About this course
Our Access to Social Sciences course is great for those individuals keen to develop their knowledge and understanding of the social sciences. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this programme is designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to progress into Higher Education.
This is an intensive course, so candidates must be certain that they are ready for both the academic demands and the workload of the programme. Upon successful completion of the course, pupils will achieve the Access to HE Diploma qualification. This is a nationally recognised qualification that is accepted for entry into Higher Education courses.
What you will study
Sociology, Law and Politics are covered as major subjects on this course. You will also be required to study Numeracy, Communications and Study Skills as mandatory core subjects. Weekly personal tutorials are held to support students through their studies.
Please note that some degree pathways require additional qualifications (e.g GCSE Maths/English at Grade B), alongside the Access to HE Diploma qualification. Please ensure you sign up to the appropriate provision based on your planned exit route - this can be discussed with us during your interview if you wish.
If you don't already have the GCSE qualifications needed for your preferred university course, you might like to consider our pre-Access course - Adult Foundation. This course is designed for those with life experience and is not typically suitable for applicants aged under 19 years.
Course fee per year
Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £350.00
Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy assessed at interview and GCSE Grade A* - C in English Language. Learners need to be outside of FT education for three years prior to studying this course. Alternatively, learners studying on Adult Foundation may be able to progress on to this course.
Teaching and assessment
Continuous assessments including coursework assignments and exams and practical skills tests
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
- Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
- Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
- All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
- Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
- Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
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I think I have really grown in confidence on the course, and have gained basic skills which I didn’t have before, I left school at the begin in Year 11, so getting a C in maths and English at GCSE was a big deal for me, and it boosted my confidence.
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