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Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - Social Science

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Course Description

Access courses are designed for students who want a fast-track route to university or to progress into careers and vocations that require higher level qualifications. Access courses have featured at Hopwood Hall for many years – changing the lives of many students. We’re also proud to say that our achievement and success rates are amongst the best in the country.

The Access to Social Science Diploma offers a recognised and accredited route into Higher Education and training in a variety of social and behavioural science subjects and disciplines, including degrees in psychology, social work, social policy, sociology, criminology, youth and community work, law, public administration and politics.

Please be aware that successful completion of an Access to HE Diploma does not guarantee a place at university. For some humanities degree courses your application will be strengthened if you have relevant paid or voluntary work experience.


Open Awards Access to HE Diploma – Social Science


£620-£3,400 per year

Entry Requirements

Immediate entry to our one-year Level 3 Access to HE Diplomas - offering the quickest route to university - is open to students who have already attained sufficient GCSE qualifications.
In most cases, this means students will have attained GCSE at grades A-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in English and Maths.
Please note, our entry criteria may be higher than this, depending on your intended progression after your Access course.


The Access programme is a 60 credit Diploma. The awarding body is Open Awards. It requires attendance for 14 hours a week over 34 weeks. Study is during the day-time, at Middleton Campus.
On the Access to Social Science Diploma you will study the following core subject modules:
Assessment on the course is by continual assessment, rather than end-of-year exams.

Work Experience

There are no formal work experience requirements on this course.


The Access to HE Diploma offers students a way to gain the qualifications needed to enter Higher Education and gain a degree, helping enter their chosen career.

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