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Access to Higher Education: Social Science (19+) including a four week introductory course — Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and interested in exploring human behaviour. Whilst studying you will be exploring explanations behind mental health, offending behaviour, and assessment of social changes in relation to behaviour.

You’ll learn a broad range of skills and knowledge across the social sciences with psychology, criminology and sociology with unit including:

  • Psychopathologies
  • Treatment and Therapies
  • Forensic Psychology: Offender Profiling
  • Criminology: Past and Present
  • Victimology
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance

A focus of the course will be on developing your academic skills in preparation for university, improving written ability, critical thinking, researching and verbal communication.

As part of the course, you will work with your tutor who will support you with your university application and monitor your progression on the course.

The Introduction to Access course will focus on developing study skills such as academic writing, researching, paraphrasing and referencing to help you to progress onto the Access course. There will be a focus on developing IT skills necessary to access and use the college systems and to complete assignments. You will be introduced to the subjects that you will study on the Access course, so that you can make an informed decision at the end of the four weeks on which Access course is the correct course for your future plans. Progression onto the Access course is subject to successful completion of the four-week introductory course.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 9th September 2024

Start in 2024

Course code: C000503 / Q002762


CAVA Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Science


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You must be 19 or over to apply for this course

You’ll need 5 GSCE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English. You may study GCSE Maths and this will become part of your study programme for the duration of the year.

Teaching & assessment

Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university.


Choose to follow with a degree course in sociology, psychology, communications and society, criminology or similar.

Additional information

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your Access to HE course. Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

If you progress on to degree level study and complete a full degree, Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe. This means you do not have to repay it.

Subject to eligibility you may be able to study this course for free, funded through the Adult Education Budget. Upon receipt of your application, we will assess your eligibility and advise you of your next steps.

Please note: Course funding information is accurate as of 22/02/2023 and is subject to change.

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

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