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Access to Higher Education: Social Sciences, Humanities and International Relations - Full-time

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Course outline

This course is perfect if you have an interest in the world around you. The aim is to provide a holistic evaluation of global socio-economic and political issues today and the factors influencing them from history.

The focus is on power, control, prejudice and discrimination, which are explored through sociology, history and psychology. You’ll learn a broad range of skills and gain insight into sociology, politics, psychology, social history and more!

Over the year you will study sociology including units focused on:

  • Sociology theory
  • World sociology
  • The media and globalisation
  • Politics and the welfare state

Psychology units include studying psychopathology; conformity and obedience, as well as a focus on the psychology of terrorism and modern social history with the common theme of prejudice integrated through each curriculum area.

You can expect visits to complement your learning. Recent educational trips included: the Imperial War and Natural History museums and a residential trip to Auschwitz memorial museum in Poland.

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Location Date
The Lace Market

Start: 7th September 2020

Course code: C000502 / Q002761


CAVA Access to HE Diploma


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C) including English and Maths (equivalents may be considered for Maths). Relevant work experience will be considered as a substitute for a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification, plus GCSE English and Maths.

It is not possible to study both GCSE English and Maths on this course.


Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you for study at university. This may include an extended essay, timed assessments under controlled conditions and report writing.


Choose to follow with a degree-level qualification or a career in politics and government, international relations, history (general, modern and ancient), social sciences, criminology, sociology, psychology, or anthropology amongst others.

Additional information

Check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding for students aged 19 and over!

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