ACCESS TO HE: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Duration: 32 weeks
Level: Level 3
Last Updated: 20-07-20

This course is ideal for those looking to progress onto a university degree but not currently holding a required Level 3 qualification. It will develop skills in academic writing, research and time management, alongside subject specific knowledge. The course is designed for those hoping to progress onto degrees in a range of Social Science areas, including Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Law, Social Work, History and Education.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

As part of the Access to Higher Education: Social Science course, you will study a range of modules, which may include:

  • Introduction to politics
  • Ideologies of welfare
  • Family issues
  • Social and community welfare provision
  • Work experience
  • Reflection on practice
  • Research project
  • Introduction to criminology
  • Aggression
  • War and violence
  • Crime
  • Contemporary issues in criminology
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Deviance and deviant behaviour
  • Offender profiling
  • Theories and perspectives in criminology

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

The nature of the Access to Higher Education: Social Science course makes it predominantly classroom based, with the addition of a 40 hours work placement outside of the set timetable.

However, in the current climate we are striving to bring the same high-quality learning in a more blended approach, utilising both class and online learning.

Learners on the programme are usually aiming to progress onto a number of Higher Education courses, for example, Social Work, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, History, Education and many more, with previous cohorts of learners ranging in age from 19 to 60+, showing the wide variety and accessibility of the qualification.

Whether you have just completed a Level 2 qualification or are already a graduate, looking to completely change career, the team will support you throughout your time on the course and you will have access to a range of resources, including the Learning Zone, 19+ rooms and library. You will also have free access to Microsoft Office 365, one drive and hundreds of online resources through our e-library and virtual learning
environment, Canvas.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessments methods vary from module to module but typically include, written essays, research projects, presentations, academic posters and exams. All assessment methods are designed to provide the skills needed for learning at degree level.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Learners on the programme are usually aiming to progress onto a number of Higher Education courses, for example, Social Work, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, History, Education and many more. 

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

In addition to the modules studied, you will also have the opportunity to work with staff to complete your UCAS application (if you wish) and will receive support and lessons on academic writing, time management and exam preparation.

Assessments methods vary from module to module but typically include, written essays, research projects, presentations, academic posters and exams. All assessment methods are designed to provide the skills needed for learning at degree level.

A work placement, which links to the course and your planned progression route, is an essential part of this programme. This can be paid or voluntary and will support your UCAS statement, if you wish to progress onto university. You are encouraged to have, or be in theprocess of obtaining your work placement before the course begins. A DBS check will be required for your placement work.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five GCSEs or equivalent Grade 4 (previously grade C), including Maths and English. You will also need to attend an interview and complete a written assignment. If you do not have any of these qualifications please get in touch. GCSE Maths and English are available at the College FREE of charge for those without a grade 4 (C).

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