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

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  • 19 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)

Are you fascinated by the science behind crime or do you want to find out more about the human mind? The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) is an alternative route to A-Levels that many universities accept as part of their entry requirements. This flexible qualification will prepare you to start a Social Science degree course.

The field of Social Science looks at society and relationships between people. Psychology and Criminology are popular pathways that can lead to a range of different job roles. This course explores units on both topics, giving you scope to narrow your focus at university.

Access to HE Diplomas are ideal for busy students who are juggling a full-time job or family life. With no term dates, you can get started straightaway online.
 

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

The units are easy to understand and you’ll benefit from a wealth of interactive content. You will receive support and guidance from our qualified and experienced team of tutors.

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. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.

To successfully achieve your Access to HE Diploma and get to university, you’ll need to be dedicated and manage your time well. You will have access to a state-of-the-art online learning platform that will regularly remind you about deadlines and provide other sources of advice and guidance.
 

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

The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) includes a number of different units, each of which has its own assignment which you will need to complete. Once you have submitted an assignment, your tutor will mark and grade it and provide you 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 you must achieve 60 credits in total. 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which focus on the different subject areas. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your academic writing and study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

This qualification will prepare you to make the step up to university. Dedicated units will give you the confidence to research independently and write assignments. You can go on to apply for a range of degree courses related to Psychology or Criminology.

Psychology graduates come away with transferable skills that employers look for, such as critical thinking. You could specialise in one area of Psychology or pursue a career in sectors including mental health, counselling or education.

Studying Criminology will equip you with analytical and presentation skills. Graduates typically go on to work in Policing, Probation, Law or Social Work.

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 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.

 

Module 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

Module 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 responding to a set, academic writing task. 
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.  

Module 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

Module 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

Module 5: 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

Module 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
  • 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 9: The criminology of prisons

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the philosophical, social and official functions of imprisonment
  • Distinguish between categories of prison and their relative costs
  • Appreciate the effects of imprisonment and the increase in the prison population

Module 10: 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

Module 11: Measurements of crime

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know sources of crime statistics
  • Understand the reliability of published statistics on crime
  • Understand factors that are not reflected in criminal statistics

Module 12: Foundations of social policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the UK
  • Understand the key influences on social policy in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Understand changes in the political order
  • Understand different types of voluntary action and role of poverty surveys

Module 13: 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

Module 14: Criminal justice & social policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the key elements and developments of new right criminology. 
  • Understand models of crime prevention. 
  • Understand key arguments, current debates and developments in theories of crime control. 
  • Examine arguments supporting an abandonment of ‘crime’.  

Module 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

Module 16: 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

Module 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.  

Module 18: Criminal law & procedures

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the criminal court process and its personnel
  • Understand sentencing policy and procedures

Module 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 and interactionist views

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 fascinated by the science behind crime or do you want to find out more about the human mind? The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) is an alternative route to A-Levels that many universities accept as part of their entry requirements. This flexible qualification will prepare you to start a Social Science degree course.

The field of Social Science looks at society and relationships between people. Psychology and Criminology are popular pathways that can lead to a range of different job roles. This course explores units on both topics, giving you scope to narrow your focus at university.

Access to HE Diplomas are ideal for busy students who are juggling a full-time job or family life. With no term dates, you can get started straightaway online.
 

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

The units are easy to understand and you’ll benefit from a wealth of interactive content. You will receive support and guidance from our qualified and experienced team of tutors.

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. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.

To successfully achieve your Access to HE Diploma and get to university, you’ll need to be dedicated and manage your time well. You will have access to a state-of-the-art online learning platform that will regularly remind you about deadlines and provide other sources of advice and guidance.
 

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

The Access to HE Diploma (Social Science) includes a number of different units, each of which has its own assignment which you will need to complete. Once you have submitted an assignment, your tutor will mark and grade it and provide you 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 you must achieve 60 credits in total. 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which focus on the different subject areas. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your academic writing and study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

This qualification will prepare you to make the step up to university. Dedicated units will give you the confidence to research independently and write assignments. You can go on to apply for a range of degree courses related to Psychology or Criminology.

Psychology graduates come away with transferable skills that employers look for, such as critical thinking. You could specialise in one area of Psychology or pursue a career in sectors including mental health, counselling or education.

Studying Criminology will equip you with analytical and presentation skills. Graduates typically go on to work in Policing, Probation, Law or Social Work.

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 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.

 

Module 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

Module 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 responding to a set, academic writing task. 
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.  

Module 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

Module 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

Module 5: 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

Module 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
  • 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 9: The criminology of prisons

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the philosophical, social and official functions of imprisonment
  • Distinguish between categories of prison and their relative costs
  • Appreciate the effects of imprisonment and the increase in the prison population

Module 10: 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

Module 11: Measurements of crime

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know sources of crime statistics
  • Understand the reliability of published statistics on crime
  • Understand factors that are not reflected in criminal statistics

Module 12: Foundations of social policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the historical origins of social policy in the UK
  • Understand the key influences on social policy in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Understand changes in the political order
  • Understand different types of voluntary action and role of poverty surveys

Module 13: 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

Module 14: Criminal justice & social policy

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the key elements and developments of new right criminology. 
  • Understand models of crime prevention. 
  • Understand key arguments, current debates and developments in theories of crime control. 
  • Examine arguments supporting an abandonment of ‘crime’.  

Module 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

Module 16: 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

Module 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.  

Module 18: Criminal law & procedures

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the criminal court process and its personnel
  • Understand sentencing policy and procedures

Module 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 and interactionist views

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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