Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Access to Higher Education: Social Sciences Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and will be completed in one year. Attendance is over two full days, Mondays and Thursdays 9.15am until 5.30pm.

Entry requirements

Access to Higher Education Social Sciences Level 3 is aimed at students who wish to go onto further study at university to study a wide range of social science courses, including social work, psychology, sociology and law. (Always check directly with the university beforehand to ascertain whether this access course is the correct one).

  • You will need to be 19 years old when the course commences in September
  • You will need to have GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C or above
  • You will need a GCSE in Science if you wish to progress into Teaching
  • All learners wishing to progress to university should have experience of vocational/voluntary work within their intended specialist area, prior to commencing the course
  • Prospective students will be required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme and will be required to demonstrate sufficient fluency in reading and writing English

You will achieve

You can achieve Level 3 credits validated by CAVA, which is a ‘kite marked’ accreditation body. To achieve the Access to HE Diploma, you must achieve an agreed number of credits, which is currently 60: 45 of which are at Level 3 (graded) and 15 Level 3 ungraded.

Course overview

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares you for study at degree level.

If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you. This course will enable you to work towards a career in a wide range of professions, including ones in the public and voluntary sectors. You can use this qualification to gain entry to university to study a Social Science related course.

Course content

The following areas are covered:

  • Study Skills: covers all aspects of academic writing including essay writing, report writing, presentations and examination techniques
  • Career Development, reflective practice: covers a variety of areas including becoming a reflective practitioner, aggression, law, personality theories
  • Psychology: you will explore the study of human behaviour in various ways such as human development, cognition, social interaction
  • Sociology:  Looks at the areas or crime and deviance, youth subcultures, socialisation and ideas that shaped the world
  • Social Policy: this unit covers a broad range of topics including safeguarding, the welfare state and the roles and responsibilities of social workers. You will be expected to carry out a substantial amount of self-study in your own time. There is a mixture of study methods employed on both programmes e.g. lectures, group workshops and discussions to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning.

You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work e.g. an essay, a report, a presentation and/or group work. Although there is no formal examination, an end of module test is used to collect some evidence needed for assessment.

You will require stationery items.

Church Street Campus
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On completion of this programme, you could apply for training in a career such as Social work, Law, psychology, sociology, counselling, youth and community work, Teaching, Education Studies with Psychology and Counselling and Humanities degrees e.g. Philosophy.

Students wishing to apply to university are advised to contact the relevant admissions tutor with regard to the level of English and maths required for entry. Likewise students should check that the course is acceptable as an entry qualification for the degree programme they wish to enter.

How much does the course cost?


19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



If you’re undertaking an Access to Higher Education (HE) course and then go on to complete an HE qualification, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off, once you have fully completed both courses.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Access to Higher Education: Social Sciences Level 3 Full-time

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