Social Science - Access to Higher Education Diploma
About the course
The Social Science route is for those who wish to progress onto Social Science or similar degrees leading to careers in the caring sector such as social work or youth work practitioners, in advisory, administrative or research work in the public, community and voluntary sectors, or in the media, public relations and market research or similar.
Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a Level 2 qualification, or work or voluntary experience requiring Level 2 organisational or administrative skills. You are also expected to demonstrate academic potential, motivation and commitment through an entry test and interview. For the Social Science route the entry test will consist of a written assessment.
You will register for the Access to HE Diploma (Humanities and Social Science). For this route you will study Academic Study Skills, Sociology and Psychology. You will also choose one subject option from: Economics; English Literature, History, Mathematics; or Politics and International Relations.
You will also have a personal tutor who will support you during the year and who will advise you on your application to higher education institutions.
The course requires 2 days attendance a week. You are also expected to undertake private study of 10-15 hrs a week in addition to this.
Assessment is by coursework and occasional written examinations.
You can progress on to a range of possible degrees in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work, Psychology and other subjects in the Social Sciences or Humanities. The course tutor for the Social Science route and our Careers and Higher Education Advisors will give you advice and guidance on this, and on your application to university.
I would encourage others who want to study again, but feel afraid, to do it
Studied: Diploma in Health and Social Care
Now working as a Senior Nursing Assistant at Guy’s Hospital
Ivone was working as a chef in London and caring for her husband. At the age of 49, Ivone decided that she wanted to return to education and work in the health care sector.
Last year she enrolled on a Diploma in Health and Social Care at the College’s Centre for Health, Social and Child Care. Now she is working as a Senior Nursing Assistant at Guy’s Hospital.
She said: “The decision to come back to the College was completely life changing and the best I have ever made. I had lost my confidence and did not think at my age that I would get another chance to work in the health care profession. I am so happy and I would encourage others who want to study again, but feel afraid, to do it.”