, the sessions will be participative with a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. You will work closely with the tutors, learning through formal teaching as well as discussions, laboratory practicals, demonstrations and project work.


The course is assessed as follows:

  • You will be assessed during the course, with separate tasks for each unit
  • Your tutor will provide you with help and sufficient preparation
  • A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays, reports, practical tasks, problem sets and presentations
  • There will be at least one time-constrained unseen exercise for every academic subject module

The programme of learning will include subjects such as Information Technology and a Level 4 'Looking Forward to Higher Education' module.


The Science Diploma leads primarily onto degrees in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Conservation, Environmental Science and Oceanography or health science related degrees such as dental hygiene, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, paramedic practice/science, physiotherapy, podiatry and radiography.

You could also progress onto degree subjects at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including Childhood and Learning Support Studies, Public and Social Policy or Health and Social Care.