Access to HE Social Sciences

Diploma – Open Award
Study Area: 19+
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Part Time

Course Overview

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.

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.

Start Date

September 2024

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

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

All applicants will have opportunity to discuss their application during an interview with one of the tutors, where any questions about the course can be answered.

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


Progression opportunities at the University Centre: 

Early Years Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree Community, Public Health and Social Care

HNC Counselling and Applied Psychology (HTQ) | Calderdale College

Progression to other HE providers: 

Degree programmes in Social work, Psychology, Counselling, Youth & Community, Teaching 

Assessment Methods

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

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: £3,380

Registration Fee: £200

An Advanced Learner Loan is available to cover the cost of the Tuition Fee on this course. The Registration Fee is a separate fee, which you may not need to pay depending on your circumstances. Advice will be given about this during enrolment.

When you complete a HE qualification the Advanced Learner Loan is written off and you will not need to repay it.

Please contact Advice & Guidance for more information on 01422 399367 or see the Finance and Funding page.

Awarding Body

This programme is validated by One Awards.

Access to HE Social Sciences

Study Area: 19+
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Part Time
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