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

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) - Psychology and Sociology Pathway

This Course at a Glance

  • Explore key psychological and sociological theories
  • Kick-start your path towards an exciting career
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Get to university without A Levels
  • 100% online
  • No exams
 

About Your Diploma

Psychology and sociology allow you to better understand not only the society in which you are a part of but also what motivates individuals to take the action they do, whether that’s to help or hinder the wider society.
 
This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology focuses on key areas of psychology, delving into cognitive and abnormal psychology, as well as the brain’s nervous system.
 
On the sociological side, you will cover crime, poverty, health, and discrimination, exploring the ways in which they affect societal structures. You will gain extensive knowledge in these two disciplines, helping you understand the relationship between the two.
 
As well as developing a foundational knowledge of these topics, you will also be able to include your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology in university applications. This is because they are widely accepted by most higher education establishments.
 
An Access to HE Diploma is considered to be the equivalent of 3 A Levels, so if you are without traditional qualifications, this form of study is ideal for you. While most universities accept this nationally recognised Level 3 Diploma, you should check with your chosen establishment before applying.
 
As part of your studies, you will also learn various study skills and techniques on how to pen assignments. This is because Access to Higher Education Diplomas are also designed to prepare you for degree-level learning. 
 

Getting Started

This course will give you the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychology and sociology, preparing you for further studies. This course will open up learning opportunities across a number of areas.
 
As soon as you enrol, you will be given 24/7 access to all of your course materials via our innovative learning platform. You will also be issued with an Individual Learning Plan, which details the submission deadlines of your assignments, helping you keep on track.
 
You will have one year to achieve your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology, but most Stonebridge Associated Colleges students complete the course on average of 9-12 months.

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

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40012554). This course has been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSEs in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or Functional Skills equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Social Science 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 and start to working 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.
 
*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: Health and Wellbeing 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing
  • Understand the expression of feelings and emotions and how these could be managed
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed
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: 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, interactionist and postmodern views
Unit 8: Foundations of Social Policy
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the UK
  • Understand the key influences on social policy in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Understand changes in the political order
  • Understand different types of voluntary action and role of poverty surveys
Unit 9: Sociology of Health
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand concepts and models of health
  • Understand the social construction of health and ill health
  • Understand alternative approaches to health
Unit 10: The Origins of The Welfare State
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by the term Welfare State
  • Understand the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Understand early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Understand the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address
  • Understand the significance of the Beveridge Report 
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: Combating Prejudice and Discrimination
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand theoretical explanations for prejudice and discrimination
  • Understand legislative responses to discrimination and prejudice
  • Understand community initiatives in combating discrimination and prejudice
Unit 13: 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 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 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 16: Measurements of Crime
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand sources of crime statistics
  • Understand the reliability of published statistics on crime
  • Understand factors that are not reflected in criminal statistics
Unit 17: 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 18: Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand current issues in social policy
  • Understand current legislation in relation to current issues in social policy
  • Understand the economic context of a contemporary issue
Unit 19: Understanding Poverty
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand definitions of poverty
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty

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) - Psychology and Sociology Pathway

This Course at a Glance

  • Explore key psychological and sociological theories
  • Kick-start your path towards an exciting career
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Get to university without A Levels
  • 100% online
  • No exams
 

About Your Diploma

Psychology and sociology allow you to better understand not only the society in which you are a part of but also what motivates individuals to take the action they do, whether that’s to help or hinder the wider society.
 
This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology focuses on key areas of psychology, delving into cognitive and abnormal psychology, as well as the brain’s nervous system.
 
On the sociological side, you will cover crime, poverty, health, and discrimination, exploring the ways in which they affect societal structures. You will gain extensive knowledge in these two disciplines, helping you understand the relationship between the two.
 
As well as developing a foundational knowledge of these topics, you will also be able to include your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology in university applications. This is because they are widely accepted by most higher education establishments.
 
An Access to HE Diploma is considered to be the equivalent of 3 A Levels, so if you are without traditional qualifications, this form of study is ideal for you. While most universities accept this nationally recognised Level 3 Diploma, you should check with your chosen establishment before applying.
 
As part of your studies, you will also learn various study skills and techniques on how to pen assignments. This is because Access to Higher Education Diplomas are also designed to prepare you for degree-level learning. 
 

Getting Started

This course will give you the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychology and sociology, preparing you for further studies. This course will open up learning opportunities across a number of areas.
 
As soon as you enrol, you will be given 24/7 access to all of your course materials via our innovative learning platform. You will also be issued with an Individual Learning Plan, which details the submission deadlines of your assignments, helping you keep on track.
 
You will have one year to achieve your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Psychology and Sociology, but most Stonebridge Associated Colleges students complete the course on average of 9-12 months.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

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

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40012554). This course has been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have GCSEs in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or Functional Skills equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. They also need to aspire to study a Social Science 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 and start to working 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.
 
*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: Health and Wellbeing 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing
  • Understand the expression of feelings and emotions and how these could be managed
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed
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: 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, interactionist and postmodern views
Unit 8: Foundations of Social Policy
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the UK
  • Understand the key influences on social policy in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Understand changes in the political order
  • Understand different types of voluntary action and role of poverty surveys
Unit 9: Sociology of Health
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand concepts and models of health
  • Understand the social construction of health and ill health
  • Understand alternative approaches to health
Unit 10: The Origins of The Welfare State
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by the term Welfare State
  • Understand the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Understand early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Understand the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address
  • Understand the significance of the Beveridge Report 
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: Combating Prejudice and Discrimination
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand theoretical explanations for prejudice and discrimination
  • Understand legislative responses to discrimination and prejudice
  • Understand community initiatives in combating discrimination and prejudice
Unit 13: 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 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 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 16: Measurements of Crime
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand sources of crime statistics
  • Understand the reliability of published statistics on crime
  • Understand factors that are not reflected in criminal statistics
Unit 17: 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 18: Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand current issues in social policy
  • Understand current legislation in relation to current issues in social policy
  • Understand the economic context of a contemporary issue
Unit 19: Understanding Poverty
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand definitions of poverty
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty

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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