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Bradford College

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.

Units covered are:


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Treating Disorders
  • Social Psychology
  • Offender Profiling
  • Memory
  • Psychological Investigation
  • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviour (CUA)


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

Study Skills

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

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).

Induction for this course will begin the week commencing the 19th of September, before beginning on the week commencing the 26th September.

Assessment on Access programs involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports and research investigations.

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.

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.

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 ay any time.