Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)

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    Overview

    If you’re interested in today’s health issues and wish to study social science or a health-related degree at university, but haven’t got the qualifications you need, don’t worry. Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) will provide you with the opportunity to get back into education, change direction and turn your dreams into a reality.

    Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed for learners who have been out of education for an extended period of time that wish to return to study. They have been created as alternatives to traditional qualifications (e.g. A-levels) and equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle a university study programme with confidence. Completing an Access to HE Diploma is a long-established and accepted route to university and the majority of UK universities welcome applications from students working towards, or holding, this qualification. It is important to check the entry requirements of the universities you wish to apply to, however, as all university admission criteria differ.

    Not only could Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) be your ticket to university, but it will also prepare you for study at a higher academic level. Modules on academic writing skills and independent research will teach you to organise your time, write with relevance and summarise for academic purposes, whilst social science specific units will provide you with the entry knowledge you need to excel on any higher education social science or healthcare programme.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will have an excellent grounding in social science, including psychology and sociology, and will be able to apply for a number of undergraduate degree programmes. Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) is the first step in your journey towards higher education and, potentially, a successful career within healthcare.

    Why study an Access to Higher Education Diploma with Highbury College?

    Once you have enrolled onto your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science), you will be given 24/7 online access to interactive and easy-to-follow materials that cover a range of topics, from the sociology of health and psychology to contemporary health issues and the relationship between poverty and health. As part of your study programme, you will also receive support and guidance on your university application so that you can get the most from your diploma.

    As this is a distance learning course, our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) is flexible and allows you to study at the pace that suits you. So, don’t worry if you have work commitments or other responsibilities that take up your time. Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed with you and your busy schedule in mind.

    Nervous about taking this step towards your future? You needn’t be. You will have a dedicated personal tutor who will be available to contact for assistance. You will be supported every step of the way.

    The amount of time required to complete this course is approximately 600 hours and you’re free to do this in as little as 6 months or over 18 months if you require extra time.

    If you’re worried about funding this course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. The minimum loan you can get is £300 and you won’t need to pay anything back until you’re earning at least £25,000 per annum. If you go on to complete an undergraduate degree following your Access to Higher Education Diploma, you won’t have to pay the loan back at all.

    Modules for this course

    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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task
    • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas
    • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism

    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: Independent research 

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

    Module 5: The Origins of the welfare state

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

    Module 6: Progressing to Higher Education

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

    Module 7: Introduction to psychology   

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand the importance of research in psychology
    • Understand the main approaches in psychology
    • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

    Module 8: Introduction to cognitive psychology   

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
    • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues

    Module 9: The brain & nervous system   

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
    • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

    Module 10: Abnormal psychology   

    On completion of this unit you will:

    • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
    • Understand a psychological disorder
    • Understand therapy used to treat people with psychological disorders

    Module 11: Psychology of mental illness

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

    Module 12:  Developmental psychology

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

    Module 13:  Introduction to sociology

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

    Module 14: 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 15: Criminal justice & social policy

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

    Module 16: 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 17: 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 18: Criminal law & procedures

    On completion of this unit you will:

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

     

    Requirements

    To start an Access to Higher Education Diploma you will need an English and maths GCSE at grade A - C/ 4 - 9 or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification in both subjects.

    Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil the entry criteria for range of different university courses and are suitable for the UCAS application process. However, it is advantageous to check the requirements of each establishment that you want to apply to before submitting your application in order to avoid disappointment. Admission criteria may include, but is not limited to:

    • Having a set number of credits attained at Merit or Distinction level
    • Attendance and success at a face-to-face interview at chosen university
    • Passing the university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments
    • Successful completion of mandatory work placements or work experience

    Learners must also undertake their own independent research to ensure that their diploma is properly specified, which will give them the best possible chance of getting into university. The student is responsible for their own research and they should begin this as soon as possible after starting the course. Highbury College will not accept any responsibility or liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

    Assessment

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) is modular and composed of graded and ungraded units that allow you to quickly and easily absorb the course material in bitesize chunks. At the end of each unit you will complete an assignment which your tutor will evaluate and give you feedback on. The feedback is aimed to show you how effective your piece of work is, its quality, and how you can improve in the future. These assignments are important to your learning process as they are signposts of your progress throughout the course.

    In order to achieve this qualification, you will need to attain a total of 60 learning credits. 45 of these will be taken from graded units for the subjects with academic content, whilst the other 15 units are ungraded units relating to study skills.

    In order to gain your diploma you need to successfully pass all units within the course.

    Important notice: Online access is required in order to access your course content and submit your assignments.

    Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science)
    Following successful completion of this diploma you will be awarded a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref:4000885X). This diploma has been assigned 60 credits.

    Open College Network West Midlands

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

    Open College Network West Midlands work proactively 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. Open College Network West Midlands also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

    Developing your career

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) will make a range of Social Sciencecare degree programmes accessible to you. Depending on your chosen degree programme, some possible career options include, but are not limited to:

    • Community development worker
    • Adult nurse
    • Health adviser
    • Housing services adviser
    • Health promotion specialist
    • Social worker
    • Social researcher

    By pursuing any of these career paths, you may find yourself working within the private or voluntary sector, or within public healthcare in the NHS. No matter where you work, however, you will be making a difference to the lives of people within your community and you will be helping to work towards a healthier, and happier, society. Whatever your dream career, Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to take your study further and invest in your future.

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    Due to popular demand and limitations in the Advanced Learner Loan funding, we are currently unable to offer Advanced Learner Loans for our Access Diplomas.

    However, if you are aged 19 – 23 and an Access to HE Diploma will be your first full Level 3 qualification, fee remission may apply, making the course free. If you are not eligible for fee remission but would like to start an Online Access course, you would need to privately fund your qualification.

    For further information please email info@highbury.ac.uk.

    Please check this webpage regularly for updates as we will be applying for additional funding available from November.


    Further Information

    Course ref: 4000885X

    Course starts: Anytime

    Notional Learning Hours: 600

    Modules: 18

    Technical requirements

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