Level 3 Access to HE Diploma Social Work and Social Studies

Course Content

The Access to HE Diploma is a standard, nationwide qualification at Level 3, which is designed to enable learners from non-traditional educational backgrounds to go to University. The Diploma is made up of a number of units which result in a total of 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

The Access to Social Science programme combines modules in Sociology, Psychology, Criminology with Politics and Law to provide a programme designed to give learners scope to pursue future careers in either a vocational sphere, such as Social Work, or in a more academic field, undertaking more in-depth study in an area of personal interest. Units cover such subjects as:

»Social Stratification

»Abnormality and Mental Health

»Research Methods

»Politics and Society

Course Format

Full Time – Daytime

Part-Time - Evening

Entry Qualifications

Learners are required to have GCSEs at grade C or above in both English and Maths.

All learners will also be required to undertake an interview.


Please note that successful award of the Access to HE Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK HE programmes.

On completion of the programme, learners usually progress to a university of their choice to study vocational subjects, such as Social Work or Law; or study more academic subjects in more depth, such as Psychology or Sociology. Some learners however, use the qualification to assist them to improve their career prospects.


For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web: www.tameside.ac.uk/contact.

Course Details

£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 - 3:00 PM

22/07/2017 06:21:03

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.