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Title: Access HE Social Work & Social Sciences

Pathway: Care Services

Available Study Options:
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Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

Our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses enable students to achieve a qualification that provides direct entry to university. They are suitable for those aged 19+ who meet the course GCSE entry criteria requirements, but do not yet have a Level 3 qualification.  

Within the Faculty of Caring Professions we offer the following qualification for those who wish to embark on a career in Social Work or in the Social Science arena.

Access to Social Work and Social Sciences

This is for those interested in a degree in social work, criminology, psychology or similar. As part of the course you will study a range of modules under three distinctive pathways:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social work.

This is a full-time course and you will be required to attend college approximately three days per week, and undertake online modules and an independent study day. You are also strongly advised to undertake voluntary work, work experience or employment (where possible), relating to your career plan. This will support your application to university, and provide you with relevant employability skills. 

Entry requirements (you must have obtained these prior to enrolling on the course).

4 GCSE grades A-C or 4-9 (including English and maths). We will accept functional skills Level 2 in maths, but you must have a GCSE in English.

PLEASE NOTE: there are variances in entry requirements throughout local and national universities, and you should check the entry requirements at your preferred university/universities before applying.

How will I be assessed?

The Awarding Body for our Access to HE course is Open Awards.

The course is internally assessed and externally quality assured. You will be assessed on each module throughout the academic year, using a variety of methods which will include written assignments, reports, research, one exam and presentations.

What will this lead to?

Access to Social Work and Social Sciences is designed to give you the qualification needed to advance onto a range of undergraduate degree courses, including social work, criminology, psychology, sociology, psychotherapy and counselling.

For those wanting to enter employment, these qualifications may act as a stepping stone into jobs/careers within the health and social care sectors. 

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.


If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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