Floodlight uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience. Learn more GOT IT

> > >

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) - Online

Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College


3 reviews
Reviews collected from IDP Connect


What will I learn?

If the state of society concerns you if you believe there are better ways to do things if you’re interested in people and why they behave the way they do this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social science) opens up opportunities for you to follow a social sciences pathway into a career in psychology criminology sociology or a number of other disciplines. Social science graduates can be found in many different sectors from education and health care to criminal justice and social care. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social science) provides you with a chance to get back into education perhaps even change direction and prepares you for higher level academic work that could make your ambitions real. Most universities in the UK will accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as an entry requirement though you should check this with individual establishments you would like to attend. In addition to the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social science) most colleges and universities will require a minimum of GCSE grade C in English and Maths or an accepted equivalent. For this reason you will need this minimum requirement to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social science). Modules for this course Module 1 Preparing to study Module 2 Academic writing skills Module 3 Preparing a written assignment Module 4 Independent research Module 5 The origins of the welfare state Module 6 Progressing to Higher Education Module 7 Introduction to psychology Module 8 Introduction to cognitive psychology Module 9 The brain & nervous system Module 10 Abnormal psychology Module 11 Psychology of mental illness Module 12 Developmental psychology Module 13 Introduction to Sociology Module 14 Sociology of health Module 15 Sociology of education Module 16 Sociology of the family Module 17 Understanding crime & deviance Module 18 Sociology of mass media

What do I need to know?

Learners wishing to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma need to have a GCSE in Maths and English or an appropriate equivalent qualification at level 2 or above and have the ultimate goal of studying a related degree at university. For a wide range of universities Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil part of their entry criteria on many of their courses. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are eligible to be used within the standard UCAS application process. Access to Higher Education Diplomas have historically been an effective way to help learners get places at their university and degree of choice. It is important potential learners should understand that each University will have their own set of admission criteria and that they only have a set number of places on each course. These admission criteria can change at any time at the university’s discretion and include but are not limited to the following: 1. Achievement of a set amount of credits at Merit or Distinction level. 2. Attendance and success at a face-to-face interview at the University. 3. Fulfilling a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy standards and potentially passing an in-house assessment. 4. Completion of mandatory prescribed work placements work experience and potentially a sandwich year of paid work experience. 5. It is recommended that learners starting their Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full level 2 qualification in a related subject. These conditions form part of some universities entrance criteria. All learners studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma must perform their own research to ensure their diploma is correctly specified. It is the learner's responsibility to ensure that the Diploma they are studying gives them the best possible chance of being accepted for a place on a course at their university o

Awarding Body

Open College Network West Midlands Region

Course info


Access to Higher Education

Study Hours

Variable - to suit the learner

Study mode




Total time for completion

No time limit

More info on price

Course fees may be subject to change, please contact the college for confirmation

Who runs this course?




Make Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College your destination to learn, enjoy and succeed. Choose from our wide range of academic and vocational courses in a whole host of subjects. Courses are delivered from the four main colleges in Southall, Ealing, Acton and Hammersmith, which are conveniently located and served by a range of public transport. You can get to us on tubes, rail or bus routes. We are one of the United Kingdom's largest educational institutions. More than 20,000 students enrol on a course at our college each year. Over a thousand teachers and support staff deliver over 500 courses, which range from basic learning development and pre-vocational qualifications to postgraduate and professional levels.

Three things to check before you take a course

Three things to check before you take a course

Great! You've found a course. Still have a few questions? Here are the top three things you should ask the course provider before booking:

  1. What will I be able to do when I've completed the course?
  2. Do I need any previous experience or qualifications to take this course?
  3. Will I need any special equipment or clothing in order to complete it?

They'll also be able to help you with questions around payment plans, flexible learning, start dates and more.

Click the green 'GET COURSE INFO' button to get in touch with the them directly.