Social Science (CAVA Access to Higher Education)

Social Science (CAVA Access to Higher Education)

Subject Area: Access to Higher Education Adult Learning


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2019
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 141180
  • Entry Requirements

    You must be aged 19+.

    GCSE English Language and/or maths at grade 4 or above (A*-C)/ Functional skills level 2, interview and suitable reference.

    Should you require an Advanced Learning Loan this must be confirmed prior to enrolment.

    Course Overview

    The study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme and must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

    This study programme in total contains 60 credits, 45 credits at Level 3 and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and 15 at Level 2 graded at Pass or Ungraded. There are 18 credits in Psychology, 9 credits in Criminology, 12 credits in Sociology and 6 credits for a subject based Research Project.

    The Psychology units include: Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Basic Counselling Theory, Research Methods in Psychology and Valuing Diversity There will also be a subject based Research project. The Criminology units include: Crime & Deviance and Offender Profiling. The Sociology units include: Sociology of the Family - Household and Family Structure and Sociology of Education.

    There will be additional study skills units in HE Study Skills, Ethics and Introduction to Critical Thinking. A variety of assessment is used which includes essays, posters, case studies, presentations, exams and portfolio evidence. You will be in College for 2 days for the Access to HE Diploma plus half a day for the English or Maths.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

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    Course Highlights

    This study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme, and must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment. This study programme will give you the entry criteria for university as a 19+ mature student. The study programme offers Level 3 Social Science units as well as study skills units to help prepare you for university.

    Next Steps

    A number of students gained places at University of Suffolk and others have places at Anglia Ruskin University, University of Essex, Bournemouth University, Bristol University, and University of East Anglia. They are studying degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Studies, Psychology, Criminology, Anthropology and Law.

    Tuition Costs

    Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learner Loans can be found at

    Hannah- CAVA Access to Higher Education (Social Science)

    The HE access course increased my self-confidence and made me realise that I can do anything I put my mind to regardless of the hurdles I may come up against in the process. It also made me realise that in order to succeed at university, I need to improve my organisational skills and allocate myself dedicated times each day to complete work and study. Without the access course, I never would have been ready for university, nor would I have known where to start regarding applying.