Access to Higher Education – Diploma in Social Science
What is this course about?
The Access to Higher Education course provides you with an ideal way to develop the skills necessary to progress to university whilst studying subjects that are relevant to your chosen degree programme. Successful completion of the course will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification that is equivalent to A Levels. The course will focus on a range of units which will be delivered through taught sessions, the Virtual Learning Environment and e-tutorials.
Units include Psychology, Sociology and Social Policy, Criminology and an independent research project.
There are no formal entry requirements, but it is beneficial for students to have Level 2 Functional Skills or above in English. In the absence of any formal entry qualifications students will have to demonstrate Level 2 English ability via an initial assessment at interview. Students without qualifications in Maths and English may find it beneficial to complete the Return to Study course first. This enables students to develop confidence in their ability to study at a higher level before starting the Access programme. In addition, students will need to check the entry requirements for their chosen degree programme. Some courses require students to have GCSEs in Maths and/or English or relevant work experience. It is very important that you check these entry requirements before you start the course.
How is it taught
The Access course is taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, independent e-learning, research, group discussions and workshops. In addition to taught sessions students will develop independent research and study skills through seminar based sessions.
Typically, you should expect to be in College for approximately fifteen hours per week, normally over three days. In addition, you will need to undertake approximately fifteen hours of independent study per week to include additional research and assessment work.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including; written assignments, open book tests, presentations, group activities and written reports. The assessments take place throughout the course so you will not have to face any final exams at the end to pass the course, and you can monitor your progress at any stage. To achieve the Access to HE Diploma, you will need to gain 60 credits, at least 45 of which must be at Level 3. Of the 60 credits, 15 are ungraded and 45 are graded pass, merit or distinction.
What else do I need to know?
Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. You can access our Learning Resource Centre facilities at both Cauldon and Burslem Campuses, and you can use the Learning Resource Centre at Staffordshire University which is open 24 hours a day. All our classrooms are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience.
What could I do next?
Typically students on this Diploma progress to university to do a range of subjects including Law, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Humanities and Social Work.