Access to HE Diploma in Social Science

Access to HE

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Course fees



September 2021



Course introduction

If you want a career in social work, youth work, teaching, psychology or related fields, then this learning opportunity will set you on the right path. 

This course will equip you for higher-level study in your area of interest through the study of Sociology, Psychology and Social Issues in Healthcare.

These subjects will enrich your knowledge of the mind, human society, and the sociology of health and social care, giving you a foundation of knowledge on which to build at university.

We will also help you develop the specialist study skills you will need to be successful at university such as academic writing, research and planning.

Why choose Brock for Access to HE Diploma in Social Science?

At Brock we provide specialist pastoral support to ensure you make an easy transition back into education.

Small class sizes, a focus on study and academic writing skills, and a dedicated Progression Advisor to assist you with your UCAS application, are all part of the Brock support package.

We will also help you build your knowledge and skills, helping you become a more confident self-directed learner who can make the switch to higher education relatively easily.

Teaching & learning

We combine proven teaching methods with a focus on fostering a deep understanding of the subject matter in order to help you reach your learning objectives.

You will engage in a range of learning activities, including: writing essays, delivering presentations, examining case studies and participating class discussions.

In addition, we will encourage you to read around your subject to enhance your understanding and apply your knowledge to unfamiliar situations, helping you become a more independent learner.

Course structure

The qualification comprises 60 credits, all at Level 3. Fifty-one credits are for academic content and nine are for study skills, academic writing and IT skills.

Here is a breakdown of the study units:


Your Psychology unit begins with an introduction to developmental psychology and moves onto an in-depth study of psychological theories. You will also undertake a research project in an area of personal interest.

Academic Writing

This unit will give you the writing skills you need to perform well at university. It also covers effective research, referencing and essay planning.

Study Skills

Picking up effective study skills such as time management and organisation is covered thoroughly by this unit. Study Skills will also help you with your UCAS application and university interviews.

IT Application Skills

This unit will help you develop the IT skills you need for this course and for university. You will learn how to produce professional reports in Microsoft Word, presentations in PowerPoint and also how to efficiently manage your files.

Minimum entry requirements

Most universities require Maths and English GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above. You should achieve these grades before starting an Access course.

Access to Higher Education is aimed solely at students aged 19+ who want to go to university and is accepted by universities for their courses.

How will I be assessed?

  • Coursework
  • Independent reserach 
  • Exam

Information & support


You can apply for funding through the Advanced Learner Loan system to help you cover the costs of studying for an Access qualification, find out more.

What can I do with this qualification?

Upon successful completion of this Access Diploma in Social Science you can apply to university to study a degree in a related subject such as Social Work, Social Science and Psychology.

We recommend you seek relevant work experience opportunities to strengthen your university application.

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How long does an Access course last?

Students study this course full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

How many hours a week is the Access course?

Class contact time averages 12 hours a week and lessons take place Monday – Wednesday 9am – 2pm. Please note this is subject to change and you should check the planned timetable when you apply.

Can I take this course if I am under 19?

This course is designed for adults age 19+. If you are 18 and interested in the Access course, please do get in touch so that we can help you find the programme of study that is right for you.

When does this course start?

The course runs each year from September to June.

Can I study this via distance learning?

This is a classroom based course with no distance learning modules.

Will I need to study in my spare time?

For every hour of class contact time we recommend an hour spent studying independently. We recommend blocking out time to study and making use of our Learning Resources Centre and quiet study areas.

Is funding available for this course?

If you are under 24 years of age and do not hold a level 3 qualification, this course is funded. If you are over 24 years of age, or already hold a level 3 qualification, funding is available through an Advanced Learner Loan.

You may also be eligible for additional financial support towards childcare and travel costs through our bursary .

How is the course assessed?

In each of your subjects you will submit written assignments which are marked and graded by your teachers and externally moderated. You will sit one exam.

What will I need to do to get the best grades?

The Access teaching team is experienced and expert at teaching adult learners, so you will be very well supported. The single most important thing our successful students have in common is full attendance. Successful Access students are also well organised and devote plenty of time to independent study

Is it possible to study an access course if I have other commitments?

The majority of our access students combine the course with work and home commitments. You will need to be organised, but as long as you can commit to attending all lessons each week there is no reason why you cannot successfully complete the access course while juggling your other commitments.

What should I do before I apply?

Before you submit your application, please research your progression route thoroughly. Visit university open days and speak to staff running the course you hope to study. Check entry requirements on to make sure an access course is a good match for the uni course you want to take.

If you are planning to study nursing, midwifery, an allied health course or a teaching degree at university it is expected that you will have engaged with relevant work experience before you apply for an access course. Universities will expect to see evidence of relevant work experience in your personal statement, which you will write in the first term of the course.

What is the application process?

Please apply online. Part of the application form asks you to write a personal statement.
The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about you, your background, why you want to study the Access course and how it fits in with your future plans for university.
These personal statements often form the basis of our students’ UCAS personal statements, so please give us as much information as possible. Once your application has been received by the College you will be invited to attend an interview.
We start interviewing access applicants in March, though we welcome your application at any time.