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Pre-Access: Science (WITHOUT Physics) - Level 2

Access to Higher Education|Maths and Science

Course ID: 172760

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Designed to prepare you for university if you don't have traditional qualifications.
  • This course is for students aged 19+ who wish to progress to the Access to Higher Education Diploma.
  • Inclusive, supportive and respectful learning environment.
  • You'll gain extensive knowledge in the core subjects and also study Maths and English alongside.
  • Outstanding academic and pastoral support.
  • Level 2 qualification.
  • Study at our Clarence Street building.
  • Takes one academic year (September to the end of June)

What to expect from the course

The Pre Access Full Science programme is for students wishing to progress onto a Level Thee Access Diploma, to eventually progress to degree courses such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science etc.

This is a full GCSE programme and you will study GCSE Maths, English, and a combination of Science subjects


GCSE Maths or Functional Skills Maths
GCSE English or Functional Skills English
GCSE Biology
GCSE Chemistry

Why study with us?

The Pre Access department at The City of Liverpool College is a team of specialist teachers with extensive knowledge of their subject areas. We have considerable experience and expertise working with adult learners who have taken either a short or a long break from formal education.

We understand that returning to education can be a daunting prospect. Accordingly, we provide an inclusive, supportive and respectful learning environment. We are here to nurture and encourage you to embrace fresh academic study, to facilitate your smooth progression through to university, enabling you to pursue your career ambitions and to achieve your full academic potential.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

This course can lead to Level Three Access to Higher Education Diplomas, such as allied health professions and science.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to study this qualification.

To secure a place on the Pre-Access programme, you must currently be working towards Level 2 in both English and Maths. Therefore, in order to receive an offer of a place on the course, you will be required to pass the College’s initial assessment, which will identify you as working towards Level 2/GCSE.This assessment will determine whether you are placed initially on Functional Skills or GCSE, which will be reassessed during the first half term.

If you are not currently working towards Level 2/GCSE, you will be required to complete a programme of study aimed at improving your skills in English and Maths. You will have an opportunity to do this by studying on a flexible English and Maths course before you apply next year for this course.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will help you find the right option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £33,958.60 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

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