Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Humanities & Social Science | Level 3

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0028-1C
Qualification Type Access to Higher Education
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This access course helps you pursue a career in local government, the civil service, trade unions, social services, voluntary organisations, charities or NGOs among others.

You will study topics in politics, current affairs, and issues such as power, class, gender and race in contemporary society.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.


Course aims

On the course you will study an introductory sociology unit; examine contemporary social stratification (class, race, gender & age); look at the relationship between power and politics and the impact of the mass media on society; conduct a research project concerning the impact of the Victorian period on the local area; examine literature from the counter culture; look at some of the issues in contemporary ethics; as well as examining the ways in which deviance has been defined and addressed.

Alongside the subject classes, you will also be given the opportunity to develop your study skills.

You will develop your ability to learn and develop the necessary academic skills, such as essay writing, delivering presentations, research skills which will prepare you for study at university.

Course Units: 

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Stratification
  • Gender & Race
  • Literature from the Counter Culture
  • The Mass Media
  • Power and Politics
  • The Victorians: Local History Research
  • Ethics
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Youth and Deviance
  • Extended Independent Academic Study
  • Reviewing and Planning for the Future
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Using IT For Study
  • Essay Skills

Entry requirements

You must have a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English and maths.

To study an Access to HE course you must be 19+.

Exceptions may be considered for applicants aged 18 (when the course starts) where there are reasons why Access to HE is more suitable than A-levels. This will be discussed during your interview.

Your next steps...

What's next?

This access course is an accepted entrance qualification to HE for humanities degrees such as politics, media studies, history, anthropology, international relations, humanities, cultural studies, criminology, sociology and globalisation studies, as well as more vocational degrees such as journalism.

The course is suitable for those who are interested in a career in local government, the civil service, trade unions, social services, voluntary organisations, charities or NGOs among others.

It also enables you to progress onto further training for other graduate careers.