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Level 3

Access Diploma in Medicine and Medical Sciences


The Access Diploma in Medicine and Medical Sciences is a one-year intensive course designed to get you into Higher Education.

This course will seek to help you develop yourself as an independent, confident individual and will look to give you skills that cover all of academic university life.

The Medicine and Medical Science pathway is targeted at those wanting to move on to:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Surgery
  • Medical professions (paramedics or specialist nursing).

This course is co-taught with the Access to HE (Science) cohort, but has a greater content of maths, and has been specifically designed to help transition to Medicine linked courses at degree level.

You will also be developing a wide range of academic study skills on the course, from essay writing to using ICT, leading you towards the Independent Academic Study unit, where you will have the chance to experience what producing a dissertation will be like, once you move onto university.


All learners must be 19+ on the 1st September and must have a GCSE grade C (Grade 4 or above) in Maths, English Language and Science. You must also pass an interview to be offered a place. As Medicine and Veterinary Science are incredibly competitive, it is recommended that you have relevant work experience in the last 3 years, and meet the GCSE entry requirements of your chosen university.

It is also important to ensure you will realistically be able to manage the course workload alongside any other commitments in your life. Being a mature student is extremely challenging but also highly rewarding if taken up at the right time and with the right plans and support in place. You will need approximately 30 hours per week (term time) to manage the course workload.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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