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Health and Social Care – Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




1 Year

The Access to Higher Education – Health and Social Care pathway focuses on core units within the study of sociology, psychology and social studies. You will learn how to conduct research, examine the difficulties surrounding psychopathology, consider the social factors behind crime and deviance and explore the role of social policy and social workers from their inception to present day.


Advanced Learner Loans 

Advanced Learner Loans are available to students aged 19 and over taking an Access to Higher education course. The loan covers tuition fees and is paid back once the course is completed and you’re earning more than £26,568 a year, so there is no upfront cost. Plus, if you go on to complete a full degree, your loan for the Access course will be written off.

Find out more here. 

A Level 2 English Qualification

You will cover the following units: Psychopathology, Perspectives in psychology, Sociology of education and Sociology of family


Combination of Exam and Assignment 


Psychology related degrees in Forensic Psychology, Abuse and Crime Studies, Criminology, Social Sciences and Law. 


This course runs one external trip a year, to Winchester University, where they hold an Access to Higher Education Taster Day where queries about fees and funding can be answered, regardless of what university you wish to go to. 

In order to support your application for higher education, we recommend you attain as much work experience in the field as possible. Places at universities are extremely competitive, so ensuring you give yourself the best chance at success is critical. 


You will be taught in our Andover Sixth building and will have access to many different facilities, including: 2 study centres, a Library, A canteen and the Careers Hub.