Access to HE - Science (Physics and Chemistry)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Science

School Education Services

Attendance Full-Time


This is one of our L3 Access to HE Diploma Pathways.

The subject set includes: Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Study Skills, which you will need to study to complete the Access Diploma. The Access to HE Diploma is validated by Ascentis. All students must commit to a full programme of study over one year.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Riverside Dene (Cruddas Park)

Who the course is for

If you are aged 19 or over, do not already have a L3 qualification (such as A Levels) and intend to go to university the L3 Access Diploma will be of interest. You will need to be able to attend college 3 days a week and have time to study independently.

Your studies may be funded or you may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan. These loans are available to help you pay for the tuition fees.
It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. If you successfully complete your access to learning programme and then progress onto (and complete) a higher education course such as a degree you won’t have to pay back your Advanced Learning Loan.

For further detailed information on Advanced Learning Loans, please click here.

Qualification Gained

Three subjects plus the study skills module are required to gain the Access to HE Diploma. This is validated by Ascentis.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

The Access to HE - Science (Maths, Physics and Chemistry) pathway comprises the following subjects:


  • Algebra, Geometry and Sequences (including: factor, remainder and binomial theorems)
  • Trigonometry (circular trig and trig identities)
  • Calculus (differentiation and integration)


  • Principles of Physics and Dynamics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Nuclear and Thermal Physics


  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Core Principles of Chemistry
  • Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Study Skills

  • CVs, mock interviews, UCAS and personal statements
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Presentation skills and reflecting on own performance

Learning Methods

You will learn through a combination of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials and private study.

Extra help outside of class time may be available in Study Clinics by appointment.

You are also actively encouraged to make use of the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) site where you can find materials to supplement your class learning.

Assessment Methods

The subject modules are assessed through a mixture of written assignments, portfolios, end of unit tests and exams.

Progression Opportunities

The Access to HE diploma will enable you to progress onto several different degrees and diplomas in Higher Education. Progression is dependent on succeeding in a combination of subjects, which are acceptable to university admissions tutors.

Students on this pathway have progressed onto a wide range of degree courses including; maths, physics, chemistry and engineering  (including; mechanical, electrical, chemical and civil).

Applications to higher education institutions are through UCAS. For further information go to

Career Opportunities

Although the Access to HE diploma's primary role is in the preparation of mature students for university, the rigorous academic training developed in the course is attractive to employers in a wide range of business.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs to include English and a Science at least grade C. Maths must be at least a grade B.

NOTE: L2 Science will be considered in place of GCSE. However L2 English and Maths will not be accepted.

At interview, you can also expect be asked to complete initial diagnostic assessments to ensure your skills are at the correct level.

Students for whom English is not their first language must have gained an IELTS score of at least 6.0.

Offer is subject to successful entry test and interview.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Subjects in this pathway (Maths, Physics and Chemistry) may be taken as single subjects. A fee is charged for this option.

Additional Course Costs

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.