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Open Awards Diploma in Access to Higher Education (Social Sciences)

Level 3
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This intensive and very interesting part-time course is designed for adult learners over 19 who have existing qualifications at level 2 and wish to now progress into higher education. This course is designed to provide you with the academic and study skills required to move onto a degree programmes of your choice. It also encourages you to build confidence, add to your academic skills and build up knowledge and understanding of the changing world in the 21st Century. The Diploma in Access to Higher Education is a golden opportunity to take the first step towards change and move towards reaching you own personal career goals. While it is a challenging and at times very demanding programme of study, students who are successful would agree that it is well worth the effort. The Humanities and Social Sciences pathway is aimed at students with other degree programmes in mind such as Social work and Education and it is made up of Sociology, Psychology and Politics


A minimum of 4 GCSES or equivalent qualifications at level 2 are essential to be considered suitable to embark on this programme of study.

Qualifications in Maths and English at Level 2 are mandatory, either Essential Skills Application of Number and Literacy Level 2 are acceptable or more preferable GCSES in Maths and English- grade C or above.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is assessed by means of 16 written assignments one for each of the units in the three modules. These include Reports of 2,000 words, Essays, PowerPoint presentations, posters and Booklets. The work is assessed to reflect levels of knowledge, understanding, communication and referencing skills and are graded on the basis of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The successful Humanities and Social Sciences students have in the past at different times moved into Social Work, Youth and Community work, Social Administration, Counselling and Education.

*The fees quoted are payable for each year.

1 Available Session

*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.




Session Code

1 Year(s)


Further Education

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Interview Required


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Total Full Fee £450.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

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