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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) - Psychology and Sociology

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn about the fundamentals of psychology and society
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Explore career options in multiple sectors
  • Completion possible in 9-12 months
  • Fastest route to university
  • Equivalent of 3 A Levels

About Your Diploma

Are you fascinated by the fabric of society and how the mind drives human behaviour? Well, you can combine these two interests by studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Psychology and Sociology course.

Our nationally recognised online course delves into the relationship between society and humans, exploring a range of subject areas. This includes cognitive psychology, understanding the motivations behind our behaviours, and the link between social policy and poverty.

Not only will you gain a wealth of knowledge, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology course could put you on a path towards an interesting and meaningful career.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas can be used to gain entry to university as they are widely regarded as the equivalent to 3 A Levels. However, universities set their own entry requirements, so we advise that you check with your chosen establishment before applying.

As well as gaining a solid foundation of knowledge in sociology and psychology, you will learn various study skills and writing techniques that will prepare you for degree-level study.

With a broad spectrum of career options available to you in the psychology and sociology field, you can take initial steps towards discovering your perfect role by studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Getting Started

This qualification is designed to prepare you for, and help you gain access to undergraduate study from the comfort of your own home. If you have not completed A Levels, or don’t have the right qualifications, this diploma offers a chance for you to achieve the university degree you want.

You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to Higher Education Diploma can be completed over two years. However, most students complete their course within 9 months. So, within a year you could be applying to university.

As soon as you enrol, you will be given 24/7 access to all of the course materials you need via our innovative online student portal. Unlike traditional learning, you will not have to wait for term times. Instead, you can begin studying as soon as you enrol.

Modules

Unit 1: Studying the Brain and Nervous System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of nervous system including key areas of the brain.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 2: Impact of Criminal Statistics in Criminal Justice

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how different crime statistics are sourced in the UK.
  • Understand the reliability of criminal statistics on the understanding of crime.
  • Understand factors that cannot be measured within criminal statistics.

Unit 3: Biological and Psychological approaches to Stress

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential physiological and psychological stress responses.
  • Understand research into the link between stress and illness.
  • Understand an example of psychological and biological stress reduction strategies.

Unit 4: Introduction to Abnormality and Psychological Disorders

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the challenge of defining and diagnosing mental illness.
  • Understand a range of explanations for a chosen psychological disorder.
  • Understand the treatment of one psychological disorder.

Unit 5: Models, Research and Application of Cognitive Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand contrasting psychological perspectives and research evidence in one area of cognition.
  • Be able to apply psychological research to real life.

Unit 6: Early Foundations of Social Policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the U.K.
  • Understand the key influences on social policy in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
  • Understand changes in the political order.
  • Understand the role of poverty surveys in the development of social policy in the UK.

Unit 7: Foundations of the Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term Welfare State.
  • Understand the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society.
  • Understand early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society.
  • Understand the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address.
  • Understand the significance of the Beveridge Report.

Unit 8: Modern Social Policy in Context

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the current issues in social policy today.
  • Understand how legislation can affect social policy.
  • Be able to analyse social policy in the context of economics.

Unit 9: Responding to Prejudice and Discrimination

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand theories for prejudice and discrimination.
  • Understand legal responses to discrimination and prejudice.
  • Understand community initiatives in overcoming discrimination and prejudice.

Unit 10: A Sociological Perspective of the Mass Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand power, ownership, and control of the mass media.
  • Understand sociological perspectives of role of the mass media.
  • Understand the concept of news as a social construct.
  • Understand how the media presents stereotypes.

Unit 11: Concepts of Health and ill Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand a range of concepts and models of health.
  • Understand societal influences on definitions of health and ill health and links to social inequality.
  • Understand alternative approaches to healthcare.

Unit 12: Defining, Measuring and Explaining Poverty

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand different definitions of poverty.
  • Understand poverty measurement methods.
  • Understand the extent of poverty in the UK today.
  • Understand different sociological explanations of poverty.

Unit 13: Education in Contemporary Society

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education in socialisation of pupils.
  • Understand the role of education in modern society.
  • Understand the impact of labelling and stereotypes in education.
  • Understand the meritocratic view of education in contemporary society.

Unit 14: Family Structure and Changes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family.
  • Understand a range of sociological explanations of the family.

Unit 15: Exploring Theories of Crime and Deviancy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able explain of crime and deviance from a range of viewpoints.
  • Understand the social structural theoretical basis of crime and deviance.
  • Understand the media’s influence on perceptions of crime or deviance.

Unit 16: Resilience, Stress and Managing Emotions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand resilience and mental wellbeing including threats and strategies.
  • Understand the management of emotions and feelings and the impact of stress.

Unit 17: Exploring an Introduction to Psychological Research and Approaches

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand scientific research methods in the field of psychology.
  • Understand different psychological approaches to explaining behaviour.
  • Understand ethical issues connected with psychological research.

Unit 18: Planning and Writing an Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select and assess appropriate source information in response to a task.
  • Be able to reference sources used in a recognised style.
  • Understand different reading strategies.
  • Be able to take effective notes.
  • Be able to plan, draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 19: Writing and Studying Academic Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write academically and with relevance.
  • Be able to interpret and express ideas in a piece of academic work.
  • Be able to analyse and summarise text, and appreciate the problems caused by plagiarism.

 

Entry Requirements

To study an Access to HE Diploma you must be resident in the UK and have a UK postcode.

You must hold Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths, or be working towards them alongside studying your Access to Higher Education Diploma.

University Entry Criteria

It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. In many cases, to get started at university you will need: - A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade - A face-to-face interview at the university - Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university - Course-related work placements or work experience - GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.) It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

Minimum age restriction

Access to HE Diplomas are designed to support students to progress to university who have substantial experience of life outside of formal education which they have gained since completing compulsory schooling.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes our learners to complete the course is 9-12 months.

Assessment requirements

A range of assessment methodologies are used, including: academic report, essay, case study analysis, academic poster, timed test, journal article, experiment, portfolio, presentation (video and audio recording), academic writing skills tasks

Exams required

There are no exams included in the assessment of the course.

Is Membership Required?

 

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Additional requirements

Learners must be actively studying for a minimum of six months before results can be ratified and certificates ordered. The six month period does not start until you have passed unit 2 of your course and you must be submitting assignments regularly (in line with the deadlines in your Individual Learning Plan) to meet this six month requirement. Certificates can only be issued once your course is paid for in full.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 12-16 weeks from your final assignment being marked and graded, depending on the time of year. You will be provided with regular updates throughout the certification process so that you are fully informed of your individual timeframes.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology.

Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

Skills & Education Group Access

Skills & Education Group Access logo

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology, (QAA ref = 40014721), you will receive a Skills & Education Group Access, QAA recognised, Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3. As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

An access validating agency with a strong social purpose to recognise achievement, particularly for those who have benefited least from their previous educational experiences, Skills and Education Group Access supports the needs of learners, providers, businesses and communities by enabling progression into higher education.

Developing Your Career

If you have an interest in learning about the intricacies of psychology and sociology, then our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology will cover all the bases. This online course presents the perfect opportunity to kick-start a new career.

The beauty of progressing towards a degree in psychology, sociology, or a combined degree, is that you will open doors to diverse careers across two subject areas. During your initial studies, you may find that an area of these subjects interests you more, enabling you to pursue a specific sector, such as:

  • Government
  • Counselling
  • Health and Social Care
  • Teaching

Further Qualifications and Prospects

There are specific job roles that will require additional qualifications, depending on the level of role you are pursuing. For example, to become a teacher, you will require a PGCE in addition to your existing qualifications. You may also require industry-specific qualifications for the role you are working towards. This may apply to the following:

  • Advertising
  • Psychology
  • Human Resources
  • Business Administration
  • Personnel Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Psychology and sociology are both social sciences that study human behaviour, however, they have different focuses. Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour of individuals. Psychologists are interested in how people think, feel, and act, and how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by their biological makeup, environment, and experiences. Sociology is the study of society and social groups, and sociologists are interested in how people interact with each other, how social groups are formed and maintained, and how social institutions and forces shape people's lives.
Studying sociology and psychology together is a great way to develop a deeper understanding of human behaviour, become a more critical thinker, and prepare for a wider range of careers. By studying both disciplines, you can gain a more holistic understanding of how people think, feel, and act, as well as the social forces that shape our lives. For example, you could study social psychology to learn how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by their social environment, such as their relationships with others, social groups, and culture. Jobs that would welcome a sociology and psychology degree include that of a social worker, psychologist, counsellor, researcher, community development worker and more.
A Level 3 qualification that acts as an alternative to the A-Levels you would need to study a subject-related degree at university. Many of our learners who graduate with this Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology go on to study degrees in social policy, social psychology, social work, social research and more.
You don’t need any prior qualifications to enrol on this access course, but you will need GCSE English and Maths for when you apply to university. You can complete these GCSEs online with us while you study your access to sociology and psychology course. However, we also offer Level 2 Functional Skills courses in these subjects that act as GCSE equivalents and are quicker to complete.
Yes! As part of your learner package our team will provide guidance on your university application so you can present yourself in the best way possible when you apply for your psychology and sociology degree.

Emma
Retrained as a foot health practitioner and set up a flourishing healthcare business while juggling work as a dental nurse and two children!

Gemma
Check out how this course has helped real-life learners – people just like you - to reach their goals and achieve success!

“I was just overwhelmed with happiness, and I was so proud of myself that I’d actually achieved something that others told me I never would, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’m excited for the future.”

Paul
Re-took his Maths GCSE at the age of 46 to boost his grade and prove the doubters wrong!

“I wasn’t happy with what I got at school many years ago and I felt this is what I should have got the first time around, so I was glad to get that monkey off my back.”

Read the real story
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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) - Psychology and Sociology

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn about the fundamentals of psychology and society
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Explore career options in multiple sectors
  • Completion possible in 9-12 months
  • Fastest route to university
  • Equivalent of 3 A Levels

About Your Diploma

Are you fascinated by the fabric of society and how the mind drives human behaviour? Well, you can combine these two interests by studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Psychology and Sociology course.

Our nationally recognised online course delves into the relationship between society and humans, exploring a range of subject areas. This includes cognitive psychology, understanding the motivations behind our behaviours, and the link between social policy and poverty.

Not only will you gain a wealth of knowledge, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology course could put you on a path towards an interesting and meaningful career.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas can be used to gain entry to university as they are widely regarded as the equivalent to 3 A Levels. However, universities set their own entry requirements, so we advise that you check with your chosen establishment before applying.

As well as gaining a solid foundation of knowledge in sociology and psychology, you will learn various study skills and writing techniques that will prepare you for degree-level study.

With a broad spectrum of career options available to you in the psychology and sociology field, you can take initial steps towards discovering your perfect role by studying for an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Getting Started

This qualification is designed to prepare you for, and help you gain access to undergraduate study from the comfort of your own home. If you have not completed A Levels, or don’t have the right qualifications, this diploma offers a chance for you to achieve the university degree you want.

You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to Higher Education Diploma can be completed over two years. However, most students complete their course within 9 months. So, within a year you could be applying to university.

As soon as you enrol, you will be given 24/7 access to all of the course materials you need via our innovative online student portal. Unlike traditional learning, you will not have to wait for term times. Instead, you can begin studying as soon as you enrol.

Modules

Unit 1: Studying the Brain and Nervous System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of nervous system including key areas of the brain.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 2: Impact of Criminal Statistics in Criminal Justice

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how different crime statistics are sourced in the UK.
  • Understand the reliability of criminal statistics on the understanding of crime.
  • Understand factors that cannot be measured within criminal statistics.

Unit 3: Biological and Psychological approaches to Stress

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential physiological and psychological stress responses.
  • Understand research into the link between stress and illness.
  • Understand an example of psychological and biological stress reduction strategies.

Unit 4: Introduction to Abnormality and Psychological Disorders

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the challenge of defining and diagnosing mental illness.
  • Understand a range of explanations for a chosen psychological disorder.
  • Understand the treatment of one psychological disorder.

Unit 5: Models, Research and Application of Cognitive Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand contrasting psychological perspectives and research evidence in one area of cognition.
  • Be able to apply psychological research to real life.

Unit 6: Early Foundations of Social Policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the U.K.
  • Understand the key influences on social policy in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
  • Understand changes in the political order.
  • Understand the role of poverty surveys in the development of social policy in the UK.

Unit 7: Foundations of the Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term Welfare State.
  • Understand the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society.
  • Understand early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society.
  • Understand the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address.
  • Understand the significance of the Beveridge Report.

Unit 8: Modern Social Policy in Context

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the current issues in social policy today.
  • Understand how legislation can affect social policy.
  • Be able to analyse social policy in the context of economics.

Unit 9: Responding to Prejudice and Discrimination

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand theories for prejudice and discrimination.
  • Understand legal responses to discrimination and prejudice.
  • Understand community initiatives in overcoming discrimination and prejudice.

Unit 10: A Sociological Perspective of the Mass Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand power, ownership, and control of the mass media.
  • Understand sociological perspectives of role of the mass media.
  • Understand the concept of news as a social construct.
  • Understand how the media presents stereotypes.

Unit 11: Concepts of Health and ill Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand a range of concepts and models of health.
  • Understand societal influences on definitions of health and ill health and links to social inequality.
  • Understand alternative approaches to healthcare.

Unit 12: Defining, Measuring and Explaining Poverty

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand different definitions of poverty.
  • Understand poverty measurement methods.
  • Understand the extent of poverty in the UK today.
  • Understand different sociological explanations of poverty.

Unit 13: Education in Contemporary Society

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education in socialisation of pupils.
  • Understand the role of education in modern society.
  • Understand the impact of labelling and stereotypes in education.
  • Understand the meritocratic view of education in contemporary society.

Unit 14: Family Structure and Changes

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family.
  • Understand a range of sociological explanations of the family.

Unit 15: Exploring Theories of Crime and Deviancy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able explain of crime and deviance from a range of viewpoints.
  • Understand the social structural theoretical basis of crime and deviance.
  • Understand the media’s influence on perceptions of crime or deviance.

Unit 16: Resilience, Stress and Managing Emotions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand resilience and mental wellbeing including threats and strategies.
  • Understand the management of emotions and feelings and the impact of stress.

Unit 17: Exploring an Introduction to Psychological Research and Approaches

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand scientific research methods in the field of psychology.
  • Understand different psychological approaches to explaining behaviour.
  • Understand ethical issues connected with psychological research.

Unit 18: Planning and Writing an Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to select and assess appropriate source information in response to a task.
  • Be able to reference sources used in a recognised style.
  • Understand different reading strategies.
  • Be able to take effective notes.
  • Be able to plan, draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 19: Writing and Studying Academic Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write academically and with relevance.
  • Be able to interpret and express ideas in a piece of academic work.
  • Be able to analyse and summarise text, and appreciate the problems caused by plagiarism.

 

Entry Requirements

To study an Access to HE Diploma you must be resident in the UK and have a UK postcode.

You must hold Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths, or be working towards them alongside studying your Access to Higher Education Diploma.

University Entry Criteria

It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. In many cases, to get started at university you will need: - A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade - A face-to-face interview at the university - Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university - Course-related work placements or work experience - GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.) It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to Higher Education Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

Minimum age restriction

Access to HE Diplomas are designed to support students to progress to university who have substantial experience of life outside of formal education which they have gained since completing compulsory schooling.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes our learners to complete the course is 9-12 months.

Assessment requirements

A range of assessment methodologies are used, including: academic report, essay, case study analysis, academic poster, timed test, journal article, experiment, portfolio, presentation (video and audio recording), academic writing skills tasks

Exams required

There are no exams included in the assessment of the course.

Is Membership Required?

 

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Additional requirements

Learners must be actively studying for a minimum of six months before results can be ratified and certificates ordered. The six month period does not start until you have passed unit 2 of your course and you must be submitting assignments regularly (in line with the deadlines in your Individual Learning Plan) to meet this six month requirement. Certificates can only be issued once your course is paid for in full.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 12-16 weeks from your final assignment being marked and graded, depending on the time of year. You will be provided with regular updates throughout the certification process so that you are fully informed of your individual timeframes.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Excellent Marking

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology.

Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

Qualifications

Skills & Education Group Access

Skills & Education Group Access logo

On successful completion of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology, (QAA ref = 40014721), you will receive a Skills & Education Group Access, QAA recognised, Access to Higher Education Diploma at Level 3. As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

An access validating agency with a strong social purpose to recognise achievement, particularly for those who have benefited least from their previous educational experiences, Skills and Education Group Access supports the needs of learners, providers, businesses and communities by enabling progression into higher education.

Developing Your Career

If you have an interest in learning about the intricacies of psychology and sociology, then our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology will cover all the bases. This online course presents the perfect opportunity to kick-start a new career.

The beauty of progressing towards a degree in psychology, sociology, or a combined degree, is that you will open doors to diverse careers across two subject areas. During your initial studies, you may find that an area of these subjects interests you more, enabling you to pursue a specific sector, such as:

  • Government
  • Counselling
  • Health and Social Care
  • Teaching

Further Qualifications and Prospects

There are specific job roles that will require additional qualifications, depending on the level of role you are pursuing. For example, to become a teacher, you will require a PGCE in addition to your existing qualifications. You may also require industry-specific qualifications for the role you are working towards. This may apply to the following:

  • Advertising
  • Psychology
  • Human Resources
  • Business Administration
  • Personnel Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Psychology and sociology are both social sciences that study human behaviour, however, they have different focuses. Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour of individuals. Psychologists are interested in how people think, feel, and act, and how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by their biological makeup, environment, and experiences. Sociology is the study of society and social groups, and sociologists are interested in how people interact with each other, how social groups are formed and maintained, and how social institutions and forces shape people's lives.
Studying sociology and psychology together is a great way to develop a deeper understanding of human behaviour, become a more critical thinker, and prepare for a wider range of careers. By studying both disciplines, you can gain a more holistic understanding of how people think, feel, and act, as well as the social forces that shape our lives. For example, you could study social psychology to learn how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by their social environment, such as their relationships with others, social groups, and culture. Jobs that would welcome a sociology and psychology degree include that of a social worker, psychologist, counsellor, researcher, community development worker and more.
A Level 3 qualification that acts as an alternative to the A-Levels you would need to study a subject-related degree at university. Many of our learners who graduate with this Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology go on to study degrees in social policy, social psychology, social work, social research and more.
You don’t need any prior qualifications to enrol on this access course, but you will need GCSE English and Maths for when you apply to university. You can complete these GCSEs online with us while you study your access to sociology and psychology course. However, we also offer Level 2 Functional Skills courses in these subjects that act as GCSE equivalents and are quicker to complete.
Yes! As part of your learner package our team will provide guidance on your university application so you can present yourself in the best way possible when you apply for your psychology and sociology degree.

Emma
Retrained as a foot health practitioner and set up a flourishing healthcare business while juggling work as a dental nurse and two children!

Gemma
Check out how this course has helped real-life learners – people just like you - to reach their goals and achieve success!

“I was just overwhelmed with happiness, and I was so proud of myself that I’d actually achieved something that others told me I never would, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’m excited for the future.”

Paul
Re-took his Maths GCSE at the age of 46 to boost his grade and prove the doubters wrong!

“I wasn’t happy with what I got at school many years ago and I felt this is what I should have got the first time around, so I was glad to get that monkey off my back.”

Read the real story
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