Skip to content
Level 3

LLA L3 Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences)


Our Access to HE Social Sciences Diploma will give you an insight into a range of fascinating topics, such as psychology, sociology and law.

You will learn about the human brain and human behaviour based on published psychological research. In sociology, we will use key perspectives to explore the purpose of institutions such as education and religion in society, whilst in the law units you will gain an understanding of how law operates and some key legal concepts, before specialising in criminal law topics.

You will also be developing a wide range of academic study skills on the course, from essay writing to developing computer skills. This will lead you towards the Independent Academic Study unit, where you will have the chance to experience what producing a dissertation will be like if you progress onto a degree level course.

Lessons will include various different teaching and learning activities and styles, which supports your progression to studying at a higher level. There will be some lecturing, plenty of group and class discussions, as well as individual and group tasks based around problem solving and evaluating the studies, theories and texts you will be learning about.


must be over 19 on the 1st September and must have a minimum GCSE grade C
(Grade 4 or above) in English Language and Maths. You will also be invited to
an interview with a course teacher, to discuss your individual needs and
progression routes.

prefer Access applicants to have gained a reasonable amount of relevant work
experience and/or life experience, when they apply for a degree level course.
This means, for example, volunteering in a primary school if primary teaching
is your planned progression route. If you are planning to apply for a degree in
social work, for example, you will need to have gained some amount of
experience working in a care setting (e.g. a care home, hospital, youth club

It is also important to ensure you will realistically be able to
manage the course workload alongside any other commitments in your life. Being
a mature student is extremely challenging but also highly rewarding if taken up
at the right time and with the right plans and support in place. You will need
approximately 30 hours per week (term time) to manage the course workload.

*FREE* Online short courses

Make the most of these extraordinary times and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. A short online course is a significant first step to improving your skills and achieving your career goals.

Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


Our range of leisure and hobby courses keeps growing, with even more fun and exciting courses starting throughout 2024.