Social Science

Access to HE Diploma in Psychology, Counselling and Sociology

36 Weeks , Day time , Stratford Campus
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Is the Course for me?

Access courses are for anyone who has been out of education for a period of time and are looking to return in order to study at a higher level, gain full-time employment or just have a genuine passion for learning.

This is the right course for you if your aged 19 or over and are interested in studyng Psychology or Sociology at university.
You'll be studying three days a week for one year, which, if successful, can lead you straight onto a course at university.

What is involved?

This course will give you a thorough grounding in the policies, theories and practice of Psychology and Sociology. You will explore the history of both disciplines and discuss some of the original key theories such as Marx and Freud. You will study aspect of abnormal psychology and personality whilst developing your knowledge of group behaviour from a psychological perspective.

Furthermore, in Sociology you will study the development of culture and religion and identify how this has changed within the UK. You will be introduced to the research and theories relating to social inequalities. Also you will undertake a core programme of study which is designed to ensure you have the fundamental study skills in Numeracy and literacy for Higher Education.


Most students progress into Higher Education from this course studying a Psychology, Counselling or Sociology based subject. You will receive advice and guidance during the course on your progression and help with your UCAS application.
You may wish to go into employment as this is a level 3 course and the equivalent of A-levels.

Course Requirements

If you have an up to date level 2 course (obtained within the last three years) and evidence of level 2 literacy and numeracy then you will be able to take part on the course.

As most of our students have been out of education for the last few years, every student is given an intial assessment in literacy and numeracy which will act as evidence for entry. You will take part in these tests before you begin the course and it is required that you achieve level 2 in both of these tests.

If you do not meet the criteria then the college has a range of programmes open to you.