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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

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Overview

If you have been looking for an Access to Higher Education Diploma that can lead you straight to university, look no further. Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) is the perfect way to unlock a rewarding career in a range of fields, from Sociology to History, Politics to Psychology.

By studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities), you will have the chance to sample a range of different topics so that you can decide which field is suitable for you and what you would like to explore further at university. With units on the political system, psychology, concepts of neuroscience, crime and deviance, history and public policy, this qualification will get you ready for any degree in Humanities. Social Science courses are ideal for people with a critical mind and a keen interest in how societies function.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to prepare you for the challenges of academic study. Widely accepted by universities as alternative qualifications to A-levels, the Access to HE Diploma will get you ready for independent study with modules on academic writing, research and assignment preparation.

As soon as you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) with learndirect, you will be given access to all learning materials so that you can start learning straight away. Unlike other courses that have a set enrolment date, there is no need for you to wait to start studying: enrolment is open all year round. 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.

Our dedicated tutors will support you every step of the way and address any questions you may have. You will also receive feedback on your progress and guidance on your assessments, study plans and anything else that may help you achieve your full potential on your learning journey.
 

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the support you will receive from the learndirect team will give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of achieving a university degree.

The course fully prepares you for the university application process and the transition from home study to undergraduate education. Once you have graduated from a Social Science or Humanities based degree programme, you will have the skills to enter into a spectrum of professions, including politics, law, human resources (HR) and social work, amongst others.

Modules

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 and Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance.
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance.
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance.

Module 6: 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 7: Industrial Change in Britain 1700-1850 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the pattern of industry and urban society c1700-1760.
  • Understand the causes and nature of industrial change in Britain c1760-1850.
  • Understand the impact of industrial change on British social, economic and political life by 1850.

Module 8: Political Parties 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of political parties in the British Political System.
  • Understand the difference between a single party, dominant party, two-party and multi-party system.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Labour Party.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Conservative Party.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Liberal Democrats and the Minor Parties.

Module 9: 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 sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes.
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy.

Module 10: Imperialism in the Late 19th Century

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of economics in late 19th century imperialism.
  • Understand the Political importance of late 19th century imperialism.
  • Understand the effect of late 19th century imperialism on the continent of Africa.

Module 11: The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology) 

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 12: 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 13:  Social Change in Britain 1914-1939

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of World War 1 on British society.
  • Understand the social consequences of unemployment, housing and health problems during the period 1918 – 1939.
  • Understand developments in family life, and leisure opportunities.

Module 14: 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 15:  Sociology of the Family 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family structure.
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views.

Module 16:  Understanding Drama 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how an author creates character.
  • Understand the structure of plot within a drama.
  • Understand the part played by language in dramatic effect.
  • Understand how a play transfers from page to stage.

Module 17: Public Health during the 18th and 19th Centuries

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of urban development and public health during the 18th Century.
  • Understand the causes and effects of public health problems in the 19th Century.
  • Understand the nature and impact of attempts to address public health problems in the 19th Century.

Module 18: Political Representation - Prime Ministers, Ministers and Civil Servants 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Cabinet Government’.
  • Understand the extent to which Britain has moved to a system of ‘Prime Ministerial Government’.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Ministers.
  • Understand the role of Civil Servants and their channels of influence.
  • Understand how the position of the Civil Service has changed over the past 20 years.

 

Requirements

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

 1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.

2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.

3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.

4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.

5. GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40008873). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

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.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

Hear from our past Students

If you have been looking for an Access to Higher Education Diploma that can lead you straight to university, look no further. Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) is the perfect way to unlock a rewarding career in a range of fields, from Sociology to History, Politics to Psychology.

By studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities), you will have the chance to sample a range of different topics so that you can decide which field is suitable for you and what you would like to explore further at university. With units on the political system, psychology, concepts of neuroscience, crime and deviance, history and public policy, this qualification will get you ready for any degree in Humanities. Social Science courses are ideal for people with a critical mind and a keen interest in how societies function.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to prepare you for the challenges of academic study. Widely accepted by universities as alternative qualifications to A-levels, the Access to HE Diploma will get you ready for independent study with modules on academic writing, research and assignment preparation.

As soon as you enrol on the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) with learndirect, you will be given access to all learning materials so that you can start learning straight away. Unlike other courses that have a set enrolment date, there is no need for you to wait to start studying: enrolment is open all year round. 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.

Our dedicated tutors will support you every step of the way and address any questions you may have. You will also receive feedback on your progress and guidance on your assessments, study plans and anything else that may help you achieve your full potential on your learning journey.
 

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the support you will receive from the learndirect team will give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of achieving a university degree.

The course fully prepares you for the university application process and the transition from home study to undergraduate education. Once you have graduated from a Social Science or Humanities based degree programme, you will have the skills to enter into a spectrum of professions, including politics, law, human resources (HR) and social work, amongst others.

Modules

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 and Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance.
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance.
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance.

Module 6: 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 7: Industrial Change in Britain 1700-1850 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the pattern of industry and urban society c1700-1760.
  • Understand the causes and nature of industrial change in Britain c1760-1850.
  • Understand the impact of industrial change on British social, economic and political life by 1850.

Module 8: Political Parties 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of political parties in the British Political System.
  • Understand the difference between a single party, dominant party, two-party and multi-party system.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Labour Party.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Conservative Party.
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Liberal Democrats and the Minor Parties.

Module 9: 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 sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes.
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy.

Module 10: Imperialism in the Late 19th Century

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of economics in late 19th century imperialism.
  • Understand the Political importance of late 19th century imperialism.
  • Understand the effect of late 19th century imperialism on the continent of Africa.

Module 11: The Brain and Nervous System (Psychology) 

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 12: 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 13:  Social Change in Britain 1914-1939

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of World War 1 on British society.
  • Understand the social consequences of unemployment, housing and health problems during the period 1918 – 1939.
  • Understand developments in family life, and leisure opportunities.

Module 14: 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 15:  Sociology of the Family 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes in family structure.
  • Understand sociological explanations of the family to include Functionalist, Marxist, feminist and interactionist views.

Module 16:  Understanding Drama 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how an author creates character.
  • Understand the structure of plot within a drama.
  • Understand the part played by language in dramatic effect.
  • Understand how a play transfers from page to stage.

Module 17: Public Health during the 18th and 19th Centuries

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of urban development and public health during the 18th Century.
  • Understand the causes and effects of public health problems in the 19th Century.
  • Understand the nature and impact of attempts to address public health problems in the 19th Century.

Module 18: Political Representation - Prime Ministers, Ministers and Civil Servants 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Cabinet Government’.
  • Understand the extent to which Britain has moved to a system of ‘Prime Ministerial Government’.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Ministers.
  • Understand the role of Civil Servants and their channels of influence.
  • Understand how the position of the Civil Service has changed over the past 20 years.

 

Requirements

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

 1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.

2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.

3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.

4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.

5. GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included to help you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40008873). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

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.

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

Hear from our past Students

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