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Access to HE Diploma: Social Care & Social Sciences

If you are looking to achieve a diploma to progress in Social Care, Social Services, Social Sciences or Teaching at degree level, then this is the course for you

1 year
2 days per week

Course Info

This course provides you with a platform to progress to higher education upon achieving an overall pass and meeting the entry requirements and conditions of your prospective HE provider.

You will develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities to support your transition into a degree. The learning and assessment will stretch you to develop the basis for starting a degree programme including academic writing, referencing, critical and evaluative thinking and reflective skills. You will also develop skills in group work as well as independent working skills.

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

  • You will be provided access to MS Office 365. You can download this to your own PC or device for free. 
  • Throughout the course we will use a number of platforms including MS Office 365, Teams, Moodle, Pro Portal and Turnitin.
  • You will require a laptop, PC or tablet and access to Wifi at home.
  • We offer intensive support with university applications during the first 6 weeks of the course.


Your tutors provide an incredibly supportive learning environment to ensure that your individual needs are met and to support you to support you to achieve on the course. 

Some of the units that you can expect to study on the Access to HE Diploma: 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 

As the course is at Level 3 a high level of commitment is essential.

In addition to your work at college you will be required to undertake independent study and research for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Course leader: Bally Kaur, BSc (Hons), has been teaching for nearly a decade on Access to HE. She graduated in 2010 with a BSc in Psychology and Health Studies from the University of Huddersfield and completed her PGCE soon after. Since then she been successfully leading the University Centre’s Access to HE Social Sciences course, and is an established member of the University Centre team, with an impressive track record of supporting students to progress to
degree courses. Her previous work has included working as an interpreter alongside the West Yorkshire Police and volunteering at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

You are recommended to have GCSE Maths Grade C/4 and GCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above or a Functional Skills Level 2 equivalent. However, you may undertake GCSE study alongside the Access to HE Diploma.

If you wish to study Teaching, you must have GCSEs in English, Science and Maths at Grade C/4 and above at point of entry.

You are highly advised to check, prior to enrolling, the entry requirements of any courses you wish to apply for at degree level.