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Access to Higher Education – Social Science (Psychology/Sociology)

Qualification Gained
ASCENTIS Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science
Study Level
Access to Higher Education, Adult, Level 3
1 year Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


The one-year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science provides a broad-based experience for students over the age of 19 to progress to a range of Higher Education courses in the Social Care Professions subjects.

  Key Info

This course will combine key study topics in Sociology and Psychology. Topics include Behaviours, Perspectives, War and Violence.

Expect to spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course.

You should also expect to work with independently and with others, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

All students attend classes in Sociology, Psychology and Study Skills.

You will complete 15 ungraded units in:

  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

You will complete 18 graded credits in Sociology with units in:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Application of Theories to Substantive Topics (Exam)
  • The Sociology of War and Violence
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Research Investigation

You will complete 18 graded credits in Psychology with units in:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Application of Theories to Substantive Topics (Exam)
  • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviours
  • Research Project

The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

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

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

Assessment on Access programs involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, research investigations and two end-of-year examinations.

You will have a combination of 15 ungraded and 45 graded units. The graded units will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

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

In addition to the skills gained in Sociology and Psychology, you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills. You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto Higher Education. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.


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.

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.

When you sign forms and accept a place at the College, you agree to abide by College rules and any changes made to them, and accept that we have the right to reject applicants. You also accept that there are certain circumstances that could prevent us from providing some services or programmes. These are: changes in Government funding policy, low class numbers; severe weather conditions; severe damage to buildings; circumstances which may affect the health and safety of staff and/or students, or any other relevant circumstances outside the reasonable control of the College. In these cases, we reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service.



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