Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Sciences (Psychology & Humanities)


1 year


Rush Green


Oct 2021


Adult 19+

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares those without traditional qualifications for study at university.

On this course you will study units on social policy, sociology, psychology and Law.

Learners will be assessed through coursework, presentations, debates and exams.

Work experience is highly desirable to support your UCAS application.

You will need a Level 2 Functional Skills in English or a GCSE in English grade 4+ (C or above).

The Access programme requires the study of 19 units, over 9 month period and therefore to successfully complete this programme you'll require a lot of self-discipline and resilience. It's designed for mature learners who have substantial work, personal or academic experience and can demonstrate that they have successfully overcome challenges before.

Applicants who are not 19 at the start of the academic year (the 31st August) are expected to have maths and English at level 2 and if successful in getting a place on an Access to Higher Education Diploma Programme it is compulsory that you participate in the national study programmes for the under 19s as well.

You can progress to Higher Education in areas related to Social Science. These may include some of the following areas:

  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Social Anthropology
  • Media Studies
  • Development Studies
  • A wide range of combined and related degrees.