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Access to HE Diploma (Social Care & Social Sciences)

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This course is for you if you're looking at achieving a diploma to progress in Social Care, Social Services, Social Sciences and Teaching at a degree level. The course provides learners with a platform to HE upon achieving an overall pass and meeting the entry requirements and conditions of their prospective HE establishments.


Learners will develop a wide range of skills from academic writing to reflective skills to name a few. You will also develop skills in group work as well as independent skills. The tutors provide a supportive learning environment to ensure individual needs are met and ensure successful achievement of their learners. 

Some of the modules that you can expect to study on the Access to Social Care & Social Sciences include:

  • Study skills
  • Researching and understanding opportunities for study in Higher Education
  • Access project
  • Social policy and welfare
  • Professional practice
  • Psychology
  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • Values and practice in care and development

This Access course is particularly suitable for people who are considering a career in the fields of Social Care, Social Services, Social Sciences and Teaching. Other areas such as Community Studies, Counselling, Education Welfare, Youth Offending and Probation Service degrees are a good route also. Other potential job opportunities include:

  • Social worker
  • Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Teaching
  • Senior care worker
  • Probation officer
  • Community development worker
  • Children and young families

From September 2016, we may also be offering an evening timetable. If this would be your preference, please inform the tutor at your interview.

Nelly Louise, a current Access student said "I am a mum with 3 children and had been out of work for numerous number of years and wanted a change of direction. I decided to go back into education and enrolled on the Access course. This was a daunting experience as I had been out of education since I left school. There was a diverse range of people on the course and I made very good friends. The course was very strenuous with assessments one after another, however with guidance from my tutor and support of my peers, I managed to achieve the grades I needed to get into university. I have been offered a place at Huddersfield and start this year, and now I'm looking forward to a new start that couldn't have been achieved without my tutor and the Access course."


As the course is at level 3 commitment is essential. In addition to your work at college you will be required to undertake independent study and research.

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 19 years of age and have GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4 or above. You are also required to have GCSE Maths at grade C or grade 4 or above, (Maths equivalents are accepted). Specific courses will require GCSE Science please can the learner check with the University they are hoping to apply to before enquiring.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Learners are assess throughout the course via a variety of methods such as assignments, presentations, portfolio building and examinations.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This course can lead to degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Teaching, Counselling, Youth and Community Studies, Foundation Degrees, HNC/HND's and other related studies. Further education studies can include the PGCE or Masters studies


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12/13 hours per week (September)
  • Days: Monday to Wednesday (September)
  • Start Time: 9.30 am
  • End Time: 2.30 pm
  • Duration: 36 Weeks (September
  • Course Fees: Please contact Advice & Guidance on 01422 399367 19 – 24 funding available. 24+ loan available. Contact Advice & Guidance for more information
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professional Manager
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: Level 3 Diploma in Social Care and Social Sciences
  • Awarding Body: One Awards

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