Access to HE - Social Science
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Access courses


CU Scarborough (Scarborough)

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The Access to Higher Education courses are designed as a route into higher education for adults who may not have the conventional educational requirements needed. This course sets out to offer a coherent, integrated and supported year of study in science. 

Why choose this course?

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.

What will I learn?

  • 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.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Successful completion of the Access to Social Science 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.

Teaching contact hours

Classes will be taught Monday - Thursday.

Tutorial 9am - 10am
Lesson 10am - 2pm

Duration and delivery

This course is delivered over the course of one year. We have two intakes each year, so you can start at a time that is convenient for you. The next intake will be in September 2021.

What are the facilities?

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.

Entry requirements

Formal qualifications are not mandatory, instead a Numeracy and Literacy assessment will be needed. An interview will also be required so that our tutors are satisfied that you can benefit from the course and be able to cope with the future requirements of studying in higher education.

All students wishing to gain entry onto the access course should have a level 2 English equivalent certificate at the time of starting the course or should be willing to get one within the access academic year you have joined.

Fees and funding

The fee for 2021-22 is £3,022.

If you're applying for this and you're over the age of 19 you can apply for funding through Student Finance England via the Advanced Learner Loan (formally the 24+ Advanced Learners Loan).

How to apply

You can apply for this programme by completing our online application form.


Successful completion of the Access to HE Social Science course at CU Scarborough could obtain you a place on the following degrees with us:

You could potentially obtain a place on the following degrees with us subject to you meeting the additional entry requirements. Please see the subject pages for more information.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Additional information

Students are responsible for making their own arrangements regarding any level 2 Maths and English qualifications they might need for their progression after this course.

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