L2 PreAccess

Start Date
Course Course
Science, Dental & Pharmacy
City Campus

About this Course

This one year, ‘Pre-Access’ course is designed to allow students to develop their skills in preparation for study at Level 3 Diploma level. Featuring two specialist pathways in either health or science, this Level 2 course will help in your understanding of the topics covered at Level 3 whilst also allowing you the time to study for a GCSE in English Language or Maths; which is required for entry at Level 3. This programme focuses on the humanities pathway, where you will study subjects such as human health and disease, substance misuse and critical thinking.

Key Units

The course is assessed through a variety of task based assignments which would typically reflect the skills required of you on both a Level 3 Access to HE Diploma and also whilst studying for a Higher Education qualification.


This will include, but is not limited to:

  • reports
  • academic essays
  • professional discussions
  • presentations
  • blogs/vlogs
  • campaign posters

Examples of units studied on the Health Pathway are:

  • Human Health and Disease
  • Recognising Issues of Substance Misuse
  • Critical Thinking
  • Chemistry, Structures and Changes

Entry Requirements

Applicants who do not have GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above are recommended to study this qualification alongside it.

Please ensure you check the individual entry requirements for the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma you wish to study after your Level 2 Certificate. Some diplomas require English Language, Maths and/or Science GCSE.  


Applicants should have work/volunteering experience in the sector they wish to progress to or have experience that links to the course.


The course uses a variety of assessment methods which reflect the wide skillset required to be successful at Level 3 and higher. Typical assessment types consist of compiling reports, presentations, creating blogs, taking part in academic discussions and symposiums plus much more!

Where does this Lead

Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared to progress on to a Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, subject to you meeting the specific entry requirements and standards.

Future Opportunities

Further progression can see students entering Higher Education with a firm grasp of the skills and knowledge required for success.

Extra Costs

Students may wish to participate in trips and visits offered from time to time, however these do not currently form a compulsory element of the course.

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