Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities and Social Sciences (Level 3)

Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities and Social Sciences (Level 3)

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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities and Social Sciences (Level 3)

Humanities and Social Sciences is a course for adult learners who want to study a wide range of courses at university such as sociology, criminology and social policy.

For those wanting to study social work, a social work unit can be studied in place of crime and deviance to support your progression.

There is also the option of a specialist Access to HE psychology pathway for students wanting to study psychology.

Duration 1 year
Study mode Full Time: Daytime or Evening
Start date 09/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill
Course code 56700-01
Fee £3,022.00 (Advanced Learner Loan Eligible)

Specific pathways in general social sciences, social work and psychology available – please ask at interview or open events for more info.

What you learn

The following units are delivered on this course:

Mandatory units (Ungraded)

  • Academic Writing (3 credits)
  • Information literacy skills (3 credits)
  • Presentation skills (3 credits)
  • Research Skills (3 credits)
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities in Higher Education (3 credits)

Academic units (Graded)

  • Key aspects of psychology (6 credits)
  • Psychological Disorders (6 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (6 credits)
  • Sociology: Concepts and Perspectives (6 credits)
  • Social Inequality or Statistics for Psychology (3 credits)
  • Crime and Deviance (6 credits)
  • Understanding the Welfare State (6 credits)
  • Poverty in contemporary Britain (6 credits)

Social Work pathway: if you wish to progress to a Social Work degree at university, you will have the option to study ‘The role and responsibility of a social worker’, instead of ‘Crime and Deviance’. 

Psychology pathway: Students wanting to specialise in psychology will also have the option to study further psychology modules including ‘Statistics for Psychology’,
‘Biopsychology’ and ‘Social Psychology’. You will also undertake a research skills
project of psychology.

Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop the academic skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to progress into Higher Education or pursue a career in Health and Social Care.

How you will be assessed

Assessment includes coursework and exams in two semesters over the year. Some units may include presentations. All work is internally moderated and externally moderated by assessors from the awarding body Certa.


Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course is delivered at Quarry Hill Campus.


Entry requirements

You need GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above (Grade 4 or above if you did your GCSEs from 2017) or equivalents qualifications.

Additional requirements: Successful interview and demonstration of appropriate sector care values.

What's next

The Diploma is designed to give successful students a route to many Higher Education courses both locally and nationally including Social Work, Psychology, Youth Work, Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy based subjects.

Following your application to an Access HE course, you are strongly advised to research the individual entry requirements for the HE courses and universities you wish to progress to.





Progression opportunities

Students who have successfully completed the Humanities and Social Science diploma
have progressed to university to study:

  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Youth studies
  • Working with families and young people
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • Social policy.

Students have also gone on to study politics, international relations and history. However, you will need to check with the universities to ensure that the units delivered on this pathway meet their entry requirements.

Students have also progressed onto Social Work apprenticeships.


Campus Locations

Quarry Hill Campus

Playhouse Square
West Yorkshire
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.9 MilesWebsite

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