Access to HE (Level 3)

Access to Higher Education (Psychosocial Studies) Level 3 Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£3,600 * Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£3,600 * Southend Campus


This course covers both psychology and sociology and is intended for people who would like to study on a Higher Education programme in the social sciences but need to gain the required entry qualifications and skills.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or above by the 31st of August 2022.

You must have at least one GCSE C/4 or above in either English Language or Maths, or a Level 2 in Functional Skills (evidence of this will be required during the application cycle).

Ideally you will have both. However, if you only hold the one, you may work towards the one that you do not have whilst studying for your Access Diploma; this will be dependent on being accepted onto a Level 2 course, either GCSE or Functional Skills.

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.

Course Structure

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
  • Mental health
  • Social Inequality and Poverty
  • Social Psychology
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Neuropsychology
  • Mental Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Assessment & Feedback

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

Course Cost

Advanced learner loan may be available

Adult, full_time: £3,600

Course fee based on 2023-24 for UK residents, but the fees are expected to rise for 2024-25.  

Non-Uk citizens will need to provide sufficient document/s confirming your right to live and study in the UK e.g. confirmation of settled status.

What Next...

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.