Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Oct 2021


Adult 19+

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares those without traditional qualifications for study at university.

On this course you will study units on social policy, sociology, psychology and Law.

This course is comprised of the following units:

• Reading and Comprehension of Texts
• Speaking and Listening Skills
• Preparation for HE
• Report Writing
• Essay Writing
• Introduction to Sociology
• Individual and Society
• Mental Health and Illness
• Sociology of Education
• Crime and Deviance
• Aggression
• Attachment Theory
• Psychological Research Methods
• Psychological Perspectives
• Social Influence, Conformity, Obedience to Authority
• Political Ideologies
• Introduction to the Law
• Extended Project

Learners will be assessed through coursework, presentations, debates and exams.

Work experience is highly desirable to support your UCAS application.

You will need a Level 2 Functional Skills in English or a GCSE in English grade 4+ (C or above).

The Access programme requires the study of 19 units, over 9 month period and therefore to successfully complete this programme you'll require a lot of self-discipline and resilience. It's designed for mature learners who have substantial work, personal or academic experience and can demonstrate that they have successfully overcome challenges before.

Access to HE Diploma courses are for students aged 19+ by 31st August in the year in which they start the Access programme. You must have, or be enrolled on, a level 2 Functional Skills or GCSE qualification in English and maths.

Learners can work alongside the course as they must only commit to two days a week at college for the diploma. We recommend finding relevant work experience to support their UCAS application, however this is not compulsory.

Guest speakers, including Psychology Masters student and Healthcare professionals, University Lecturers and Staff as well as previous students sharing their tips and experiences.

We support learners in signing up for master classes offered by universities.

Full 60 Credit Diploma with 45 credits graded units and 15 ungraded study skills.

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.

OCNLR, the awarding organisation has partnership agreements with London South Bank University, Goldsmiths, University of London and a progression agreement with London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Options to study short courses to enhance employability and UCAS applications.

Lecturers with experience in Sociology, Social Work, Counselling, History and Politics.

A previous BDC Nursing student won both the Michael Sergeant Award and Keith Fletcher Award for their achievements on the Access diploma.

Many students that have progressed to university and graduated with First Class Honours Degrees and senior roles in the NHS.

Examples of degrees learners can apply to study:

• Social Sciences
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Criminology
• Media Studies
• Law
• Politics
• Counselling