Level 3

  • FT/PT





    1 year


    One Awards


The course aims to prepare you for progression to higher education. You will be introduced to and supported to master essential study skills and academic approaches to enable you to move forward successfully.

You will have the opportunity to work with aspects of English literature, English language, sociology, criminology and psychology.

You will also be supported through maths, IT and tutorial sessions.

course information

Date: 07/09/2020 - 18/06/2021

Location: Middlehaven (Main Building)

Total Fees: £0.00

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules will include:

  • Psychology
  • English Language Studies
  • English Literature
  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development and Learning Skills

34 weeks, 3 days per week.
Times and days will be discussed on enrolment.


You must provide two suitable references and be working at a Level 2 in English and maths.

You will be assessed on a continuous basis, both formally and informally throughout the course.

Assessment methods will be flexible and creative and will echo those used in higher education.

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto a range of our HE courses.

Past students have progressed onto our foundation degrees in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, Early Childhood Practice, Social and Public Sector Studies and Youth, Childhood and Community Studies and then have then progressed to complete a relevant top-up degree offered at Middlesbrough College.

Successful completion of the course qualifies you to apply for a place at a university in the UK.

Our students typically progress to professional training in teaching or social work and to undergraduate programmes in the social sciences and humanities. For example to psychology, criminology, youth studies, educational studies, sociology, law, English language and literature, history and all the many and various combinations and variations of these, and other fields of study offered by universities in this country.


Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course. 

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Level 3 Entitlement: If you are aged 19 - 23 on the start date of the course and this is your first full Level 3 qualification the course is free. For more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19-23 and this is not your first full Level 3 qualification or you are aged 24 or over on the start date of the course, you will have to pay fees. However, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to fund all or part of the fee. For information on Advanced Learning Loans go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/

The Advanced Learner Loan will not be repayable by students who progress into Higher Education and complete their degree.

Please note any fee shown excludes any additional costs to learners for any necessary equipment, materials, uniforms or any visit/residential that learners are required to participate in.

You can apply online by clicking on the apply button at the top of this website page. Once we have received and processed your Application Form we will be in touch. If you have any questions about the status of your application please contact the Admissions Department on (01642) 333601. For general enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333700 or e-mail courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk

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We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.



Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.



We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.