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


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




1 Year

This one-year course prepares adult learners who want to study at degree level but do not currently have the qualifications to apply. This course is specifically designed to give you the foundation skills and knowledge, with a strong social science focus, for studying a Sociology, Psychology or Social Work degree.


· Provides a fast-track route to higher education – 100% of students progressed to degree study in 2023/2024

· Continuous assessment with no end of year exams

· Gain important GCSE Maths alongside this course

· Excellent opportunities for enrichment alongside your main course through the Study+ programme


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. 

You will need to have English at GCSE (or Level 2 equivalent) and will be offered the opportunity to study Maths if required.

Most students are aged 19 or above at the start of the course – please contact the College for more details.

Psychology (Research Methods, Forensic Psychology, Psychopathology), Sociology (Theories, Crime and Deviance, Research Methods, Education), Development of Social Policy and the Social Worker Role.

During the Access to Social Care course, you will dive into fascinating theories which explain the inner workings of the mind. Focused on the social sciences, your programme of study will include both Psychology and Sociology. In Psychology we begin with research methods, this is an important foundation for higher study and provides integral training on how to carry out practical research. The other units delve into Forensic Psychology, which applies psychological theory to criminal investigation in order to explain why offenders commit crimes, and Psychopathology which focuses upon the study of mental

disorders in terms of their causes, development, course, classification, and treatment.

In tandem with Psychology, the Sociology modules begin with research methods, once again providing an important basis for higher study and then move onto fascinating theories relating to class, age and gender. By exploring the impact of our early socialisation and education, we can then pick into and analysis why individuals deviate from social norms and indeed, why these norms exist.

Alongside these subject specific modules, you will also undertake an independent project based on your own interests.


This intensive programme is assessed throughout the course, without final exams. Assessment will include essays, presentations, class assessments and reports – all of which will prepare you for higher education.


This course gives you UCAS tariff points for entry to University.

By the end of the course you will be fully prepared to progress on to a range of FdSc or BSc/BA (Hons) degree programmes and take the next step towards your career goals.


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.