Access to Social Science

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    September 2023


This Access to Social Science programme is designed for adults interested in undertaking a career in the Social Science, Psychology or Counselling fields.

Successful completion of the course could also lead to progression onto the College's University Level courses. You could study the HNC/HND in Public Services on your doorstep and at up to half the cost of university fees.

What will I do?

The Access to Social Science programme is gained by achieving 18 Level 3 credits in Sociology, 18 Level 3 credits in Psychology and 18 Level 3 credits in Counselling.

You will also complete six Level 3 credits in Study Skills.

Whilst it is an advantage that you have a full Level 2 qualification prior to entry on the Access to Humanities programme, the only requirement is that you hold at least a minimum of one GCSE grade 4 (Old GCSE grade C), in either English or Maths (equivalent qualifications may also be accepted e.g. Functional Skills Level.

The Access to Social Science programme will take 34 weeks to complete. You will study at College 14 hours a week and hours are designed to fit around childcare/school hours.

For those aged 19-23 on the first day of the course, if this is your first Level 3 course your fees may be free, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

The Access to Social Science programme will cost £3022.
If you have already gained a Level 3 qualification you may still be able to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

For the full diploma to be awarded you will need to compile a portfolio of assignments, which are externally moderated by Aim.

You will learn by a variety of processes including theory and practice, portfolio assignments, individual and group work.

Successful completion of the Access to Social Science programme may allow you direct entry to university study on courses such as Counselling, Psychology, Criminology, Social Work, Social Policy, Politics, International Relations or HND in Public Services.

How to Apply.

To apply for a course, you will need to have an account with us!

Creating an account is easy, just click ‘Apply for this course’ below.

If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

You can download our course guide