Tameside College


Level 3 Access to HE Diploma Social Work and Social Studies

Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills and subject knowledge preparing you for progression to university to study a variety of Social Science courses including Psychology, Law, Sociology and Criminology Sociology. Additionally the course will enable you to study for vocational degrees and qualifications in Social Work, Probation and related areas.

Throughout the course you will study 15 units in total ALL students study the following units in Psychology and Sociology:


Changing Beliefs in British Society

Social Stratification and Inequality

Sociological Theory

Education and Social Inequality

Sociology of the Family in Modern Britain



Concepts of Normality and Mental Health


Psychological Perspectives

Social Influence and Independence

Students then have the choice of Studying Law or Criminology as their third option.



Law of Tort


Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person

The Jury System


Criminological Statistics

Sociological Explanations of Crime

The Origins of Criminology

The Reliability of Evidence

Theories of Crime Causation

You will be taught by specialist tutors qualified to Masters Level in their subject areas. Additionally you will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide you through the UCAS application process and look after your pastoral and course requirements

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including research activities, essays, exams, case studies, presentations and written work. Incorporated into the course are academic skills such as essay writing, presentation skills and research skills.

There are 15 graded units on the course which will be awarded at pass, merit and distinction. The universities will then ask for certain grades to be required for entrance to their course. It is highly recommended that you check with the universities regarding the grades you will require as they differ greatly depending on which course is to be studied.

An Access course is designed to provide not just the knowledge, but also the skills to succeed at university. A large part of the course is to build students confidence in their own abilities and achieve their full potential, this is key for those returning to study after a significant gap.

Part Time

In addition to the taught sessions you will be given guidance on progression and will receive support applying for university. From time to time guest speakers are invited in to talk to the students and a range of Open Days at local universities are also available.

On the Social Science and Social Science course the opportunity to select a third module is built in to the pathway. This enables students to choose a subject which fits in with their future course choices i.e. Law for those wishing to pursue a career in the legal profession; and Criminology for those going down the Social Science route or Probation or the Police. In fact Social students benefit from this option as Law is part of the Social Work degree.

You are required to have GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above. For Social Work and related fields work experience in an appropriate sector is desirable. Some proficiency in IT would be an advantage to those wishing to enroll on the course.

On successful completion of this qualification our learners go on to study either academic degrees in Psychology, Sociology, Law and related fields, or vocational degrees in the Social Work field.

£3022 (May qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan)

If you are aged between 19-23 and you don’t have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels, tuition fees will be waived. If aged 19 or over and do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learning loan.

Learners who take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for an Access to HE course and subsequently complete a Higher Education course may not have to pay back their Advanced Learner Loan.

Course Code:
Access To Higher Education
Beaufort Road
32 Weeks
Wed & Fri
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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