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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Science

1 Year Full-time, 32 week course, 15 hours per week

Course dates:

10 September 2019 – 12 June 2020

Duration: 1 year, full-time course

teaching falls on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30am-3pm

at Ruskin College, Ruskin Hall, Dunstan Road, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us on 01865 759600 / to apply


This course is organised in a series of modules covering different aspects of the subject including social work, sociology, social development, sex and gender studies and some IT and English for academic study. An Access to HE Diploma is accepted for entry on to degree programmes by the majority of UK universities and colleges.

The course is organised in a series of modules covering different aspects of the subject:

  • Post War Development in Social Policy

  • Professional Communication in Social Work

  • Sociology of Welfare and Poverty

  • Social Work Practice with Key Client Groups

  • Research Methods in Sociology

  • Inequalities in Health and Social Care

  • ‘Race’ and Ethnicity

  • Sex and Gender Studies

  • Class and Stratification

  • Controversial Issues in Psychology

  • IT for Academic Study

  • Producing a Written Assignment

  • English for Academic Study

  • Research and Referencing

  • An Introduction to Sociological Theory

Cost: £3,384 (this includes the administration fee)

You may be charged course fees depending on your previous level of education but don’t worry; we will help you access financial support if you are entitled to it. For more information visit our Further Education fees and funding page.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

There are no academic requirements for entry to the course, but you will need to attend an interview and complete a math and English assessment to the required level.

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On successful completion, you will be able to apply to universities offering degrees in social work, criminology, psychology, child development, mental and physical health, politics, history and follow careers in your chosen area.