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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 100% online learning
  • 20 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

Key Points

  • Study key moments in political history
  • Understand the key principles of sociology and psychology
  • Gain insight into the functions of society

 

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Get university ready within a year
  • Start a new career in politics, history, social science or teaching

About your Diploma

If you want to understand the inner workings of society from a sociohistorical perspective, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) will give you the core understanding you seek.

This course is perfectly suited for anyone wanting to teach, work in local government, study history or explore sociology as part of wider academic studies or as a career.

You will get the opportunity to study key principles in psychology and sociology including cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology of the family and crime and deviance.

You will also get to study political and historic significance including 19th Century Imperialism and social change in Britain between 1914 and 1939. Linked to this are political parties and political representation modules. Both of which will give you an understanding of how politics and the governmental system works in England.

This course will not only give you deep insight into how society functions but how our perceptions determine our reality. Providing you with an excellent foundation for further study whether that’s in psychology, sociology, politics or history.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) includes modules to prepare you for degree level studies including study techniques and how to write an assignment.

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is the leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

It has been designed to prepare you for the level of study required in university. With this qualification, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to study the social sciences and/or humanities at degree level.

You will get the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of what it means to work within the social sciences or local politics, which will prepare you for further studies.

Studied completely online, you’re free to learn around any existing work or family commitments. With the ability to log on when it suits, you will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments. On average, learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma. This flexibility often enables students to be finished and applying to university within a year.

You will benefit from access to a dedicated team of tutors who will give you guidance and support as you progress through the different academic subjects within your diploma. They’ll provide you with constructive feedback on your work, so you know where you need to focus your attention to succeed.

There are also flexible payment methods available. Reducing the obstacles in the way of education and helping you take that next step to your new career psychology, sociology, teaching or more.

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (4000/887/3). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Social Science and Humanities related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or distinction.
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role.
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 4: Introduction to Psychology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology.
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology.
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research.

Unit 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance.
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance.
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance.

Unit 6: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology.
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues.

Unit 7: Industrial Change in Britain 1700-1850 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the pattern of industry and urban society c1700-1760.
  • Understand the causes and nature of industrial change in Britain c1760-1850.
  • Understand the impact of industrial change on British social, economic and political life by 1850.

Unit 8: Political Parties 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of political parties in the British Political System.
  • Understand the difference between a single party, dominant party, two-party and multi-party system.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Labour Party.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Conservative Party.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Liberal Democrats and the Minor Parties.

Unit 9: Sociology of Education 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socialising agency.
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society.
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes.
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy.

Unit 10: Imperialism in the Late 19th Century    

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of economics in late 19th century imperialism.
  • Understand the Political importance of late 19th century imperialism.
  • Understand the effect of late 19th century imperialism on the continent of Africa.

Unit 11: The Brain and Nervous System (psychology)   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 12: Sociology of Mass Media    

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the patterns of ownership and control of the mass media.
  • Understand the role of the mass media.
  • Understand the process of selection and presentation of the news.
  • Understand how media stereotypes are presented.

Unit 13:  Social Change in Britain 1914-1939 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of World War 1 on British society.
  • Understand the social consequences of unemployment, housing and health problems during the period 1918 – 1939.
  • Understand developments in family life, and leisure opportunities.

Unit 14:  Abnormal Psychology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour.
  • Understand a psychological disorder.
  • Understand possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders.

Unit 15:  Sociology of the Family

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family structure.
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views.

Unit 16:  Understanding Drama 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how an author creates character.
  • Understand the structure of plot within a drama.
  • Understand the part played by language in dramatic effect.
  • Understand how a play transfers from page to stage.

Unit 17: Public Health during the 18th and 19th Centuries 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of urban development and public health during the 18th Century.
  • Understand the causes and effects of public health problems in the 19th Century.
  • Understand the nature and impact of attempts to address public health problems in the 19th Century.

Unit 18: Political Representation - Prime Ministers, Ministers and Civil Servants 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Cabinet Government’.
  • Understand the extent to which Britain has moved to a system of ‘Prime Ministerial Government’.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Ministers.
  • Understand the role of Civil Servants and their channels of influence.
  • Understand how the position of the Civil Service has changed over the past 20 years.

 

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills.  This Access to HE Diploma is a level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

What’s Included:

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

Key Points

  • Study key moments in political history
  • Understand the key principles of sociology and psychology
  • Gain insight into the functions of society

 

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Get university ready within a year
  • Start a new career in politics, history, social science or teaching

About your Diploma

If you want to understand the inner workings of society from a sociohistorical perspective, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) will give you the core understanding you seek.

This course is perfectly suited for anyone wanting to teach, work in local government, study history or explore sociology as part of wider academic studies or as a career.

You will get the opportunity to study key principles in psychology and sociology including cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology of the family and crime and deviance.

You will also get to study political and historic significance including 19th Century Imperialism and social change in Britain between 1914 and 1939. Linked to this are political parties and political representation modules. Both of which will give you an understanding of how politics and the governmental system works in England.

This course will not only give you deep insight into how society functions but how our perceptions determine our reality. Providing you with an excellent foundation for further study whether that’s in psychology, sociology, politics or history.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) includes modules to prepare you for degree level studies including study techniques and how to write an assignment.

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is the leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

It has been designed to prepare you for the level of study required in university. With this qualification, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to study the social sciences and/or humanities at degree level.

You will get the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of what it means to work within the social sciences or local politics, which will prepare you for further studies.

Studied completely online, you’re free to learn around any existing work or family commitments. With the ability to log on when it suits, you will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments. On average, learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma. This flexibility often enables students to be finished and applying to university within a year.

You will benefit from access to a dedicated team of tutors who will give you guidance and support as you progress through the different academic subjects within your diploma. They’ll provide you with constructive feedback on your work, so you know where you need to focus your attention to succeed.

There are also flexible payment methods available. Reducing the obstacles in the way of education and helping you take that next step to your new career psychology, sociology, teaching or more.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (4000/887/3). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Social Science and Humanities related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University entry and have a proven track record of helping students to secure a place on their chosen degree.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own entry requirements, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These variable admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or distinction.
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  • Completion of specific unpaid work experience or a previous job role.
  • Prior attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent such as Functions Skills at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the Access to HE Diploma, and units included in the course, will meet university entry requirements.

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education student to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the variables involved.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 4: Introduction to Psychology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology.
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology.
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research.

Unit 5: Understanding Crime and Deviance 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance.
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance.
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance.

Unit 6: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology.
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues.

Unit 7: Industrial Change in Britain 1700-1850 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the pattern of industry and urban society c1700-1760.
  • Understand the causes and nature of industrial change in Britain c1760-1850.
  • Understand the impact of industrial change on British social, economic and political life by 1850.

Unit 8: Political Parties 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of political parties in the British Political System.
  • Understand the difference between a single party, dominant party, two-party and multi-party system.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Labour Party.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Conservative Party.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Liberal Democrats and the Minor Parties.

Unit 9: Sociology of Education 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socialising agency.
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society.
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes.
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy.

Unit 10: Imperialism in the Late 19th Century    

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of economics in late 19th century imperialism.
  • Understand the Political importance of late 19th century imperialism.
  • Understand the effect of late 19th century imperialism on the continent of Africa.

Unit 11: The Brain and Nervous System (psychology)   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 12: Sociology of Mass Media    

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the patterns of ownership and control of the mass media.
  • Understand the role of the mass media.
  • Understand the process of selection and presentation of the news.
  • Understand how media stereotypes are presented.

Unit 13:  Social Change in Britain 1914-1939 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of World War 1 on British society.
  • Understand the social consequences of unemployment, housing and health problems during the period 1918 – 1939.
  • Understand developments in family life, and leisure opportunities.

Unit 14:  Abnormal Psychology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour.
  • Understand a psychological disorder.
  • Understand possible treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders.

Unit 15:  Sociology of the Family

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family structure.
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views.

Unit 16:  Understanding Drama 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how an author creates character.
  • Understand the structure of plot within a drama.
  • Understand the part played by language in dramatic effect.
  • Understand how a play transfers from page to stage.

Unit 17: Public Health during the 18th and 19th Centuries 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of urban development and public health during the 18th Century.
  • Understand the causes and effects of public health problems in the 19th Century.
  • Understand the nature and impact of attempts to address public health problems in the 19th Century.

Unit 18: Political Representation - Prime Ministers, Ministers and Civil Servants 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Cabinet Government’.
  • Understand the extent to which Britain has moved to a system of ‘Prime Ministerial Government’.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Ministers.
  • Understand the role of Civil Servants and their channels of influence.
  • Understand how the position of the Civil Service has changed over the past 20 years.

 

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills.  This Access to HE Diploma is a level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

What’s Included:

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)
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