Access to Higher Education (Social Science) Level 3
Access to HE Diplomas are designed to support students in reaching their full potential and accessing university courses.
Access to HE (Social Science) is specifically aimed at those wanting to work within a supportive role, either in health, social care, crimology or education. The opportunities are far reaching following social science study. Students really value the knowledge, experience and assessments within the Access to HE Diploma and feel it prepares them well for the next steps at university.
Subjects studied on the Access to HE (Social
Science) Diploma include;
- Education Studies
- Academic Studies
As the course is focused on supporting students in progressing to university, a key aspect of the course is the development of academic skills, in writing, reading, presenting and researching. Therefore, time is allocated to the development of these skills.
Students will be supported in completing their UCAS applications within the first term of study, so we do recommend students consider the university options prior to enrolling on the Access to HE course.
The qualification support students in accessing a
wide range of univeristy courses, although the large majority of students opting
for this route progress into community based roles and studying one of the
following at university;
- Education Studies including Primary Education, Early Childhood Studies, Special Needs and Inclusion Studies
- Community Health and Social Care
- Disaster Management and Policing
Access to HE courses are designed to support adult learners who have been out of full time education for at least 1 year or who are pursuing a change in career.
Students should have ideally already achieved a grade C/4 at GCSE or level 2 Functional Skill in Maths and English.
There may be opportunity to study one GCSE or Functional Skills qualification alongside the Access to HE course, should be assessed at working towards level 1 or 2 in this subject (dependent upon preferred progression routes).
Access to HE courses are studied full time over three days, with the expectation that work and re
Units are achieved throughout the year through the
completion of a range of different assessments. These might include (but not
- Academic Posters
- Verbal assessments
It is really important that a range of assessment methods are used in order to prepare students for univeristy and the variety of assessment methods they will experience.
The cost of the course is £3,022, however, there
are options available to cover these costs depending on your circumstances. For
more information about fees, please use the following link;
Financial support is available to assist with
travel and childcare (subject to specifc terms). For more information about the
bursary, please use the following link;
After the course
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded level 3 credits at either pass, merit or distinction. There are 45 graded credits available, which carry UCAS points.
Each university will advertise their entry requirements and outline the number of credits they are expecting prospective student to achieve at each grade.
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