Course Overview

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. 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.

Course Structure

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

You will complete 15 ungraded units in:

  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to English Language and Literature.

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 Psycholog
  • Application of Theories to Substantive Topics (exam)
  • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviours
  • Research Project.

You will complete nine graded credits in English Language and Literature with units in:

  • Introduction to English Language and Literature.
  • Academic skills in English Language and Literature
  • Analysis of a novel

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

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C/4-5 are preferred although Level 2 equivalents will be considered.

You must be aged 19 or above.

Applications should be made direct to the College.

How Will I Learn?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used including:

  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Tutorials.

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

Skills You Will Develop

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.

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

How You Will Be Assessed

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.

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.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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 FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].