Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Social Sciences | LASER 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 Fees (September 2023): £3022.00

Why this course?

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The Northbrook College 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. You'll be supported with your UCAS application and we will help prepare you for university admissions interviews.

Please note that this course runs 2 days a week (day to be confirmed)


Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0206-1C 04 Sep 2023 Northbrook College, Broadwater Campus TBC 1 year £3022.00 Apply
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Access to Social Sciences is an intensive course with an ethos of hard work and commitment. You will be supported to achieve the highest grades you can in every formal assignment, and encouraged to find solutions to the challenges you will meet on the way. This is what makes our course the very best preparation for university and for the professional arena in the future. 

The full Access Diploma is worth 60 level three credits; 45 are graded credits and the remaining 15 must be achieved but are ungraded.

Graded units: 

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Psychology of Mental Health
  • Psychology of Early Socialisation
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Effects of Stress
  • Sociology of Health
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Policy
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • Extended Independent Academic Research

Ungraded units :

  • Critical Thinking
  • Essay Skills
  • Reviewing and planning for the future
  • Research Skills for Academic Study
  • Using ICT for Study

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.

Assessment methods

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
Assessment methods

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

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Course fees

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19+ studying on Access to HE courses. 

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.


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