Level Three Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Pathway

The aim of this one-year full-time course is to enable mature learners to gain entry to higher education, particularly onto social work and social science-related courses. The Level Three Access to Higher Education Diploma programme is an entry qualification to a range of undergraduate programmes and degrees at local and national universities. The course is fast paced and will normally be timetabled for approximately 15 hours per week, for the full academic year.


What will I study?

  • The welfare state
  • Welfare legislation
  • Social work and social care


  • History
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Study skills
  • ICT
  • Statistics

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used, typically including assignments, presentations, essays and examinations.

How will the course be delivered?

This course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, group discussions and presentations

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 3 GCSEs A*-C/4-9 including English Language and Maths
  • GCSE Science may also be required for some career routes. 


  • For people whose first language is not English, you must have GCSE English at grade C or grade 5 or above or IELTS 7 (International English Language Testing System)
  • In addition a range of evidence will be considered when assessing the potential of an applicant to succeed on this course, such as life skills, previous employment, prior achievements and professional qualifications

What next?

A variety of degree  and other higher education courses, including the College’s range of HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees, degrees and teacher training courses.

Additional information


This qualification is awarded by CERTA

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Full Time 2018 Higher Education 2018 Autumn Part-time course guide Apprenticeship Guide