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Access to HE Diploma – Social Science (19+)

Do you want to study a Degree in Sociology, Psychology, Primary Teaching, Social policy, Criminology, Childhood Studies, Education, Mental Health Nursing, Child Learning & Development, Counselling or Psychotherapy? Our Fast Track to University course for those aged 19+ can get you on the relevant Degree in 1 year.

We support mature students with few formal qualifications but with life experience and help to create pathways to life-changing opportunities. Many adults have the potential and ability to study for a Degree or professional qualification but have been unable to do so because their education was disrupted due to family, financial, social or personal circumstances. The Fast Track to University course is a great way for mature students to get back into education. You will be given support and guidance throughout the UCAS application process so that when you have completed the course you are able to move straight onto your chosen Degree.

Additional GCSEs may need to be studied alongside the course depending on the entry requirements of individual Universities.

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund this course, and then go on to complete a Higher Education course, you’ll be eligible to have the balance of your Advanced Learner Loan written off. However, if you don’t complete either course, you won’t be eligible to have the balance written off, and will need to repay your loan in full.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1 Year
depending on Level
Validated by

Entry Requirements

  • 19 or older to start this course
  • GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C) English or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Interview

What you will study

  • Psychological Disorders
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Theories
  • Sociology Research Methods
  • Sociology of Mass Media
  • Family
  • Social Inequality
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Health and Illness
  • Core HE Study Skills 1
  • Core HE Study Skills 2
  • Exploring Perspectives in Psychology
  • Exploring Sociological Approaches to Contemporary Issues
  • IT: Using Word Processing Software

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Sociology BA (Hons)
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Social Policy BSc (Hons)
  • Social Work BA (Hons)
  • Politics BA (Hons)
  • Criminology BSc (Hons)
  • Public Services BA (Hons)


  • Social Worker
  • FE Lecturer
  • Social Policy Advisor
  • Civil Servant
  • Police Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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