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Access to Higher Education (Social Studies)Level 3 Diploma

This course is for anyone interested in social studies who wants to study a degree in a related area.

Course details


This course is for people that would like to study on a Higher Education programme in social studies e.g. the Psychology and Sociology BSc (Hons), but need to gain the required entry qualifications and skills.

What's covered?

You will study a range of different units across the programme, some focusing on your academic skills and some more subject specific, such as:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Crime and deviance
  • Mental health
  • Counselling
  • Psychology and Law
  • Social Policy

How will my work be assessed?

Assessment is through a range of assessment techniques which may include assignments, presentations and examinations.

What can I do after this?

You can progress to higher education programmes at university or college to study programmes in areas such as Psychology, Sociology or Social Work, including our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology degree programme at University Centre Southend.

At least one GCSE in either English Language or Maths at C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent (Functional Skills Level 2) – Evidence of this will be required during the application cycle.

Ideally you will have both. However, you may work towards the one that you do not have whilst studying with us.

Many universities require GCSE Maths and English rather than an equivalent. It is your responsibility to begin checking which qualifications you require with the university or college you wish to progress to.

As part of the interview process, as well as showing suitability through a verbal interview you will need to complete a short computer-based assessment in Maths and English to show that you are currently working to a minimum of level 1.

Ready to apply?

Applying for a course is simple:

  1. View the Course details above to ensure this is the correct course for you.
  2. Check the Entry requirements above.
  3. Choose your preferred course option below and click the arrow to view details.
  4. Click the button to apply or make an enquiry.

If you have any questions, a course adviser is here to help you.

Attendance: 13 hours directed study per week

  • Venue Southend Campus
  • Starts Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Attendance Full time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Provision Adults
  • Cost £3000.00
  • Cost details Course fee based on 2018-19 for UK/EU students. Please note the cost stated is for 2018/19 and may increase for 2019/20.
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