Access to Higher Education (Social Work)

Level 3, Diploma

Duration: One Year Course (Can be taken over Two Years*)

Location: Benfleet

Days & Times: 10 hours, spread over 2-3 days**

Start Date: September

Fee: £2,995† (Eligible for Advanced Learner Loan)

Course Description

170209 Adult Photos Website 5An Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma will enable you to go to university if you haven’t currently got the qualifications you need. They are widely recognised by universities, including Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex.

The course will prepare you for study at degree level by improving study skills in addition to studying Psychology and Sociology in detail. You will develop your essay writing, researching and presentation skills.

As part of the course you will undertake a research project on a topic of your choice with the aim of developing your independent learning skills.

* This course can be studied part-time over two years (one to two days a week) spreading the cost of the course to £1,500 per year. The part-time option can also be funded by the Advanced Learner Loan. This can be discussed at interview.

**The course runs between 9.30am-4.15pm with an average of 10 hours weekly teaching time spread over two to three days. Please note that days and times are dependent on subject choice and may be subject to change.

If you have not completed a Level 3 course already, you may be eligible to study for FREE! Subject to funding, call 01268 882 618 for more information. Alternatively, you could be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund the cost of your course.


Modules may include:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Schooling and Education
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Academic Preparation for Higher Education.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You will be taught using presentations, workshops, research activities, demonstrations, individual and group tasks, as well as visiting guest speakers.

Assessment will be through a mixture of:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • In-class tests.

What Could I Do Next?

You could go on to study a degree in social work or another social science-related field. You could also go on to study the Foundation Degree in Early Years at the college.

Last year our students went on to study Social Work degrees at the University of Essex and the University of Brighton.

General Entry Requirements

You should be aged 19 or over and need grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths, or a Level 2 in Functional Skills. 

If you don't currently have the entry requirements needed, don't worry, you could study GCSE English and/or Maths for free* at the college!

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