Access to Higher Education Level 3

This is a practical course offering a broad base of skills to support employment in the health care sector. This course is designed to introduce some of the main areas of psychology and sociology, and how it’s studied as well as various core units.

All assessment is coursework based.  Students produce a portfolio of work that is internally and externally assessed.

The qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels at A* – C

Career Path

  • Counselling
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Youth work

More than just a course

You will learn all about you will develop a broad understanding of the core areas of modern Psychology and Sociology relevant to so many professions.

Key topics include Biopsychology of Stress, Concepts of Normality and Mental Health, Early Social Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Memory Non-Verbal Communication, Personality Theory, Psychological Perspectives, Social Influence and Independence, The Nature-Nurture Debate, Changing Beliefs in British Society, Education and Social Inequality, Poverty in Contemporary Britain, Social Stratification and Inequality and Sociology of the Family in Modern Britain.

A portfolio of written assignments practical role plays/observations and internal/external assessments will provide you with a broad and diverse learning experience.

Unique Features

  • Work experience
  • Visiting speakers
  • Careers advice

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade C or above in English and Maths.

A willingness to collect, organise and interpret information to produce a portfolio of work. The ability to work independently and to meet deadlines

We are an inclusive College and will consider all applications on a case by case basis with no previous experience

Money matters

If you are aged 24 or older, you will be able to apply for a loan to help with the costs of this course. You won’t pay anything back until you’re earning over £21,000 a year. If you then complete a higher education course, you won’t have to repay the remaining of the loan.

Age 19 to 23 – Fee remission applies to someone in receipt of eligible benefits, or where someone is studying their first full Level 3 course.

Students’ comments indicate that the work on our Access courses is challenging & interesting. The relationship with teaching staff is excellent.