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

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

This Course at a Glance

  • Study the mind and the influences that impact behaviour
  • Gain an understanding of criminal and deviant activities
  • Get qualified for a number of fascinating careers
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Course studied entirely online
  • No exams required to pass

About your Diploma

The concept of human behaviour and the different ways people function in society is truly fascinating. Where some are upstanding citizens and live life in line with the law, others commit deviant or criminal acts and take advantage of the system, or others, to get what they want.  
 
In many cases, there are influential factors that result in these actions and patterns of behaviour that can help us identify people that fall into, or are likely to fall into this category. The study of social science helps us understand these and when combined with the study of crime, and people’s thoughts, actions and behaviours, we can further understand how criminal actions and deviant behaviour affect society. 
 
If this sounds like something you would like to study and make a career out of, our online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Psychology and Criminology Pathway provides the perfect way to get started.
You will cover modules that explore the explanations, theories and perceptions of crime and deviance, the effects of imprisonment, the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour, and more. 
 
With this knowledge, and that gained in your degree, you will have a detailed understanding of the reasons people commit crimes, the psychological fallout of criminal and deviant behaviour and the benefits of the rehabilitation process. All of these elements will help you in a career working with criminals, victims of crime and the justice system. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Psychology and Criminology Pathway, is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
With the course being taught online, you can tailor your study schedule around your existing commitments. Whether you have young children to look after or work full-time, you can study at a time that fits into your schedule. 
 
All of the course materials you need to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma will be available once you enrol. You will also be given an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that outlines submission deadlines for assignments, helping you keep on track. While you have up to one year to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma, our students typically take around 9-12 months to obtain their qualifications.  

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

You are free to get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma immediately. However, it is important to note that you must have a GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. This is because most university degrees ask for these as part of their entry requirements. You 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:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • 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 Functional 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.
 
Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not 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: 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
  • 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: The Criminology of Prisons
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the philosophical approaches to imprisonment
  • Understand the categories of prison and their relative costs
  • Understand the effects of imprisonment on the individual and society 
Unit 10: 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 the role of poverty surveys
Unit 11: 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 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: Criminal Justice and Social Policy
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand models of crime prevention
  • Understand theories of crime control
  • Understand criminal justice theories as informed by different political perspectives 
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 social explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy
Unit 16: Criminal Law and Procedures
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the criminal court process and its personnel
  • Understand sentencing policy and procedures
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: Sociology of The Family
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist, interactionist and postmodern views

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification.

To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

 

What's included:

  • All study materials
  • Study guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Psychology and Criminology Pathway

This Course at a Glance

  • Study the mind and the influences that impact behaviour
  • Gain an understanding of criminal and deviant activities
  • Get qualified for a number of fascinating careers
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Course studied entirely online
  • No exams required to pass

About your Diploma

The concept of human behaviour and the different ways people function in society is truly fascinating. Where some are upstanding citizens and live life in line with the law, others commit deviant or criminal acts and take advantage of the system, or others, to get what they want.  
 
In many cases, there are influential factors that result in these actions and patterns of behaviour that can help us identify people that fall into, or are likely to fall into this category. The study of social science helps us understand these and when combined with the study of crime, and people’s thoughts, actions and behaviours, we can further understand how criminal actions and deviant behaviour affect society. 
 
If this sounds like something you would like to study and make a career out of, our online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Psychology and Criminology Pathway provides the perfect way to get started.
You will cover modules that explore the explanations, theories and perceptions of crime and deviance, the effects of imprisonment, the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour, and more. 
 
With this knowledge, and that gained in your degree, you will have a detailed understanding of the reasons people commit crimes, the psychological fallout of criminal and deviant behaviour and the benefits of the rehabilitation process. All of these elements will help you in a career working with criminals, victims of crime and the justice system. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) Psychology and Criminology Pathway, is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
With the course being taught online, you can tailor your study schedule around your existing commitments. Whether you have young children to look after or work full-time, you can study at a time that fits into your schedule. 
 
All of the course materials you need to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma will be available once you enrol. You will also be given an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that outlines submission deadlines for assignments, helping you keep on track. While you have up to one year to complete your Access to Higher Education Diploma, our students typically take around 9-12 months to obtain their qualifications.  
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

You are free to get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma immediately. However, it is important to note that you must have a GCSE in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) or be working towards these qualifications. This is because most university degrees ask for these as part of their entry requirements. You 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:
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • 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 Functional 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.
 
Stonebridge Associated Colleges will not 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: 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
  • 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: The Criminology of Prisons
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the philosophical approaches to imprisonment
  • Understand the categories of prison and their relative costs
  • Understand the effects of imprisonment on the individual and society 
Unit 10: 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 the role of poverty surveys
Unit 11: 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 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: Criminal Justice and Social Policy
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand models of crime prevention
  • Understand theories of crime control
  • Understand criminal justice theories as informed by different political perspectives 
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 social explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy
Unit 16: Criminal Law and Procedures
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the criminal court process and its personnel
  • Understand sentencing policy and procedures
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: Sociology of The Family
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the changes in family structure
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist, interactionist and postmodern views

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification.

To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

 

What's included:

  • All study materials
  • Study guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)
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