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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Science (Distance Learning)

Our online Access to Higher Education course offers an exciting opportunity to gain the qualifications that you need to progress on to University in the convenience of your own home.

This is an online learning platform that includes innovative, interesting lessons and full support from a personal tutor.
We have two start dates; September and one in early Spring. The course takes two academic years to complete, although you do have the option to finish earlier, if you wish.

Please note, this is a term-time only course. Tutors may be unavailable during half term breaks and holidays.
The Social Science pathway consists of three core subjects; Criminology, Sociology and Psychology. Alongside three core academic subjects, you will also receive training in study skills; support in academic writing and referencing, as well as guidance with the UCAS application process.
This pathway is widely accepted on a variety of university courses including Psychology, Criminal Justice, Law, Social Work and many more. Check the website of your chosen university for their entry requirements.

*Funding is available via an Advanced Learner Loan which does not need to be re-paid if you complete the diploma and a foundation degree.*

• It is desirable if you have a clear idea of the university course that you would like to apply for.
• Please check your HE institute choice/s for their entry requirements.
• Both maths and English GCSE grade 4 (or equivalent) are required for all Access Diplomas (exceptions will be considered if you do not need this criteria in order to progress to your selected Higher Education Institute).

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Code Location Dates Day Times Weeks 19+ Fee  
AC3SSC1ONL Offsite 01/08/2019 - 30/07/2021 - 36 £3082.00 FC T3 19+ Apply Now
AC3SSI1ONL Offsite 07/01/2020 - 25/06/2021 - 20 £3082.00 FC T3 19+ Apply Now
FC Courses marked are full cost with no reductions available.
T2 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
T3 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 3 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
19+ Courses marked may entitle you to an Advanced Learning Loan to help fund your studies, available for learners aged 19 or over.

“I really enjoyed studying Health and Social Care. You're treated as an adult at the College and the tutors get to know you on a personal level, they are really supportive and their knowledge is invaluable. I felt as though I grew as a person during my time there, which is so important."Caitlyn Crofts

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