Course Details

  • This Access to Higher Education diploma is designed to prepare mature learners for higher education.

    Due to the nature of the degrees and professions students’ progress onto, this diploma fosters skills of reflection, critical analysis and debate.

    The course covers academic units from the following modules:
    • Psychology
    • Social Policy
    • Sociology

    You’ll study a range of topics including Safeguarding Children and Social Work, Personality Theory, Race in British Society, and Perspectives on Policing.

    You’ll also be encouraged to view social and personal issues from different perspectives and to broaden your outlook.

  • Applicants for this course will preferably possess both GCSE English and maths at grade C or above.
    If you have a GCSE grade D or Functional Skills Level 2 qualification, you can also study one GCSE alongside this Access to Higher Education diploma.
    Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths may also be considered subject to confirmation of the entry requirements for degrees which applicants wish to progress onto.

  • This Access Diploma is assessed through ‘continual assessment’ meaning assignments are completed on topics throughout the academic year. Types of assignments include essays, reports, academic posters and leaflets, exams and presentations.
    A supportive and interactive learning environment is provided using a variety of methods including classroom-based teaching, group work, individual tutorials, videos, outside visits and guest speakers.
    Learners are supported with acquiring and improving their study skills through a weekly tutorial which also includes one-to-one support with your personal tutor.

  • Upon successful completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to progress onto higher education.
    Previous learners have progressed onto degrees in Social Work, Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work, Psychology (also combined with subjects such as Psychotherapy), Sociology, Philosophy, and Social Care at universities including The University of Manchester, The University of Salford, Edge Hill University and The University of Cambridge.


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  • If you need help with affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available to you. You might be eligible for special bursary support or extra help from the government. Have a look at our fees, finance & funding page to find out all the information you need

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