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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. Stonebridge’s 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 can communicate with our experienced tutors via phone, email and our online platform, PEARL. You can also use PEARL to get in touch with like-minded students.

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. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is six months, on average learners complete their course within 8 to 9 months.

To successfully achieve your Access to HE Diploma and get to university, you’ll need to be dedicated and manage your time well. PEARL, our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will regularly remind you about deadlines and our Student Support Officers are on hand if you need advice and guidance.

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

Stonebridge courses are made up of several units, which each come attached to an assignment. You’ll submit assignments to your personal tutor for marking and receive detailed 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 are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

This qualification will prepare you to make the step up to university. Dedicated unitswill 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 a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and 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 admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, 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:

1.      Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or above.

2.      Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University

3.      Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.

4.      Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.

5.      Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc.

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 diploma and unit choices within meet each set of 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, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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’.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

 

Unit 18: Criminal Law & Procedures

 On completion of this unit you will:

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

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)

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. Stonebridge’s 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 can communicate with our experienced tutors via phone, email and our online platform, PEARL. You can also use PEARL to get in touch with like-minded students.

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. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is six months, on average learners complete their course within 8 to 9 months.

To successfully achieve your Access to HE Diploma and get to university, you’ll need to be dedicated and manage your time well. PEARL, our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will regularly remind you about deadlines and our Student Support Officers are on hand if you need advice and guidance.

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

Stonebridge courses are made up of several units, which each come attached to an assignment. You’ll submit assignments to your personal tutor for marking and receive detailed 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 are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study skills.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

This qualification will prepare you to make the step up to university. Dedicated unitswill 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 a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and 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 admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, 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:

1.      Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or above.

2.      Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University

3.      Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.

4.      Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.

5.      Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc.

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 diploma and unit choices within meet each set of 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, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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’.

 

Unit 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.

 

Unit 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.

 

 

Unit 18: Criminal Law & Procedures

 On completion of this unit you will:

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

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)
SALE Up to 40% OFF
Ends midnight Monday 21st January
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