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Access Diploma in Foundation Studies: Biological/Biomedical Science (CR)

Course Code: C3076
Campus: Castlereagh
Week Commencing: 10 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
07 Jul 19

This qualification is awarded by Queens University Belfast. This course should be of interest to students who wish to undertake a degree course in pure Biological Sciences, work in the Bioscience industry or pursue a career in one of the health-related professions. 

Please note that this is an intensive and challenging course, which requires a high level of commitment to achieve success.

Course content

Students must complete 6 modules all carry equal weight. 

Most modules are assessed through a combination of coursework assignments and exam with the exception of Support Skills which is assessed through a “Learning Journal”.

Route A - Study skills, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Biology 1, Biology 2, and Physics 1
Route B - Study skills, Chemistry 1, Microbiology, Biology 1, Biology 2, *1 Optional Unit
Route C - Study skills, Chemistry 1, Microbiology, Biology 1, Biology 2, **NICATS Maths

*Route B: Optional unit choice will depend on entry qualifications and desired progression route/career choice which may include NICATS Math’s, Physics, Chemistry 2, and Psychology.
** Route C: In year 2, a choice of optional unit will depend on prior achievements and ability to attend daytime provision.

Full-time courses will follow Route A or B and are likely to include enrichment units, which are an additional component to enhance your employability.
Part-time day courses will follow Route B
Part- Evening courses will follow Route C

Full-time course - students must be able to commit to 18 hours class study per week
Part-time Day and Evening course - students must be able to commit to 7- 8 hours class study per week over two days or two evenings.

Full time courses will be delivered on the Castlereagh Campus only but students may be required to transfer to Titanic depending on the optional unit chosen.

Part time Day and Evening courses will be offered at our Titanic and Castlereagh Campus, optional units may only be delivered on one campus and this may mean that students will need to attend different sites on the second year of their programme.

This course session is currently closed for enrolment/applications – it may be offered at a later date – please continue to check our website for updates.

Career Opportunities / Progression

In the past successful students have, progressed to study for degrees at a variety of universities, as diverse as Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Dietetics, Microbiology, Archaeology, Physiotherapy, Radiotherapy, Pharmacology, Zoology, Physiotherapy, Clinical Physiology, Teaching, Nursing, Midwifery and Occupational therapy.

Students who successfully complete the course may also progress to courses within Belfast Met including HND and Foundation Degree programmes.

Entry Requirements

College regulations stipulate that all students must be 16 or over on 1st July 2018 and meet the following criteria.
Applicants for the course must have been out of full-time education from at least June 2016
Applicants for full-time should hold at least a GCSE:
Grade C in English AND Grade C in Maths AND a Grade A-G in a Science subject.


Tuition Fee


All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Other Information

Attendance at an information session is mandatory to enable candidates to make an informed decision regarding their application for this course.  Please bring your qualification certificates for verification to these sessions.

Specific university courses will set the percentage grades required for entry - check the requirements of your desired course and University.

Note: If you have qualifications higher than Level 3, you will need to seek clarification from your chosen university course as to whether the Access qualification is accepted.

Contact Information

Elaine Hamilton/Dominic O’Prey, tel: 028 9053 3103 or email: [email protected]