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

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)

Are you passionate about understanding human behavior and making a difference in your local community? If you’re interested in social issues, but don’t have the qualifications to pursue your ambitions any further, look no further. The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) is an alternative to A-Levels that many universities accept as part of their entry requirements. Develop the knowledge you need to study a social science degree course, without going back to college.

Social science is a field of learning that explores human relationships and how they interact with wider society. It’s a broad area that includes topics such as economics, politics, psychology, sociology and social work. This Access to HE Diploma is your first step towards a new career, with the potential to go down many different employment routes.

The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) is a distance learning course, which means that you can complete your studies from home. How long it takes you to complete your course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is six months, on average learners complete their course within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Work through easy-to-understand course materials online. You’ll benefit from tutor support that you can access via phone, email and the online learning platform. You can also make connections with other learners studying the same Access to HE Diploma using the social learning features in the online learning platform.

Access to HE Diplomas are flexible, but you’ll need dedication to finish your course. The qualification includes units that are designed to boost your study skills by teaching you how to research independently and write academic assignments.
 

How will my Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) be assessed?

The qualification is made up of several units, which each come with an assignment attached. Our tutors will mark your work and return it with feedback. The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma in social science you must work towards achieving 60 credits in total. In each case, 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to improve your study capabilities.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Once you have completed your course, you can apply to study a social sciences degree at university. Graduates will come away with transferable skills including the ability to analyse data and communicate effectively.

A social science degree can open the door to a range of careers that have the power to make a real difference. For example, psychology graduates can go on to work in the community, counselling, probation services or mental health. Studying sociology could see you work in education, research, HR or government services.

 

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: (4000885X).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and 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 admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, 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:

1.      Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE units at Merit of above.

2.      Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University

3.      Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.

4.      Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.

5.      Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc.

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 diploma and unit choices within meet each set of 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, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner 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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

 

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: Independent Research 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area.
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

 

Unit 5: The Origins of The Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term social welfare.
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society.
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society.
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report.
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address.

 

Unit 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education.
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application.
  • Understand personal HE opportunities.
  • Understand the financial implications of further study.
  • Know how to apply for a course.

 

Unit 7: 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 8: 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 9: The Brain & Nervous System   

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 10: 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 therapy used to treat people with psychological disorders.

 

Unit 11: Psychology of Mental Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main issues arising from psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Understand the medical model of mental disorder.
  • Understand the symptoms, causes and treatments of schizophrenia.
  • Understand the symptoms, causes and treatments of affective disorders.
  • Understand the symptoms, causes and treatments of anxiety disorders.

 

Unit 12:  Developmental Psychology

 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development.
  •  Understand explanations of the development of individual differences.

 

Unit 13:  Introduction To Sociology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences.
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation.
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives.
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution.

 

Unit 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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. 
  • Understand the nature and extent of changes within the family, with reference to gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships. 
  • Understand changing patterns of marriage, divorce, separation and child rearing.

 

Unit 17: 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 18: Understanding Crime & Deviance

 On completion of this unit you will:

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

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)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)

Are you passionate about understanding human behavior and making a difference in your local community? If you’re interested in social issues, but don’t have the qualifications to pursue your ambitions any further, look no further. The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) is an alternative to A-Levels that many universities accept as part of their entry requirements. Develop the knowledge you need to study a social science degree course, without going back to college.

Social science is a field of learning that explores human relationships and how they interact with wider society. It’s a broad area that includes topics such as economics, politics, psychology, sociology and social work. This Access to HE Diploma is your first step towards a new career, with the potential to go down many different employment routes.

The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) is a distance learning course, which means that you can complete your studies from home. How long it takes you to complete your course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is six months, on average learners complete their course within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Work through easy-to-understand course materials online. You’ll benefit from tutor support that you can access via phone, email and the online learning platform. You can also make connections with other learners studying the same Access to HE Diploma using the social learning features in the online learning platform.

Access to HE Diplomas are flexible, but you’ll need dedication to finish your course. The qualification includes units that are designed to boost your study skills by teaching you how to research independently and write academic assignments.
 

How will my Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) be assessed?

The qualification is made up of several units, which each come with an assignment attached. Our tutors will mark your work and return it with feedback. The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma in social science you must work towards achieving 60 credits in total. In each case, 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to improve your study capabilities.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Once you have completed your course, you can apply to study a social sciences degree at university. Graduates will come away with transferable skills including the ability to analyse data and communicate effectively.

A social science degree can open the door to a range of careers that have the power to make a real difference. For example, psychology graduates can go on to work in the community, counselling, probation services or mental health. Studying sociology could see you work in education, research, HR or government services.

 

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: (4000885X).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and 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 admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, 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:

1.      Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE units at Merit of above.

2.      Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University

3.      Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.

4.      Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.

5.      Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc.

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 diploma and unit choices within meet each set of 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, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner 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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

 

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: Independent Research 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area.
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

 

Unit 5: The Origins of The Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term social welfare.
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society.
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society.
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report.
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address.

 

Unit 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education.
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application.
  • Understand personal HE opportunities.
  • Understand the financial implications of further study.
  • Know how to apply for a course.

 

Unit 7: 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 8: 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 9: The Brain & Nervous System   

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 10: 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 therapy used to treat people with psychological disorders.

 

Unit 11: Psychology of Mental Illness

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main issues arising from psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Understand the medical model of mental disorder.
  • Understand the symptoms, causes and treatments of schizophrenia.
  • Understand the symptoms, causes and treatments of affective disorders.
  • Understand the symptoms, causes and treatments of anxiety disorders.

 

Unit 12:  Developmental Psychology

 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development.
  •  Understand explanations of the development of individual differences.

 

Unit 13:  Introduction To Sociology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences.
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation.
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives.
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution.

 

Unit 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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. 
  • Understand the nature and extent of changes within the family, with reference to gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships. 
  • Understand changing patterns of marriage, divorce, separation and child rearing.

 

Unit 17: 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 18: Understanding Crime & Deviance

 On completion of this unit you will:

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

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)
Enrol for just £19.99
Spread the cost over 10 months
(no credit check required)
Call one of the team to get started TODAY
Ends midnight Monday 27th May

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