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Access to HE Diploma (Social Science)

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ONWARD Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Science Level 3

Start Date:
11 September

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for those who wish to progress to University to study social science, social care, social work and education based subjects such as sociology, psychology, social work, teacher training, childhood studies, early years and numerous other professional practice degrees.

You should be aged 19 or over, have had a break from full-time learning and gained some experience of work. You will need to be highly organised, able to problem solve and use initiative with effective communication skills. You will be required to participate in a careers interview, initial assessment and a group discussion before you are eligible to enrol.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You should have GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above. You will also be required to undertake an initial assessment in English and maths and demonstrate Level 2 ability English and Level 1 maths.

Please note if you do not have these qualifications, we may be able to work with applicants who meet the initial assessment expectation to negotiate an appropriate pathway dependent on university entrance needs for your planned degree. There is also a pre-access course that you will be able to study to prepare you for a Level 3 Access programme.

What will I study on the course?


You will study three principal subjects at Level 3:

- Education studies

- Psychology

- English language

Plus core skills units in:

- Study skills

- Academic writing

Duration: 2 year part-time

Level 3

Course Cost: £3800 Fees for 18/19

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips.

Progress will be assessed by portfolio, assignments and exams.

The access course is very demanding course and it is unlikely that you will have time to complete additional qualifications. To strengthen your university application a number of higher education programmes will expect you to have experience in your chosen field. E.g. paid or voluntary work.

ONWARD Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Science Level 3

After successful completion of this course you could progress to a higher education programme of study either at University of at Northumberland College.

Career opportunities: Upon successful completion of your degree you could apply for roles appropriate to your HE. Study for example Social Worker, Early Years Educator, Teacher, Sociologist, Psychologist.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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