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Level 3

Access Diploma in Humanities & Social Sciences [Progress to Teaching, Social Work, & Social Science degrees]


Our Access Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences will give you insight into a range of fascinating topics in the disciplines of psychology, sociology and English literature.

You will learn about the human brain and human behaviour, based on published psychological research. In sociology, we will use key perspectives, such as Marxism and feminism, to explore the purpose of institutions such as education and religion in society, while the English literature module allows you to analyse different types of text, from poetry to Shakespeare, gaining the core skills of this subject.

You will also be developing a wide range of academic study skills on the course, from essay writing to using ICT, leading you towards the Independent Academic Study unit, where you will have the chance to experience what producing a dissertation will be like, once you move onto university.

Lessons include various different teaching and learning activities and styles, which supports your progression to studying at a higher level. There will be some lecturing, plenty of group and class discussions and debates, as well as individual, pair and group tasks around problem solving, creating, analysing and evaluating the studies, theories and texts you will be learning about.


You must be over 19 on the 1st September and must have a minimum GCSE grade C (Grade 4 or above) in English Language and Maths. You will also be invited to an interview with a course teacher, to discuss your individual needs and progression routes.

Universities prefer Access applicants to have gained a reasonable amount of relevant work experience and/or life experience, when they apply for a degree level course. This means, for example, volunteering in a primary school if primary teaching is your planned progression route. If you are planning to apply for a degree in social work, for example, you will need to have gained some amount of experience working in a care setting (e.g. a care home, hospital, youth club etc.).

It is also important to ensure you will realistically be able to manage the course workload alongside any other commitments in your life. Being a mature student is extremely challenging but also highly rewarding if taken up at the right time and with the right plans and support in place. You will need approximately 30 hours per week (term time) to manage the course workload.


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