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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)

Key Points

  • Study key psychological principles
  • Explore the foundations of social policy
  • Understand the origins of the welfare state

 

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Get university ready within a year
  • Start a new career in psychology or sociology

About your Diploma

Psychology and sociology allow you to better understand not only the society in which you are a part 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) focuses on the psychology and sociology pathway allows you to study key areas of psychology including abnormal psychology and the psychology of learning.

You will also explore sociological theories around education, mass media and its impact on society, prejudice and discrimination and the sociology of health.

This course will also teach you about the brain and nervous system, giving you an understanding of how the brain works – as well as the mind.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) can prepare you for a career in a number of engaging and rewarding careers including talking therapies, psychiatry, behavioural marketing, human resources, law, media and management consulting.

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

Getting Started

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

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

You will get the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychology and sociology which will prepare you for further studies. This course will open up learning opportunities across a number of areas including psychiatry, talking therapies, PR, roles in local government or media and marketing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Unit 1: 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 and interactionist views.

 

Unit 8: 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 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
  • 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 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 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: 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)

Key Points

  • Study key psychological principles
  • Explore the foundations of social policy
  • Understand the origins of the welfare state

 

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Get university ready within a year
  • Start a new career in psychology or sociology

About your Diploma

Psychology and sociology allow you to better understand not only the society in which you are a part 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) focuses on the psychology and sociology pathway allows you to study key areas of psychology including abnormal psychology and the psychology of learning.

You will also explore sociological theories around education, mass media and its impact on society, prejudice and discrimination and the sociology of health.

This course will also teach you about the brain and nervous system, giving you an understanding of how the brain works – as well as the mind.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) can prepare you for a career in a number of engaging and rewarding careers including talking therapies, psychiatry, behavioural marketing, human resources, law, media and management consulting.

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

Getting Started

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

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

You will get the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychology and sociology which will prepare you for further studies. This course will open up learning opportunities across a number of areas including psychiatry, talking therapies, PR, roles in local government or media and marketing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Unit 1: 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 and interactionist views.

 

Unit 8: 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 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
  • 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 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 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: 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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