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Access to Higher Education Diploma – Social Science

About the course

This course will focus on sociology, which is the study of human behaviour. You will begin to ask questions such as: 'Why are human beings different from each other?' You will explore the answers by studying topics such as, Changing Family Patterns, Crime and Deviance, The Sociology of the Media and Social Policy.

Entry requirements

FS English Level 2 (or working towards)
FS Maths Level 1 (or working towards)
We will consider exceptions to this requirement, subject to any other qualifications or evidence of the required competencies.

Who is it suitable for?

  • Those wanting to go to university but without the required qualifications (e.g. A Levels, BTEC Diploma). 
  • Those specifically interested in the Social Sciences – e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Criminology.

Please note: there is no upper age limit.

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Why study?

  • If you have an interest in the mind and human behaviour and in particular want to explore Sociology, Psychology and Criminology.
  • If you want to further your study with the idea of moving onto university, this programme can give you the skills, understanding and confidence that is particularly desirable to both universities and employers. 

Where will this course take me?

A high percentage of our students progress onto University on a variety of courses. Students are also able to progress onto employment or other training and development.

These can lead to careers in social work, probation, teaching, law, academic criminology, public & Civil Service, business management and marketing management.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Family and Households
  • Gender
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Independent Research
  • Examination Skills
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Application of Number
  • Use of the Internet

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Sociological Perspectives & Methods
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Sociological Research Project
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Preparation for Higher Education
  • Reading Skills
  • Communication – Speaking and Listening
  • Self-Assessment and Personal Tutorial
  • Reflection on Work Experience

How will I be assessed?

Various, including:

  • Written reports
  • Written Tests
  • Essays
  • Practical Assessments
  • Presentations
  • Log books
  • Research
  • Interviews
  • Group work
  • Role play

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need basic equipment such as pens, paper and a USB memory stick.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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