Course Details

  • Are you thinking of applying for a degree in humanities or social science but don’t have the right qualifications you need for university? Don’t worry – this Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science is the ideal way to develop the foundational skills and relevant grades you’ll need.

    During this year-long diploma, you’ll study modules in psychology, sociology and criminology. You will cover sociological theory, education, non-verbal communication and crime causation. You’ll also develop all the skills you’ll need for success at university too, including setting targets and reflective practice, critical analysis, debate and research skills. This will ensure you’ll fully prepared to continue your journey and face any challenge as you advance onto a higher-level course.

  • To be eligible for this Access To Higher Education Diploma in Social Science, you’ll need to have GCSEs in Maths and English Language at Grade C/4 or above, as this is typically requested by universities. Alternatively, you’ll need to be studying at least one of these subjects to GCSE level alongside your Access programme.

    Work experience is always desirable. We strongly suggest that you organise a placement in a care setting either before you start or during the early stages of your course.

    Prospective students should check the entry requirements of their preferred university to ensure the best possible opportunity for progression.

  • During this Diploma, you’ll be assessed through a variety of methods to help develop your knowledge & skills and to prepare you for university. This will include classroom-based teaching, group work, individual tutorials, videos, outside visits and guest speakers.

    Assessment is continuous so you will complete assignments for each module throughout the academic year.

  • This Access to Higher Education course is designed specifically to give you the qualifications needed to advance onto a university-level course, and you’ll be able to do exactly that when you have completed it. You’ll find a wide range of degrees to choose from in criminology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, midwifery, nursing and life sciences, along with other science degree programmes here at The Manchester College.

    You could also use this qualification as a stepping stone into a career in the public sector such as psychiatry, counselling, teaching (further education), and probation. Learners also progress onto careers in non-statutory organisations such as charities working with substance misuse and overseas aid organisations.

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  • Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay tuition fees for this Access to Higher Education Diploma.

    There are a number of different funding and finance options to help you afford The Manchester College, with dedicated support from the government, bursaries and grants, and special loans to cover any tuition fees. Find out more about the different help you could receive on our fees, finance and funding page.

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  • Is there something you’d like to know in particular about this course? Or maybe you want to find out more about the application process or career opportunities this qualification can help you achieve?

    Whatever your question is, big or small, our course enquiries team are on hand and more than happy to answer any queries you have. Just get in touch here.

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