Course overview

Social Science Access to HE City of Bristol College

Social science is the scientific study of human beings and social relationships.

Explore how our society works and the way people behave and influence the world around us. This is a one-year, full-time course that will help you progress into Higher Education. You may already have some qualifications at GCSE, NVQ, BTEC or A Level but not enough to get to university.

Throughout this course, you will spend 15 taught hours per week over three to four days studying a diverse range of subjects including Sociology, Psychology, History, Statistics, ICT and Higher Maths.

Additional information

Who is it for?

This course has been specifically designed for adults over 19 who want to enter Higher Education. You should already have GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 (C) or above.

What you'll learn

This thought-provoking course will explore human behaviour to explain how our own society works. You will spend three to four days in College with 20 self-study hours per week. Support from a personal tutor and study skills are included in the course.

You will have the choice of three modules of study to be discussed at interview.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 (C) or above
  • Strong desire to study
  • Commitment to study full-time for a year
  • Knowledge of course required at university
  • Good organisation, enthusiasm and motivation

How is the course delivered and assessed?

The course is assignment based and your progress will be assessed via a combination of coursework and exams.

Future career and study opportunities

Next steps after successful completion of the course include:

  • an HND/Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care
  • a Foundation Degree in Business or Administration and Business Technology at City of Bristol College
  • BA/BSc degrees in Administration, Business Studies, Communications, Education Studies, Politics, Psychology, Social Policy or Sociology
  • many more Social Science related programmes at universities within the UK and overseas.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. You may need to pay for books relating to the course.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

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