Access to HE - Social Sciences

Study level: Access courses

Course code



CU Scarborough (Scarborough)

Study mode



1 year full-time



Start date

September 2023

The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

The Social Science Access course sets out to offer adult returners a coherent, integrated and supported year of study in science. Learners will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful entry into a relevant undergraduate degree.

Course detail

Access programmes are designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education via traditional routes. Our course will give you the opportunity to attain some of the tools you will need to complete one of our degree programmes. As well as some subject specific knowledge, we will prepare you in the fundamentals of study skills, numeracy and literacy.

Duration and delivery

Classes will be taught Monday - Thursday, followed by a 1 hour tutorial. Attendance for the tutorial is optional, but strongly recommended.

Lesson 9.30am - 11.30am
Lunch 11.30am - 12pm
Lesson 12pm - 1.30pm

Fees and funding

The fee for 2022-23 is £3,022. If you're aged 19+ funding is available through the Advanced Learners Loan.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.


We have invested £15 million in new, state-of-the-art facilities that will equip students with everything they need to succeed in their studies. CU Scarborough is a fantastic example of an education facility built to meet the needs of students, arranged around an open central atrium, featuring IT suites and lots of individual, group and silent study spaces. Our library stocks essential and recommended readings and over 115,000 eBooks. We have spaces for all the services you need, including careers guidance, student support, a café, prayer rooms and social areas.


  • Society, Rules and Morals
  • Law and Order in Civil Society
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Human Rights Protection
  • Introduction to Market Forces
  • Introduction to Methods of Sociological Research
  • Introduction to Psychology

Content taught on this course is indicative and is subject to change.


Successful completion of the Access to Social Sciences course at CU Scarborough will guarantee you a place onto any degree programme with us.

You could also progress on to a degree at other institutions, such as psychology, subject to meeting their specific entry criteria.


Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university. These may include an extended essay, timed assessments under controlled conditions and report writing.

In order to achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma, you must achieve 60 credits at level 3. The grades available will be Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Entry requirements

Access courses are designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education, so formal qualifications are not mandatory.

Successfully completing an access course will guarantee progression onto a relevant degree course at CU Scarborough.

How to apply

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