Access to Higher Education: Humanities and Social Science Level 3 Full-time (FHSC)

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What will you be working towards?

Code BC301
Qualification Type Access to Higher Education
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you. This course will enable you to work towards a career in a wide range of professions, including ones in the public and voluntary sectors. You can use this qualification to gain entry to university to study a Social Science related course.


The following areas are covered:

•Study Skills: covers all aspects of academic writing including essay writing, report writing, presentations and examination techniques

•Career Development, reflective practice: covers a variety of areas including becoming a reflective practitioner, aggression, law, personality theories

•Psychology: you will explore the study of human behaviour in various ways such as human development, cognition, social interaction

•Sociology: Looks at the areas or crime and deviance, youth subcultures, socialisation and ideas that shaped the world

•Social Policy: this unit covers a broad range of topics including safeguarding, the welfare state and the roles and responsibilities of social workers. You will be expected to carry out a substantial amount of self-study in your own time. There is a mixture of study methods employed on both programmes e.g. lectures, group workshops and discussions to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning.

How will it be delivered?

You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work e.g. an essay, a report, a presentation and/or group work. Although there is no formal examination, an end of module test is used to collect some evidence needed for assessment.

Entry requirements

  • Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science Level 3 is aimed at students who wish to go onto further study at university to study a wide range of social science courses, including social work, psychology, sociology and law. (Always check directly with the university beforehand to ascertain whether this access course is the correct one).
  • You will need to be 19 years old when the course commences in September 
  • You will need to have GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C or above
  • You will need a GCSE in Science if you wish to progress into Teaching
  • All learners wishing to progress to university should have experience of vocational/voluntary work within their intended specialist area, prior to commencing the course
  • Prospective students will be required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme and will be required to demonstrate sufficient fluency in reading and writing English

Your next steps...

On completion of this programme, you could apply for training in a career such as Social work, Law, psychology, sociology, counselling, youth and community work, Teaching, Education Studies with Psychology and Counselling and Humanities degrees e.g. Philosophy.

Students wishing to apply to university are advised to contact the relevant admissions tutor with regard to the level of English and maths required for entry. Likewise students should check that the course is acceptable as an entry qualification for the degree programme they wish to enter.