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Social Science — Access to HE Level 3 Diploma

Access to Higher Education

Course ID: 172966

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Access to Higher Education courses prepare you for university if you don't have traditional qualifications.
  • Inclusive, supportive and respectful learning environment.
  • You'll gain extensive knowledge in the core subjects of psychology, criminology and sociology.
  • Outstanding academic and pastoral support.
  • Level 3 qualification.
  • Taught at our Clarence Street building.
  • Takes one academic year (September to the end of June)
  • 3 days per week.

What to expect from the course

The Access to Higher Education Social Science Diploma is a level three qualification which prepares you for university study if you don't have traditional qualifications.

The core subjects you'll study are Psychology, Criminology and Sociology. Alongside these subjects, you'll also develop your academic skills in a supportive environment, which will allow you to make the transition to degree level.

You will have access to outstanding academic and pastoral support, detailed online materials and the full Microsoft 365 suite during your time with us. You'll be taught by a team of specialist teachers with extensive knowledge of their subject areas. We have considerable experience and expertise working with adult learners who have taken either a short or a long break from formal education.


Access to HE Diploma: Social Science.

Why study with us?

The Access to HE department at The City of Liverpool College is a team of specialist teachers with extensive knowledge of their subject areas. We have considerable experience and expertise working with adult learners who have taken either a short or a long break from formal education.

We understand that returning to education can be a daunting prospect. Accordingly, we provide an inclusive, supportive and respectful learning environment. We are here to nurture and encourage you to embrace fresh academic study, to facilitate your smooth progression through to university, enabling you to pursue your career ambitions and to achieve your full academic potential.

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund an Access to HE Diploma, then go on to complete a higher education course, you will be eligible to have the balance of your Advanced Learner Loan written off.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

This pathway is designed for students looking to go onto study a degree in a social science field, such as psychology, sociology or criminology.

Our students have also been successful in progressing onto careers in areas such as social work, probation services, teaching, counselling, equality and diversity and legal careers along with a variety of other established roles. Our students have also successfully gone on to complete a wide range of further academic qualifications including Masters and PhDs.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to study this qualification.

You will need a GCSE grade 4/C or above in English and Maths. Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths or other equivalent qualifications will be considered.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will help you find the right option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 19 and over. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 3022.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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