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Bradford College

Access to Higher Education – Social Science

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
September 2024
Study Mode
David Hockney Building


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

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
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Offender Profiling
  • Memory
  • Psychological Investigation
  • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviour
  • Preparing to Progress
  • Developing Skills for Studying
  • ICT – Presentation Software
  • Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Identity
  • Poverty
  • Families, Households and Personal Relations
  • Crime
  • Planning and Carrying Out Research in Sociology
  • Sociological Theories and Their Application to Contemporary Society

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 Language and Maths at a grade 4 or C. Dependent upon your progression route, level 2 qualifications may be accepted.

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

Students aged 18 will be considered in exceptional circumstances and on a case by case basis.

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.

Induction for this course will begin at the start of 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.

£3,022. 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.

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