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

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

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)

If you are passionate about social issues and what to make a difference in the community, the Access to HE Diploma in Social Science is the right choice for you.

Social science is a field that covers a great deal of topics, ranging from economics and politics to psychology and social work. Thanks to this online social science access course, you can keep your options open and take up any specialisation you wish further down the line.

Access to higher education online courses are a widely-recognised alternative to A-levels that allows you to pursue your ambition of attending university. What is even better is that you can do this from the comfort of your own home, without giving up on any work or family commitments.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

With this online qualification, you are able to plan and organise your studies to suit your own needs. As there are no fixed classes and no physical location to travel to, you have complete flexibility. You are in control of your studying. This will prepare you for the demands of university, where you will once again be in control of your education and independent study.

Studying access to higher education with psychology and sociology pathways has never been easier. With our interactive learning platform, you will have all study materials at the touch of a button. You also benefit from constant tutor support and a friendly community of students to cheer you on. Your dedicated tutor is available over the phone, via email and through your online student portal to guide you, advise and provide feedback on your learning, every step of the way.

You can study the Access to HE Diploma in Social Sciences in as little time as you wish. In your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) you will find details regarding the maximum amount of time allocated to complete the course. While most learners finish their diploma in 8 or 9 months, you can take up to 2 years to achieve your qualification.

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

To help you get the most out of the online qualification, there will be assessments throughout, which you will get feedback on at the end of each unit, to prepare you for the next modules.

To achieve the 60 credits you will need to complete this qualification, you will have 45 credits drawn from graded units regarding academic subject content, whilst the remaining 15 come from ungraded units designed to help you refine your study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Once you complete your social science access course, you will have enough knowledge and skills in the field of social science to choose from numerous career paths and undergraduate degrees. You can choose to continue your studies and add a specialty to your career with a complementary course in Mental Health & Social Care, Social Care with Children and Families, or Using The Law in Social Care.

Some of the careers a course in social work can contribute to, include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Social care support worker
  • Social researcher

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, Stonebridge Associated College 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 ideas and issues in reponding 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:  Foundations of Social Policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the U.K.
  • 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 8: 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 9: 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 10:  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 11: The Origins of The Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term welfare state
  • 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 12:  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 13:  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 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:  The Psychology of Learning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by learning.
  • Understand what is meant by conditioning and its practical applications
  • Understand Social Learning Theory and Observational Learning

 

Unit 16:  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 17:  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 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: Social Factors in Health and Social Care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health
  • Understand the significance of social support networks in health care and maintenance

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)

If you are passionate about social issues and what to make a difference in the community, the Access to HE Diploma in Social Science is the right choice for you.

Social science is a field that covers a great deal of topics, ranging from economics and politics to psychology and social work. Thanks to this online social science access course, you can keep your options open and take up any specialisation you wish further down the line.

Access to higher education online courses are a widely-recognised alternative to A-levels that allows you to pursue your ambition of attending university. What is even better is that you can do this from the comfort of your own home, without giving up on any work or family commitments.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

With this online qualification, you are able to plan and organise your studies to suit your own needs. As there are no fixed classes and no physical location to travel to, you have complete flexibility. You are in control of your studying. This will prepare you for the demands of university, where you will once again be in control of your education and independent study.

Studying access to higher education with psychology and sociology pathways has never been easier. With our interactive learning platform, you will have all study materials at the touch of a button. You also benefit from constant tutor support and a friendly community of students to cheer you on. Your dedicated tutor is available over the phone, via email and through your online student portal to guide you, advise and provide feedback on your learning, every step of the way.

You can study the Access to HE Diploma in Social Sciences in as little time as you wish. In your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) you will find details regarding the maximum amount of time allocated to complete the course. While most learners finish their diploma in 8 or 9 months, you can take up to 2 years to achieve your qualification.

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

To help you get the most out of the online qualification, there will be assessments throughout, which you will get feedback on at the end of each unit, to prepare you for the next modules.

To achieve the 60 credits you will need to complete this qualification, you will have 45 credits drawn from graded units regarding academic subject content, whilst the remaining 15 come from ungraded units designed to help you refine your study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Once you complete your social science access course, you will have enough knowledge and skills in the field of social science to choose from numerous career paths and undergraduate degrees. You can choose to continue your studies and add a specialty to your career with a complementary course in Mental Health & Social Care, Social Care with Children and Families, or Using The Law in Social Care.

Some of the careers a course in social work can contribute to, include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Social care support worker
  • Social researcher

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, Stonebridge Associated College 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 ideas and issues in reponding 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:  Foundations of Social Policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the U.K.
  • 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 8: 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 9: 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 10:  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 11: The Origins of The Welfare State

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term welfare state
  • 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 12:  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 13:  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 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:  The Psychology of Learning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by learning.
  • Understand what is meant by conditioning and its practical applications
  • Understand Social Learning Theory and Observational Learning

 

Unit 16:  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 17:  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 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: Social Factors in Health and Social Care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health
  • Understand the significance of social support networks in health care and maintenance

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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