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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)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get to university without A Levels
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Apply for a degree in psychology, sociology or related subject
  • Delivered 100% online
  • Tutor support
  • No exams

About Your Diploma

There are plenty of career opportunities in the realm of social sciences and humanities, but if you are only beginning your trajectory, then you need to start by learning the foundations.
 
You can do just that by enrolling on our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) course. If you are keen to study a degree in history, sociology, psychology, or any related subject, then this online course will help you get a spot at university.
 
An Access to HE Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A Levels, so if you don’t have these qualifications, this diploma will help you meet entry requirements. Most universities accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas, but please check with your chosen establishment before you apply.
 
The base of knowledge you acquire during your studies will get you prepared for your degree within social sciences and humanities. For example, you will explore crime and deviance, political ideologies, forensic psychology, and a range of other topics.
 
If you are unsure of what career path you want to take in either social science or humanities, this Access to Higher Education Diploma may help you decide. The wide range of topics in this online course will give you a strong overview of the subjects, so you can discover where your strengths lie.
 
As well as subject-specific topics, you will also learn a range of study skills that will get you prepared for what is to come during your degree course.
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers, offering an extensive portfolio of regulated qualifications. Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas have helped learners up and down the country get to university without A Levels. You can now add yourself to this list!
 
As soon as you enrol, you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which details the submission deadlines of your assignments, helping you stay on track during your studies. Aside from these deadlines, you have the flexibility of tailoring your study schedule around your existing commitments.
 
Plus, you have the benefit of completing the course online, from the comfort of your own home. All of the learning materials you need can be accessed via our industry-leading digital platform, and you can access them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during your studies.
 
Included alongside all the course materials is access to experienced and dedicated tutors, as well as our Access Support Team. You have one year to achieve your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities), but on average, our learners take 9-12 months to get the qualification.

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 GCSEs 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/4 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.
 
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.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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.

 

Learners must have GCSEs 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/4 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.
 
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.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.
Unit 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: Study of a Novel
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to respond to a novel
  • Understand the use of literary techniques in the novel
  • Understand the contextual aspects of the novel
Unit 6: 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 7: Language and Gender
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the features of male and female speech
  • Understand theories and approaches applied to speech
Unit 8: Psychobiology of Stress 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand methods used to reduce stress
Unit 9: Sociology of Education
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of education as a socializing 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: Film Adaptations of Literary Texts
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the techniques used in translating a section of written narrative into film
  • Be able to produce an outline storyboard and script
  • Understand the opportunities presented in text for film adaptation
  • Understand the relative signification processes of written and film texts
Unit 11: 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 12: Language and Social Media
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how language is used in communication by social media
  • Understand the impact of social media on language
Unit 13: Mental Health and Illness
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders
Unit 14: 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 15: Shakespearean Plays
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the techniques of characterisation used by Shakespeare
  • Understand Shakespearean themes and methods
  • Understand the importance of dramatic conventions in Shakespeare’s drama
Unit 16: Forensic Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the roles of the Forensic Psychologist
  • Understand how psychologists have contributed to jury behaviour and eyewitness memory
  • Understand offender profiling
  • Be able to apply an offender profiling technique
Unit 17: Introduction to Political Ideologies
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by a political ideology
  • Understand the different types of political ideologies
  • Understand the value of political ideologies
Unit 18: Sociology of the Family 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family e.g. Functionalist, Marxist, feminist, interactionist and postmodern views
Unit 19: Criminal Justice & Social Policy
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand models of crime prevention 
  • Understand theories of crime control
  • Understand criminal justice theories as informed by different political perspectives

Your work will be assessed through end of unit assignments. These will provide you with 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)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get to university without A Levels
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Apply for a degree in psychology, sociology or related subject
  • Delivered 100% online
  • Tutor support
  • No exams

About Your Diploma

There are plenty of career opportunities in the realm of social sciences and humanities, but if you are only beginning your trajectory, then you need to start by learning the foundations.
 
You can do just that by enrolling on our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) course. If you are keen to study a degree in history, sociology, psychology, or any related subject, then this online course will help you get a spot at university.
 
An Access to HE Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A Levels, so if you don’t have these qualifications, this diploma will help you meet entry requirements. Most universities accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas, but please check with your chosen establishment before you apply.
 
The base of knowledge you acquire during your studies will get you prepared for your degree within social sciences and humanities. For example, you will explore crime and deviance, political ideologies, forensic psychology, and a range of other topics.
 
If you are unsure of what career path you want to take in either social science or humanities, this Access to Higher Education Diploma may help you decide. The wide range of topics in this online course will give you a strong overview of the subjects, so you can discover where your strengths lie.
 
As well as subject-specific topics, you will also learn a range of study skills that will get you prepared for what is to come during your degree course.
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers, offering an extensive portfolio of regulated qualifications. Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas have helped learners up and down the country get to university without A Levels. You can now add yourself to this list!
 
As soon as you enrol, you will be issued with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which details the submission deadlines of your assignments, helping you stay on track during your studies. Aside from these deadlines, you have the flexibility of tailoring your study schedule around your existing commitments.
 
Plus, you have the benefit of completing the course online, from the comfort of your own home. All of the learning materials you need can be accessed via our industry-leading digital platform, and you can access them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during your studies.
 
Included alongside all the course materials is access to experienced and dedicated tutors, as well as our Access Support Team. You have one year to achieve your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities), but on average, our learners take 9-12 months to get the qualification.
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 GCSEs 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/4 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.
 
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.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: Study of a Novel
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to respond to a novel
  • Understand the use of literary techniques in the novel
  • Understand the contextual aspects of the novel
Unit 6: 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 7: Language and Gender
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the features of male and female speech
  • Understand theories and approaches applied to speech
Unit 8: Psychobiology of Stress 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand methods used to reduce stress
Unit 9: Sociology of Education
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the importance of education as a socializing 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: Film Adaptations of Literary Texts
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the techniques used in translating a section of written narrative into film
  • Be able to produce an outline storyboard and script
  • Understand the opportunities presented in text for film adaptation
  • Understand the relative signification processes of written and film texts
Unit 11: 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 12: Language and Social Media
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how language is used in communication by social media
  • Understand the impact of social media on language
Unit 13: Mental Health and Illness
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand treatments used to treat people with psychological disorders
Unit 14: 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 15: Shakespearean Plays
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the techniques of characterisation used by Shakespeare
  • Understand Shakespearean themes and methods
  • Understand the importance of dramatic conventions in Shakespeare’s drama
Unit 16: Forensic Psychology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the roles of the Forensic Psychologist
  • Understand how psychologists have contributed to jury behaviour and eyewitness memory
  • Understand offender profiling
  • Be able to apply an offender profiling technique
Unit 17: Introduction to Political Ideologies
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by a political ideology
  • Understand the different types of political ideologies
  • Understand the value of political ideologies
Unit 18: Sociology of the Family 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family e.g. Functionalist, Marxist, feminist, interactionist and postmodern views
Unit 19: Criminal Justice & Social Policy
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand models of crime prevention 
  • Understand theories of crime control
  • Understand criminal justice theories as informed by different political perspectives

Your work will be assessed through end of unit assignments. These will provide you with 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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