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Bradford College

Access to Higher Education – Health and Social Care

Qualification Gained
ASCENTIS Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Social Care Professions
Study Level
Access to Higher Education, Level 3
1 year
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
David Hockney Building


The one-year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Social Care Professions, for those aged 19+, will provide you with a broad-based experience to progress to a range of Higher Education courses in the Social Care Professions subjects.

This pathway may allow progression to a degree in Social Work, Youth & Community Development, Health & Social Welfare, Counselling, Psychology & Community Settings, Childhood & Youth Studies and Social Nutrition & Health.

  Key Info

You will develop skills in:

  • Independent Research
  • Referencing (Harvard)
  • Critical thinking and evaluative skills.
  • Word Processing (including the use of footnotes)
  • Time Management
  • ILT (Information and Learning Technology – including the use of Virtual Learning Environments and the library online.
  • Solving or offering solutions to problems.

We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide support for university applications. You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto a Higher Education course.

All the Units within the Access courses are compulsory. Credits are awarded to you when you have successfully completed a Unit. All courses contain Units of Academic Preparation Skills.

You will also undertake modules specifically to support your vocational area of study and research projects.

Units covered are:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Treating Disorders
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Memory
  • Planning and Carrying Out Research in Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Identity
  • Sociological Theories and Their Application to Contemporary Society
  • Crime
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and Social Care Provision
  • Principles of Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Skills for Studying
  • Preparing to Progress
  • ICT – Presentation Software
  • Families, Households and Personal Relations

Entry to this course requires GCSE English Language and Maths at a grade 4 or C or equivalent.

You are at least 19 years old on 1st September.

It is your responsibility to check that your Mathematics and English Language qualifications are accepted for the Higher Education Institution course you wish to eventually apply for.

When applying to join an Access to HE course, please state on the application form that you require the Social Care pathway.

Induction for this course will begin at the start of September.

You will have both formative and summative assessments for each unit. Formative assessments will be continuous and check your learning and understanding. These will include quizzes, online practice assessments and self-marked, reflective work.

Summative assessments will be assessed through a range of assessment methods for example, reports; essays; presentations.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to further study, Higher Education or employment in the Health and Social Care sector.

£3,384. Additional fees: You may need to have access to a laptop.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.


If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.