Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Part-time
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a course that enables you to progress to university. The Social Science pathway is ideal for anyone interested in working in:
Criminal Justice & Law
Counselling or other ‘helping’ roles
Pastoral/Mental Health Support
Welfare related roles
The core subjects you cover are Psychology, Criminology and Sociology. Alongside three core academic subjects, you will receive training in study skills, support in academic writing and referencing, as well as guidance with the UCAS application process.
The Social Science pathway is widely accepted on a variety of university courses including Social Work, Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling, Teaching, Criminology and Criminal Justice.
If you are under 24, and haven’t achieved a Level 3 before, your course can be funded. Alternatively, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your course fees, which you will not have to repay if you progress to University and complete your degree.
Please check the website of your chosen university for their entry requirements.
This course is studied part time, one day a week, over two years. In the first year, you will study two of your core subjects and in the second year you will study the remaining two subjects. If you would prefer to study full-time, click here to apply.
The Diploma is accredited by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group.
- You will need to have achieved a GCSE in Maths or English at grade C / 4 or above
- You would then be expected to complete the GCSE that you do not have (i.e., Maths or English) alongside the Access course so you are able to progress to University (exceptions will be considered if you do not need this criteria to progress)
Key criminological theories
Forensic Psychology including offender profiling
Key sociological perspectives
Sociological and Criminological views of the Mass Media
Abnormal Psychology with a focus on mental health disorders
Social Psychology with a focus on why we obey
Please choose your preferred study option below (subject to change).
This course costs: £
If the amount shown is more than £0.00 and you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.
This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).
You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.
To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.
I chose South Devon College because I am able to study part-time and receive the support I need. The staff are very friendly and encourage you to achieve your best.Lisa Pearce