Health Sciences Pathway Courses

Health Sciences Pathway Courses help students gain the basic health knowledge and skills that will prepare them for further study at college and university courses.

Students usually graduate from a Health Sciences Pathway Course with a Diploma in one year. After graduation from a Health Science Pathway Course, students can enter the second year of the college or university degree program.


Areas of Study in Health Sciences Pathway Courses

Common areas of study in a Pathways Health Sciences Course include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemistry and Biology
  • Cells and Tissues
  • Communication Skills for Science and Technology
  • Health Challenges in Contemporary Society
  • Genes and Diseases
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology
  • Culture and Health
  • Evidence Based Practice in Health

Some education providers that follow a trimester structure will have the advantage of letting students complete the course in less than one year.

Structure of Pathway Courses

An education pathway can lead from high school in the student’s home country, through Academic English, to the Health Sciences Pathway Course and then directly to the second year of the university course. It is illustrated as follows:

Pathway courses are very popular in higher education because they help students move to the next level of study.

Pathways often build skills in Academic English, as well as the important skills of numeracy, researching, referencing and writing essays and reports.

Some Pathway courses allow students to take an intensive course that is the same as a first-year university course.


Pathway Course Advantages

The advantages of choosing a pathway course include:

  • Start with lower entry requirements that normal college courses
  • Build English language skills
  • Build academic skills such as researching, referencing and essay writing
  • Small class sizes allow for extra student care
  • Teachers with skills in teaching students from different backgrounds
  • Intensive courses allow students to progress faster