Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health), Level 3

Course overview

Why do we behave the way we do? What makes us happy, jealous, angry or sad? Are we free or controlled by society, government and the media? When you choose to study an Access Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Health) you will be encouraged to ask thought-provoking questions about human behaviour and the way we choose to live our lives. It is a fascinating subject, but especially suitable if you are thinking of a career that involves working with people, such as Social Work, Community Outreach, Policing or working with charities.

The duration of this course is 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

The Access to Higher Education courses provided at HoW College are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and validated by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from anyone who wishes to move into higher education. There is no upper age limit, however this course may not be suitable for younger students as one of the entry requirements is to have had substantial life experience prior to the course. Ideally you will have either GCSE English or maths at grade 4 (C) or above but alternative qualifications are considered, including our own Access Foundation course. You will also be asked to attend an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss your options and decide on the most suitable course.

Course Modules

- Criminology
- Psychology
- Sociology
- Academic Study Skills
- Health Studies

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including essays, exams, seminars and reports.

What can I do next

You can progress onto a broad range of academic and vocational higher education courses at a Foundation Degree, HND or BA (Hons) level.

Possible Future Careers:
- Health Care Practice Managers
- Criminologist
- Social Worker
- Youth and Community Worker
- Housing Officer
- Psychologist
- Police Community Support officer
- Welfare and Housing Officer
- Probation Officer
- Senior Care Worker
- Social and Humanities Scientist
- Prison Service Officer

Our 2023 cohort have progressed into studying social work Counselling Psychology, Psychology with Clinical Psychology, Criminology and Criminology with Forensic Psychology at local HE providers.