Access to HE (Social Sciences)

Qualification: LASER
Level 3

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About this course

Our Access to Higher Education courses are designed for adults who want to enter Higher Education but may not have the usual qualifications such as A levels. They are accredited through LASER Learning Awards and will help you develop the skills you need to prepare for University.

If you are aspiring to study a politics or psychology degree, or wish to pursue a career in social work or as a probation officer then this course is suitable for you. The course will equip you to study at Level 3 and gain the necessary qualification for entry to Higher Education.

This course is full-time (2 days per week - Tuesday & Thursday). It will be essential that you attend the two days so you will be able to complete the course in one year.

If this is your first Level 3 qualification, you may be entitled to all of your fees being paid. If you're aged 19 or over and take out a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to fund your Access to HE Diploma, then go on to successfully complete your degree or subsequent higher education course, the Government will pay the loan that covered your Access course. Please be aware if you do not complete the course, you will still be liable to pay the full course fees.  A deposit will be required at the start of the course if you are applying for a loan, but this will be returned when your loan is finalised.

If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.

What you will learn
  • Politics
  • Sociology (Crime problem, and Sociology of education)
  • Psychology
  • Critical Thinking
  • Develop your ICT skills to level 3 with presentations techniques
  • Develop skills to reference to Harvard style for academic purposes
  • 3,500 word research project which will be presented to your peers. 
  • Help with writing your UCAS statement 

Work experience in a caring profession or working with people, will be essential.


The course is assessed through your final portfolio. Within each unit there are a number of assessment methods including:

  • Oral presentations
  • Report writing
  • Essays
  • Short answer questions

The minimum requirement is 60 credits at Level 3. Assignments consisting of 45 credits will be studied at Level 3 and graded at pass, merit or distinction. Don't worry if you haven't got strong presentational skills at the start of the course as you will be taught these skills during the year.

Entry requirements
  • GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths 
  • If you wish to progress to Solent University on completion of this course you will need at least a level 2 qualification in English and maths (e.g. functional skills level 2)
  • A good command of ICT skills (most assignments will need to be typewritten)
  • Aged 18 or over (preferably 19 or over)
  • You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto the course
  • To prepare for your interview, you must bring your GCSE Maths & English certificates with you, and proof of ID if you intend to enrol

If English is not your first language and you have taken qualifications out of the UK, you will need to have the equivalence checked by NARIC prior to your interview. An excellent command of English (IELTS 7) is required.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
10/09/19 09:15 - 17:00 (Tue & Thu) 1 year Main campus £3,200* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learner Loan)
What next?

Students are expected to progress onto Higher Education, particularly those courses within the fields of the Social Sciences, e.g. social work, probation officers etc.

Additional information

It will be important to ensure you have the commitment and time to devote to the course. There is the option of taking it over two years. At least 90% attendance will be expected for successful completion of the course.

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