The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a year-long qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

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Funding and Advanced learner Loans:
Access to HE course are free for 19-23 year olds, providing this will be your first level 3 qualification. If you are aged 24 or over and want to study an Access to HE course, you will be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan, which will cover the cost of the course, and will be completely written off should you successfully complete your university degree. Find out more by visiting our financial support section to register your interest in receiving information about the loans from the College. 

When you complete a higher education course you will not have to repay the Advanced Learner Loan for your Access to HE Diploma course. This doesn't have to be a full bachelor's degree; it could be a foundation degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND) studied at a university or at a local college that offers HE courses. The Access to HE Diploma is the only qualification that offers this loan waiver.

A university foundation year is often taught in a partner college at a cost up to £9,250. It is not cleared when you progress and added to your overall cost. An Access course gives you the same opportunities to progress onto a degree however the cost of the access course is cancelled as above.

Forensic Science - Access to Higher Education Diploma


Forensic Science - Access to Higher Education Diploma

About the course

This course provides a pathway into a variety of Higher Education degree courses at universities, including Forensic Science and other science courses. It is particularly geared towards mature students who lack formal qualifications but have lots of experience, enthusiasm and ambition.

You do not need any formal qualifications to apply, but you must be aged 19 and above. Communications skills are important in all scientific fields, so applicants will be given a simple diagnostic assessment at the pre-entry interview stage. An interest in science and scientific methodology is a must. International students will be considered if they have equivalent qualifications and experience. Overseas applicants must have scored a 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (with a minimum of 5.5 on each skill).

Core modules include Study Skills, Maths and ICT, as well as an introduction to Forensic Science. Optional modules include Biology and Chemistry, along with laboratory work and replica `scene of crime' analysis.

Assessment is mainly continuous and geared towards the needs of mature learners. The course is 'kite marked' and awarded by OCNLR (Open College Network London Region). The course is fully approved by OCNLR and follows their rules and guidelines.

After achieving the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Forensic Science, you will be free to start a full degree either in Forensic Science or in other science-related courses. City and Islington College offers a Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation FdSc. In addition, the College has special links with London Metropolitan University, City University and the University of East London, where many of our students have gone for further study and qualifications.

Gabriella Martino

Gabriella Martino

Gabriella Martino

Studied: Forensic Science - Access to Higher Education Diploma
Destination: Security and Crime Scene at UCL

“The course has been life changing, a new prospective of life, new way of looking at things, how teachers mange the course, the extra support is rewarding and enlightening such as the support in choices of university and taking my personal statement to another level to apply to UCL. I appreciate the honesty around my work and tutors are never too busy to talk.”

Course information

Start date
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14 September 2020

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
35 Weeks
Applied Sciences
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)

If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

£9500.00 per year
£3384.00 per year
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