Social Science - Access to Higher Education Diploma - CCCG
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Social Science - Access to Higher Education Diploma

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Start Date: 3 September 2024
Attendance: Part Time
Location: Victoria Centre
Most suitable for: Adults
Duration: 1 Year
Level: Level 2
Time of day: Daytime


If you would like to study social science at university but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE course could be for you. Each year, over 20,000 Access to HE students apply for a degree course at a UK university; if you go on to complete a relevant degree at university, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off by Student Finance England.

This course will help you get the qualifications you need to study a science, or a related course, at university.

You will learn study skills such as note-taking, essay writing, reading and research, preparation for exams and oral presentation.

You will be supported throughout the course by a personal tutor who will also give you guidance in applying for Higher Education courses.


Topics covered can include:

  • Social psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Mental health and illness
  • Social influence, conformity and obedience
  • Sociology of mass media
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Families in society
  • Socialisation, culture and identity


You will need:

  • To be aged 19 or older
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above (or A*-C); however, you will be considered for the course if you have one GCSE at grade A*-C in Maths or English with the offer of GCSE classes in addition to the course.

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.


This course is assessed through coursework assignments, tests and examinations throughout the course, which are set and marked by your teachers and externally moderated by OCN London.

Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on several set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and tests.


Adults - Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2

If you will be aged 19+ on 31st August prior to the start date of your course, up to Level 2, then your study with us will be free. You must have lived for 3 years within the EU/EEA/UK prior to the start of your course, you must have lived in the UK before 1st January 2021 and you must have permission to live in the UK for at least 12 months from the first day of learning. Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.

If you are aged 19-24 and this is your first Level 3 course, you may be eligible for free tuition. 

If you are 24 years or older you will need to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it if you complete your University degree course. 


Once you have completed your Access to HE course, you can progress to a Higher Education degree at a university or college. 

You should check requirements for specific degree courses - different Higher Education institutions may have different entry requirements for similar courses.


Mary Harrison

Mary has taught in further education for around 25 years, teaching mainly within colleges. This period of teaching has provided her with a wealth of experience.  From BTEC, Access Business, Law, Humanities, Nursing and Engineering, Pre-Access Humanities and Business, Functional Skills to Communications, Higher Education and online sustainability/environmental courses and numerous bolt-on courses that also included personal tutoring and UCAS reference production.

During this period, Mary has embarked on personal study and achieved several postgraduate qualifications and because she continues with her own CPD, she has been able to keep up to date about current issues facing education.  She has been part of and privy to countless moderation processes and has become familiar with awarding body methods. Mary is innovative and creative and these character traits have allowed her to produce interesting and rewarding assignment brief content.  Since her initial educational background stems from an access programme, Mary is aware of the pressures that a condensed 'A' level course can have on our students. Mary's heritage, life experiences and research abilities, give her the ability to offer the teaching and support that the students require.  

The teachers listed may change, these shown are an example of the teachers who teach on these programmes.

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