The fee you pay will depend on your individual circumstances and the course type
- Full fee (includes tuition, any exam/reg and DBS if applicable). Some fees can be paid in instalments
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Some students may not have to pay fees if eligible for government funding
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- Some courses may have a reduced fee for those claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit, income support or pension credit (some courses are not eligible). If B displays '£0', this means this course is not eligible for a reduced fee.
- If this is a Level 3/4/5 qualification course, this is the fee for courses that can be paid for by 'Advanced Learner Loan'
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- If this is a leisure (non-qualification) courses, this is the concessionary fee for jobseekers claiming JSA or ESA
- Discount for full payment by student before course start (some courses are not eligible)
If D displays '£0', this means this course is not eligible for a discount.
- Fee for international students
Course content includes 13 units that have been chosen to be vocationally relevant for careers in the Social Sciences. The Ungraded units include Essay skills, Personal Organisation, Research Skills, Reviewing and Planning for the Future and Communication and Presentation Skills.
Graded units include:
- Psychology: Introduction to Psychology; Psychology of Education; Psychology of Criminology, Biological and Psychological Aspects of Stress Management
- Sociology: Sociology of Education, The Family, Poverty, Criminology and Health
- Descriptive Statistics
- Extended Independent Academic Study
This pathway is suitable for students wishing to move on to Social Science related Higher Education courses including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology, Law and Criminology. This course is suitable for career enhancement or university entrance on a wide variety of courses. You are advised to check the University entry requirements for your choices of degree courses.
This course is aimed at students aged 19 and over.
Applicants are required to have a GCSE grade C or above for English Language and GCSE Grade D or above for Maths. Some universities require students to have Maths GCSE at grade C or above, and some also require Science. It is essential that candidates check the entry requirements of their university choices before enrolling for the ACCESS course.
The interview will include a presentation by the Course Leader which provides an overview of the course content and gives the opportunity for candidates to ask questions. Candidates will be individually interviewed by a member of the course team. In addition, candidates will complete a literacy and numeracy task as part of the selection process. The interviews can take up to 2 hours depending on the number of students.
It would support your application if you could bring to the interview the following documentation:
- Evidence of previous qualifications
- Evidence of relevant work/voluntary experience
Funding & Financial Support
19-23 year olds
- If you do not already have a full qualification at Level 3 or above and you have fewer than 2 A Levels, you may not have to pay fees. Your eligibility for this funding is normally assessed at time of enrolment.
- If you are not eligible for the above, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan (described below)
Advanced Learner Finance
- If you are not eligible for the above fee remission or you are age 24+, you can apply to the Government for an Advanced Learner Loan, whereby the Government will pay your fee and if your future salary is over £21,000 a year, you will start to repay it gradually. Your loan can be written off if you go on to complete a degree after this course. See our Advanced Learner Loan page
Income under £40,000
- If your household income is below £40,000 per year, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for help with your expenses during your course (travel, books, childcare etc). See our Financial Support page.