Access to Social Sciences

L3 Level 3
Full Time
6 September 2021 — 17 June 2022
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

An Access course is an intense learning opportunity, aimed at adults who wish to study at university but don't necessarily have the qualifications to apply. An Access course would suit mature students with significant work and life experiences who have been out of formal education for 3 or more years. An Access Level 3 course is specifically designed to prepare students for study at university level.

This course would suit learners looking to pursue a career in social care or a legal role who wish to study one of the following university degrees (NB this list is not exhaustive)

  • Health & Social Care
  • Law
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • Care Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Youth Work 

What you will study

This course will cover subjects in:

  • Law
  • Sociology 
  • Psychology

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £350.00

Entry requirements

3 years or more out of formal education GCSE English C+ or IELTS Level 6 Please be aware that some universities have GCSE Maths and English entry requirements, and in some instances GCSE Science. Clear, well researched exit pathways, knowledge of university courses and entry requirements. Numeracy skills at level 2 Literacy skills at strong level 2 /preferably level 3. *Students should research and make sure that they meet the qualification entry requirements for their chosen universities. You will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications before enrolling. **Cardiff Met requires Maths and English C+ for Social Work degrees

Teaching and assessment

Continuous assessments including coursework assignments and exams and practical skills tests

Important points

  • 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.
Key information

Start date

6 September 2021

End date

17 June 2022

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

17.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



Access Higher Education Diploma (Social
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What our students say

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. 

Francessca Hill
Studied Adult Foundation and Access. Now studying Foundation Degree Care Studies at CAVC.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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