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Level 3 Diploma Access to HE - Social Sciences

Subject Area

Access to HE

Student Type


Study Mode

Full Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

Are you interested in pursuing an exciting career in social sciences? Even if you have not studied for some time, this social sciences course will help you to develop your academic skills and confidence, setting you on a path to study a social science-related or social work degree at university or other higher education courses at college.

Why should I choose the course?

The access to social sciences will provide you with the qualification necessary to progress on to university or further study in your chosen subject area. Progression opportunities could include psychology, criminology, counselling, social care and social work

What will I learn?

You will study a variety of modules such as:

  • Research project – psychology and criminology
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Safeguarding
  • Counselling and therapeutic skills
  • Law
  • Academic writing and study skills (which will take you through your university application and interviews, showing you how to research and how to give a presentation).

Please note units may be subject to change.

You will be assessed during the course as each unit is taught and completed. You will be assessed through a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, research projects, and exams. The course is delivered on a blended model, with most sessions being face to face and a small part delivered online.

What will the course lead on to?

Students who achieve this qualification generally go on to university to study degrees in subjects including social work, criminology, psychology, law, counselling, criminal justice and health and social care

Are there any links with industry and university?

Universities expect adults who apply for some vocational degrees to have previous relevant paid or voluntary experience. If you are looking to become a teacher or work in a school setting it is imperative that you have some classroom experience.

If you do not already have this experience, you will be required to organise relevant experience before you begin the course. If you require advice about which type of experience would help your university application, ask to speak to our Careers Advisor based in Learner Services.

What support is available?

All HE students receive termly one-to-one tutorials with their programme leader to support them with their progress on programme. You will also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as mental health, managing finances, support for single parents, and working online. In addition, you can access a programme of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing, and time management.

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required, and a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support, and help when needed. All HE students have access to a designated progress coach who can also provide welfare support.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

During your course your learning will be enhanced by dedicated tutors who have a wide range of industry knowledge and experience. Throughout your course you will also benefit from our fantastic industry connections, which will enable you to gain valuable industry insight from a range of professionals. We have excellent progression rates on to higher education, with many students securing a place at their first-choice university.

What are the entry requirements?

Most universities ask for GCSE English Language and/or GCSE maths at 4/C or above, in addition to the access diploma, in order to be eligible to apply for certain degrees. You are therefore advised to research your intended degree and the universities you intend to apply to, in order to confirm their specific entry requirements. For this reason, you will be required to have a minimum of GCSE English Language and/or GCSE maths at 4/C or above for entry onto the access course.

What are my funding options?

If you are aged 19 or over, studying a level 3 or above course, you will now be required to pay tuition fees. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan for this course. For more information, please contact Learner Services on 01925 494494 for advice on financial support, or visit Financial Support | Warrington & Vale Royal College (

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

Apart from the course and registration fees, you will need the usual student stationery such as pens, paper, and files. The purchase of textbooks is not compulsory - there is a wide selection of books available in our dedicated Learning Resource Centre. Should you wish to purchase textbooks, your subject tutors will recommend suitable books.

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Starts Sep 2023

33 Weeks
Class Times
09:15 - 15:15
Warrington Campus
Mon, Tue, Fri
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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