Science (CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

Science (CAVA Access to Higher Education) 19+

Subject Area: Access to Higher Education Adult Learning Science


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 152758
  • Entry Requirements

    You must be aged 19+ and have an interview with the course team.

    GCSE English Language and/or maths at grade 4 or above (A*-C)/ Functional skills level 2, interview and suitable reference.

    Should you require an Advanced Learning Loan this must be confirmed prior to enrolment.

    Course Overview


    This course is based at our Ipswich campus

    The study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme, and students must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

    This study programme in total contains 60 credits, 45 credits at Level 3 and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and 15 at Level 3 graded at Pass or Ungraded. There are 9 credits in Chemistry, 12 credits in Biology, 6 credits in Biochemistry and 9 credits in Psychology. There will also be a 3 credit unit in Physics and 6 credits for a Research Project.

    The Biology units include: Human systems and Exchange and Transport in the Human Body. The Chemistry units include: Biochemistry, Chemical Principles and Chemical Basics, and Atomic Structure and Controlling Chemical Reactions. The Psychology units include: Health Psychology and Psychological Research Methods. The Physics unit will be Radiography based. There will also be a subject-based Research project.

    There will be additional study skills units in HE Study Skills, Ethics and Introduction to Critical Thinking. A variety of assessment is used which includes essays, posters, case studies, presentations, exams, and portfolio evidence. You will be in College for 2 days for the Access to HE Diploma, plus half a day for the English or maths.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

    Take a 360° virtual tour of your learning environment - Biology and Chemistry Lab

    You can visit the CAVA website by clicking this link.

    English & Maths Requirement

    It is a mandatory requirement that every applicant for this course has achieved (and has evidence of) a GCSE English and/or maths at grade C/ 4 or above before enrolment. Should you not have evidence of a GCSE grade C/4 in English and/or maths, then you will be required to apply for; and successfully complete; the part time GCSE programme prior to the Access course.

    Should you hold one of these two subjects, then please ensure that you apply for the other qualification in addition the your chosen HE Access course when completing the online form.

    Should you have achieved your qualifications in another country, you are required to formally translate them via the NARIC website before we can enrol you. This is called a ‘Statement of Equivalency’,

    More details about the part time English and maths GCSEs at Suffolk New College can be found here:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I have English and maths qualifications but I do not have my certificates. Can I still join the course?

    To prove you meet the entry requirements you do need either your certificates or an official letter confirming your grades. If you do not have evidence of your qualifications you have a couple of options:

    1) Contact the school you were at to see if they can write a letter confirming the grades you achieved while you were there,

    2) Contact the exam boards for replacement certificates, though they do charge for this,

    3) Contact the Head of Access to HE and Science at the College, they will be able to check the national Learner Record Service.

    I studied overseas. Are my qualifications equivalent and can I gain entry onto the course with them?

    All international qualifications need to be submitted to NARIC ( to be converted to the UK equivalents. This is called a ‘Statement of Comparability’. We cannot enrol you without this. Alternatively, you will need to enrol on the GCSE programme first and complete the Access course the following year. Please refer to our website for more information about our courses,

    What days and times do I need to come in for lessons?

    All Access to HE Diplomas are timetabled over 2 days each week between 9am and 4:30pm. The exact days are dependent on the Diploma you want to study on.

    Can I use the loan to pay for my course?

    Students are eligible to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the tuition fees for this course. More information about this can be found on:

    Do I sit any exams for this course?

    Each Access to HE Diploma contains some exams although they are primarily assessed through assignments.

    Can I do English and maths alongside the Access course?

    If you only have a grade C/4 or Level 2 Functional Skills in one (English or maths) you will be required to sit the other alongside the Access to HE Diploma.

    Course Highlights

    This study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme, and must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

    The programme will give you the entry criteria for university as a 19+ mature student.

    The programme offers Level 3 Science units as well as study skills units to help prepare you for university.

    For further information on CAVA click

    Next Steps

    A number of students gained places at University of Suffolk and others have places at ARU, Essex, Bournemouth, Bristol, UEA, Swansea, and Hertfordshire.

    They are studying degrees in Adult Nursing, Child Nursing and Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Bioscience, OTP, Paramedic, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Radiotherapy, and Radiography.

    Tuition Costs

    For all students aged 19+ fees will be £3384.

    You are able to take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of this course - to find out more click here.


    Cathy Hudson “I chose Suffolk New College because it offered the course that gave me the qualifications I needed to get into university. It also gave me the opportunity to retake my Maths. I have grown in confidence academically during the course and feel it has prepared me for going on to university study. I had some amazing tutors who supported and guided me through the course and when I had difficulties, they were there to help. Now I’m off to Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford to begin a Midwifery degree.