Course Overview

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.

Course Structure

You will attend classes in Social Issues in Healthcare; Psychology; Study Skills and Academic Writing Skills.

You will complete the following units:

Sociology – 18 credits

  • Introduction to Sociology (ungraded)
  • Sociological Theories
  • Application of Theories to Substansive Topics
  • Research Project.

Counselling – 15 credits

  • Introduction to Counselling (ungraded)
  • Foundations in Counselling
  • Planning a research project (Counselling)
  • Contexts in Counselling.

Social Issues in Healthcare – 21 credits

  • Introduction to Social Issues in Healthcare (ungraded)
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Principles of Safeguarding in Health and Social Work
  • Health and Social Care Provision (Examination).

Ungraded non-academic unit – 3 credits

  • Study Skills.

Ungraded Academic Unit – 3 credits

  • Introduction to Psychology.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and mathematics at a minimum of Grade C/4 or Level 2 equivalents.

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

You must be aged 19 or over.

How Will I Learn?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used including:

  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Practicals
  • Tutorials.

You will be supported throughout your studies by a personal tutor.

Skills You Will Develop

In addition to the skills gained in health and social care you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills.


From this course you can progress onto a degree course in Social Work, Health and Social Care, Counselling and Psychology in Community Settings, Youth Work and Community Development or Social Nutrition and Health.

We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.

Expect Also 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 others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment on Access programmes 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. For the graded units you will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Things You May Need

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Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Email: [email protected].