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Social Science Access to HE Diploma at Ruskin College

Course description

This is a 1 year full-time programme. An Access to HE Diploma is accepted for entry onto degree programmes by the majority of UK universities and colleges. Our Diplomas are accredited by AIM Awards and approved Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Course content

The course is organised in a series of modules covering different aspects of the

subject. These are:

  • Graded units (where you can be awarded a pass, merit or distinction)
  • Post War Development in Social Policy
  • Professional Communication in Social Work
  • Sociology of Welfare and Poverty
  • Social Work Practice with Key Client Groups
  • Research Methods in Sociology
  • Inequalities in Health and Social Care
  • ‘Race’ and Ethnicity
  • Sex and Gender Studies
  • Class and Stratification
  • Controversial Issues in Psychology
  • Ungraded Units (where you will be awarded a pass if you meet the assessment criteria)
  • IT for Academic Study
  • Producing a Written Assignment
  • English for Academic Study
  • Research and Referencing
  • An Introduction to Sociological Theory

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic requirements for entry to the course although you will need to successfully attend an interview and complete Maths and English assessments at the required level.


There are a variety of teaching methods including individual practical work, small

group exercises, on-line research and presentation, whole-class teaching and peer

assessment. In addition to scheduled lessons, you will also attend group tutorials

where you can develop and extend your understanding and receive extra support.


You will attend sessions for between 12 and 16 hours a week and typically have 1

day a week free for study. You will be expected to complete regular homework

tasks and numerous assessments outside of class time.


The Access course is based upon continuous assessment. You will be supported

and encouraged to develop and practise the skills that will enable you to become

an independent learner and prepare you for Higher Education.


You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways, for example,

written essays, a piece of research, data response questions, practical work and

skills, exams and many other formats.


When your work has been assessed, you will receive credits at a specified level.

These credits accumulate and count towards your final credit record at the end of

the Access programme.


Please be aware:

  • University admissions tutors for some degree courses will stipulate the number of credits to be achieved at a certain grade e.g. 27 credits at distinction
  • Entry requirements for university courses are changing all the time. We strongly advise you to check the university requirements for your desired course including relevant work experience.

Financial information

Refer to the ‘Fees’ section on the website 

Future opportunities

Students can apply to study for a degree in Social Work, Youth and Community Work, or Social and Political Studies at Ruskin College, or apply for social science related degrees at other universities.

The Ruskin College Access to HE Diploma in Social Science offers the opportunity to begin studying for a career in social work, youth and community work, counselling, education, work in the voluntary sector or other similar settings.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ruskin College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016

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