Access to Higher Education Diploma - Social Sciences

Full Time 19+ Learner Loan available

About the course

Designed especially for mature students who have had a break from their studies (of 1 year or more), an Access to Higher Education Diploma will enable you to bridge the gap between your current qualifications and a degree-level course or develop the skills and knowledge for a new career.

Course content includes:

  • Geography: Tourism, Population, Rivers, Villages and Towns and The Weather
  • Government & Politics: Britain’s controversial role in the EU, the extent to which welfare should be provided and discussions on the effectiveness of the coalition.
  • History: Germany in the 1920s and 1930, American History – Civil Rights Decade and the Vietnam War, British History – the English Civil Wars, Britain in the 1960s and the ‘Thatcher Decade’
  • Psychology: Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Atypical Psychology
  • Sociology: Families and Households, Roles, Relationships and Relationship changes, Health, Crime and Deviance, Education and Poverty and Welfare
  • Mandatory ungraded subjects: Study Skills and Basic IT

Entry requirements

You must be 19 years old, have had at least a one year break from education and have either GCSE Maths or GCSE English Language at grades A*-C (or grade 9-4).

Where next?

This diploma could link to careers in Social Work, Youth Work, Social Research, Psychology or Museum work. Degree in a related social studies, history, or politics area.

Work experience and employability


What additional resources will I need?


Fees information

  • You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £26,575. Find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan on the Government website. Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.
  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.
  • Get your Access Diploma for free if you go on to complete a higher education course!*
  • Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a Higher Education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.
  • * The Higher Education course must be eligible for student finance.


For queries about the course, please contact or call 01793 732892