ACCESS to Humanities and Social Sciences

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.


Day and Time 

Tuesday and Friday 10.10am – 2.50pm. |  Evening: 4.30pm – 8.30pm

The Access Course is the equivalent to 3 A – Levels

Career Path

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

More than just a course

You will learn all about and develop a broad understanding of the core areas of modern Psychology. Sociology is relevant to so many degrees and professions from social work to teaching, and from business to law. In fact any subject that requires a basic understanding of how modern society works.

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
  • Combine GCSE Maths or English

Entry Requirements

Maths or English at grade C (or above) or equivalent as guided by university entry requirements.

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 19 or over, you will be able to apply for a learning loan to help with the costs of this course, the loan is not means tested and you will not pay anything back until you earn over £26,575 per year. If you then complete a higher education course, you won’t have to repay the remaining 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.

What the students say

Former student Alison, who went on to receive a First in Psychology at Staffordshire University:

“Studying the Access to HE courses at Cheadle College gave me friends for life and the confidence and skills I needed to attend university, after several years out of education.

The approachability, support and encouragement from Paul helped me achieve my goals, whilst learning both subject specific and transferable skills that have set me ahead of many of peers in University.

The varied approach to teaching gave experience of academic debates that made learning new research and critical evaluation skills manageable, which also provided the foundation of my further education and skills that I still use.”

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Access Application Form 2020


Telephone admissions: 0161 486 4602