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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Engineering Science and Maths

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are for people considering going to university who don’t have the ‘traditional’ entry qualifications. Completion of these courses enables progression to study at degree level. We presently offer Access to Higher Education: Engineering Science and Maths

Career Benefits

Many learners go on to study at Britain’s most prestigious universities. Many high-ranking Universities throughout the United Kingdom, including many Russell Group and 1994 Group universities are happy to accept Access to HE Diploma students and even Oxford and Cambridge have made offers to people doing the qualification who are clearly exceptional.

London institutions that are known to have accepted Access to HE diploma graduates include University College London (UCL), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Brunel University, City University, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), London South Bank University, and of course the Open University. Also known to take Access to HE Diplomas onto their HE programs are the Exeter, the University of Birmingham, Manchester University, the University of Southampton, the University of Worcester.

For UCAS, the Access to HE Diploma is treated as equivalent in size to 3 A levels for calculation purposes. For example, 45 Access to HE credits at Distinction is considered as equivalent to 3 A grades at A level while 45 Access to HE credits at Pass is considered as equivalent to 3 E grades at A level. It is possible to generate points for any Access to HE grade profile achieved within the new specification, where 45 credits must be derived from graded level 3 units.

Course Module(s)

• Algebra

• Matrices

• Series

• Statistics and Probability

• Calculus: Differentiation

• Calculus: integration

• Dynamics: Kinematics

• Dynamics: Kinetics

• Engineering Structures

• Logs and Functions

• Statics

• Trigonometry

• Research Project

• Complex Numbers

• Academic Writing Skills

• Presentation Skills

• Computer Programming

• Spreadsheets

Course Specifications

This specification presents the requirements for the achievement of the Access to Higher Education Diploma: Engineering Science and Maths accredited by Gateway Qualifications. It specifies the generic requirements stipulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) as well as additional stipulations for the achievement of this Diploma. to ensure consistency and transparency in the academic demand and standards of the Access to HE Diploma and equity for students in the ways it can be achieved referring to the QAA Recognition Scheme for Access to Higher Education document “The Access to HE Grading Scheme1” and the “AVA licensing criteria.2” Together they specify the key regulatory and quality assurance mechanisms through which standards are established and maintained in the Access to HE Diploma.

Qualification characteristics

The Access to HE Diploma is:

  • a unitised qualification, based on units of assessment which are structured in accordance with the Access to HE unit specification (AVA)
  • a credit-based qualification, operated in accordance with the terms of the Access to HE credit specification
  • a graded qualification, as determined by the Access to HE Grading Scheme
  • a level 3 qualification, regulated by QAA).

The specification for the achievement of the Access to HE Diploma: Engineering Science and Maths

The requirements for the Access to HE Diploma are that:

  1. the total credit achievement is 60 credits
  2. of these 60 credits, 45 credits must be achieved at level 3 from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content (here, 39 credits graded academic mandatory modules plus 6 credits graded research) and
  3. the remaining 15 credits must be achieved at level 2 or level 3 from units which are ungraded

Additional requirements for the achievement of a named Access to HE Diploma: Engineering Science and Maths

The particular requirements for a named Diploma, including the full set of units to be available to students (Annex B) and information about how these must or may be combined, are contained in rules of combination (see below). The set of units to be used, and the specific rules of combination for each named Diploma, are approved by Gateway Qualifications, a QAA approved Access Validating Agency (AVA) for the South East of England.

Rules of combination

The Access to HE Diploma: Engineering Science and Maths is constructed from a set of units that was approved by Gateqay Qualifactions as an approved  AVA for use in this Diploma. They have a specified credit value and level.

Entry Requirements for Access to Higher Education Diploma: Engineering Science and Maths

1 – General Entry Requirements
To study on the Diploma course you will need very good English and Maths. If you do not have GCSE A – C (or equivalent) in Maths you will have to take this alongside the course. This course involves a lot of private study time alongside the three days in college, so you must be committed and serious about studying at advanced level.
2 – Interview and basic skills initial assessment
Students interested in the Diploma will be invited for an assessment in written English and Maths as well as attending an interview to discuss their suitability. You will also be expected to supply a reference.

Start Dates

September 2018

Tuition Fee



Full Time / 1 Year

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