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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 Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


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
  • Social Psychology
  • Memory


  • Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Identity
  • Planning and Carrying out Research in Sociology
  • Sociological Theories and their Application to Contemporary Society (CUA)
  • Crime
  • Families, Households and Personal Relations

Social Issues in Healthcare

  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and Social Care Provision (CUA)
  • Principles of Safeguarding in Health and Social Care

Study Skills

  • Preparing for Interview
  • Preparing to Progress
  • Developing Skills for Studying

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

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

You are at least 19 years old on 1st September (18 year olds will be accepted by exception / interview).

You will need to be able to show commitment for at least 20 hours of time per week to this course for studying the course materials. You will also need to commit 8-10 hours of personal study each week for assignment and research work.

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 the week commencing the 19th of September, before beginning on the week commencing the 26th 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.


Fees: Course fees are £3485, these fees can be self-funded or you can apply for an Adult Learner Loan to help to fund your studies.

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.

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