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Overview

This course is designed for students who have substantial work experience and want to go to university. It is the equivalent of studying three A Levels in 9 months, making it a very intensive programme. You will study core skills and social science subjects, sociology and psychology.

‘Courses, such as the Access to higher education programme, have been developed to match local healthcare sector needs.’ Ofsted, 2018

Course description

You will study key theories in social science and their application through research skills. The course is assessed via a combination of coursework and exams. Each subject offers 5 units, each unit is worth 3 credits. You will need 60 credits to pass the course.

You will attend weekly tutorials which are designed to assist with study skills, confidence building and applying for university. You are advised to contact universities prior to applying, to check that you will be considered for your chosen degree if you pass the diploma. Most universities require evidence of recent study which means you should be planning to go to university within the next year or two.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.

What areas will I study?

Key areas of study are sociology, psychology, criminology, law and skills for learning.

Sociology study includes:

  • Crime and deviance
  • Sociology of the family
  • Sociology of health
  • Poverty
  • Health

Psychology study includes:

  • Social influence
  • Psychology of learning
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Psychology of stress

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September | 2020/21 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2020/21 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2020/21 £3,500 1 Academic Year(s) You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September | 2020/21 £3,500 1 Academic Year(s) You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.