Access to HE Diploma in Social Science

Access to HE Diploma in Social Science

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Brockenhurst College - Main Site


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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
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.

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.

Funded nursery places:
If you are in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan, you may be eligible for funded nursery places.
Not only that, at Brockenhurst College we have an Early Years Education centre conveniently located on our main campus.
Highwood Nursery is rated GOOD by Ofsted and currently has vacancies.
For more information, including details about availability and eligibility, please call 01590 625555.



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.

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.

Social Issues in Healthcare

In this unit you will learn about the development of health and social care, the concept of inequalities and the factors influencing services. 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.

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.

Dates & Locations





LocationBrockenhurst College - Main Site

Date & time 27/06/2024 to 31/07/2025

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