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Access to Higher Education - Humanities and Social Sciences Pathway

Course Name 
CAVA Access To Higher Education Diploma: Humanities & Social Science L3Available for Enquiries
Course Details
Location Wakefield College
Level Level 3
Start Date



1 year

Mode of Study Full-time
Awarding Body


Course Overview

If you are interested in becoming a social worker, primary teacher, counsellor, psychologist or other professional with a degree qualification, this could be the course for you. It is a one year course designed for adults who may not have had the opportunity to do A Levels nor study for a degree qualification.

The College has close links with local universities that welcome students from this Access to HE course. Students are guided through their university applications and supported in their applications for relevant work experience.

The course is usually available as a three day a week course to allow you to continue with some part time work on the other days.

Please note that there is a very intensive workload though, and students should realise that it makes substantial demands in terms of time, commitment and study.

Study will involve lectures, groupwork, presentations, practical activities, written assignments and discussions.

What You Will Study

Whilst on this course you will study a range of different units, including:


  • Textual Analysis
  • Written Language Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Historical Language


  • Theories of Crime and Deviance
  • The sociology of Mental Illness
  • Social Divisions
  • Further Issues in Sociology


  • Psychology: Approaches and Methods
  • Conformity and Obedience
  • Psychology: Approaches and Methods

Academic Research

Academic Studies

  • Research
  • Presentation and Reflection
  • Digital Skills
How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment takes place through course assignments and examinations. Each of Level 3 unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. In addition, you will take Study Skills and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Methods units which are ungraded but you must pass them to achieve the qualification.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 9-4 in English and Maths


Functional Skills Level 2

Fee Information

These fees relate to 2024/25:


Further Study

The Access to HE Humanities and Social Sciences allows students to develop their skills in preparation for progression to university, students who successfully complete this course progress to study:

  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • English
  • History
  • Psychology
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Information last amended: 19 June 2024 10:31

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