Where will this course lead?

This 9 month programme is ideal if you are intending to progress to Higher Education. The Access to Higher Education programme is recognised by all universities nationally and will give you a thorough understanding of the subjects you may study at university.

The range of subjects on offer will enable you to choose the appropriate options to progress onto degree courses leading to a variety of careers such in areas such as:

- Social Justice

- Law

- Politics

- International Studies

- Social Work

- Criminology

- Sociology

What will I study?

There is one core subject which is study skills. Those students wishing to go into specialist careers will need to choose the recommended subjects from the following options depending on the pathway chosen:

- Criminology (Blossomfield only)

- Social Policy

- Sociology

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

How will this course be delivered?

The Access to Higher Education programme is 10 hours per week. The majority of classes run from 9.30 to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The course is taught by highly experienced specialist tutors using the latest innovative teaching methods.

What qualifications will I get?

Access to Higher Education Diploma Humanities and Social Science Level 3 Skills & Education Group (Subject to Approval).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through internal assignments and written exams.

How do I get a place on the course?

Access to Higher Education application, successful interview and diagnostic assessment.

What are the entry requirements?

It is essential that you hold a minimum of a level 2 qualification in English and Maths.

You will need to demonstrate your ability and commitment and be able to show that you have the appropriate educational background/experiences that will allow you to be successful on a level 3 Access to Higher Education programme.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, please let us know and we can help with this too.

What else do I need to know?

The College has an extensive library and all the facilities required to make your learning an enjoyable experience.

Solihull College & University Centre offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

Students will be expected to pay for their own DBS.

Please note that when you enrol you are accepting that the course content and module descriptions are accurate at the time of publishing and that the course content as described is based on what is possible to deliver under the government advice and social distancing rules at that particular time. In the event of changes made to those rules, by national or local government, the College may need to make further alterations to the published course content. By enrolling with the College, you will be confirming that you are content to proceed with the course as detailed at that time and on the basis that the programme may be subject to reasonable change.

What can I do after this course?

You should study this course if the intention is to progress into Higher Education to study degrees in disciplines such as:

Social Justice

Applied Social Sciences



Social Policy


Blossomfield Campus

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Part Time

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences)

What’s Involved?

Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?


Employment by Region

The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.