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Access to HE Diploma (Social Science)

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About the course

This pathway provides you with an overview of a range of different aspects of social science. It’s ideal for anyone looking to progress into a career working with other people, either in a caring, supportive or analytic way. You’ll gain insight into the workings of the human brain and it’s impact on learning and society. You will explore the differences and challenges that exist within society and the theories that support this.

Topics and units

An example of course units are:
– Introduction to Sociology
– Understanding Poverty
– Sociology of the Family
– Understanding Crime and Deviance
– Sociology of Education
– Introduction to Psychology
– Developmental Psychology
– Social Psychology
– Abnormal Psychology
– Psychology of Learning
– Intelligence
– Introduction to Planning Classroom Teaching
– Technical Skills for Writing
– Preparing to Study
– Progressing to Higher Education
– Placement
– Speaking and Listening
– Extended Essay

Careers and progression

The course provides UCAS points that will allow you to apply for courses in a wide range of fields including those within the health sector.
Careers: Teaching, social work, probation officer, psychology, policing, criminology

Entry requirements

3-5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English. Routes are available if you need to attain GCSE maths/English

Additional information

 Access to HE Diplomas are accredited by AIM Group

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

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Part time


1 year

Start date



Haybridge Road


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Upcoming events

Taster Event – Step into Health and Social Care for Care Leavers (Shrewsbury)
24 June 2024
10.00am — 12.00pm
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Taster Event – HND Healthcare Professions’ Support
25 June 2024
6.00pm — 8.00pm
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T-Level Employer Information Event & Shropshire Chamber Business Expo
02 July 2024
4.30pm — 7.30pm
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