Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Social Sciences | Level 3

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional, Access to Higher Education Campus: Broadwater Campus Assessment: Written assignments, presentations and exams. Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: The course consists of 60 credits. All units are at Level 3. Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

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The Northbrook MET Access to Social Sciences course is a one-year course that prepares you for entry into Higher Education for a range of professions, such as Primary teaching, Social Work, Psychology and Criminology. 

The Access course is an ideal route to university for students who do not have the traditional entry requirements.

Our unit combinations of academic, psychology and sociology related topics will help you return to study and prepare you for your chosen degree.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
FE0206-1C 03 Sep 2020 Broadwater Wednesdays (daytime) £3022.00 Apply
FE0206-1C 02 Sep 2021 Broadwater Wednesdays (daytime) £3022.00 Apply
  • Views Veronika Riseborough Access to Higher Education Diploma - Social Sciences Level 3
    I honestly believe that your feedback and help from last year has prepared me so well for university. Everything you said last year about the Access course, how it will prepare us, has come true.
  • alumni Views Eunice Ngina Access to Higher Education Diploma - Social Sciences Level 3
    The Access course and its supportive tutors prepared me really well for my University degree course in Criminology and Sociology at Sussex University.

Entry requirements

If you didn't get the grades you needed at college, or if you never considered university an option but have now decided you'd like to continue your education, an Access course is for you.

GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and maths.

Additional GCSE's may be required by your chosen university.



An interview with a member of the department is required for this course. 

Entry requirements

Why the MET?

  • We support students to gain the confidence to return to academic study after being out of education for a period-of-time.
  • Full support is given to complete the UCAS application process, including guidance on the university interview processes. 
  • Supportive tutors encourage high achievement and successful applications to university. 
  • The class environment encourages peer support and encouragement. 
  • Students attend college one day a week.
Why the MET?

Course units

Graded Units: 

• Extended independent Academic Study (Professional Studies)

• Psychology of Early Socialisation 

• Introduction to Sociology

• The Sociology of Education

• The Sociology of the Family

• The Sociology of Poverty

• The Sociology of Crime and Deviance

• The Sociology of Health

• Introduction to Psychology

• The Effects of Stress

• Applied Stress Management

• The Psychology of Education

• The Psychology of Criminology

Course aims

The aim of our Access courses are to inspire passion in your subject, and at the same time, build confidence and put you at ease with achieving university level standards.

Ungraded Units :

• Essay Skills

• Reviewing and planning for the future

• Time Management with Statistics 

• Research Skills for Academic Study

• Communication and Presentation Skills


All your classes will be highly engaging and enable you to be involved and assessed by a range of methods including presentations, essays, reports, discussions, presentations, short answer tasks, and research studies.

You will be assessed throughout the course based on the following:

• Written assignments – essays/ short answer questions/ academic posters/ workbooks

• Internal exams – seen / unseen

• Presentations – group and individual

• Discussions/ debates

• Independent Research Study


What's next?

This course will prepare you for further study and entry into university for a range of professions, such as Primary teaching, Social Work, Psychology and Criminology.

You may pursue a career in social work or a welfare profession. 

What's next?

Course fees

The cost and whether or not you have to pay for your course depends on your age, circumstances and educational history. To find out which category applies to you, please visit our course fees page.
If you are not eligible for discounted fees you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Course fees

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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