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Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) – Social Work and Criminal Justice Level 3

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Throughout this course you will study a range of different subject areas including Sociology, Psychology and Criminology.

The units are designed to help you to build on your knowledge and develop your skills in preparation for progressing to university.

This course is validated through Open College Network West Midlands.

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  • Course Level

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body

    Open College Network West Midlands

  • FT / PT


  • Duration

    This course is a full-time course, with 2 days a week attendance required in college over one academic year. There will be a requirement for you to complete additional study outside of the classroom.

The units you will study throughout this course are:


  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Identity
  • Understanding Poverty
  • The Origins of the Welfare State


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • The Brain and Nervous System
  • Forensic Psychology


  • Understanding Crime and Deviance
  • Measurements of Crime
  • Critical Criminology
  • The Criminology of Prisons


  • Human Rights the Individual and the Law
  • Access to Justice

Academic Studies

  • Academic Writing
  • Research Topic
  • Presentation Graphics

Assessment Methods

At the end of each unit, you will complete an assignment to assess your knowledge of the unit.

To successfully achieve your Diploma, you will need a total of 60 credits.

GCSE Math and English Grade 4 or Equivalent, or relevant industry experience subject to tutor discretion


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.

Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 75 75

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

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