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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get university-ready within a year
  • Complete your course online
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Pursue a degree in sociology, psychology and more
  • Tutor support
  • No exams
 

About Your Diploma

For anyone keen to pursue a degree in sociology, psychology, history, or other subjects related to social sciences or humanities, gaining foundational knowledge will put you in a strong position ahead of your university studies.
 
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) is a Level 3 qualification that not only provides you with essential knowledge but is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. This means that if you don’t possess traditional qualifications to get into university, then an Access to HE Diploma is a solid alternative.
 
Most universities accept this qualification as part of their entry requirements, but you should check with your chosen establishment beforehand. If successful, you will have a base of knowledge of which to build upon thanks to the diverse units you will cover while studying for your Access to Higher Education Diploma.
 
From cognitive psychology and various sociological strands to crime and deviance and political representation, you will explore topics across the spectrum, making this qualification incredibly useful for aspiring professionals in the social science and humanities fields.
 
As well as delving into sector-specific subjects, you will also learn a range of essential study skills that will get you prepared for degree-level study. An Access to Higher Education Diploma is ideal for individuals that want to go to university and be as prepared as possible for the next chapter of their academic career.
 

Getting Started

To help keep you on track with your studies, you will be given an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which will detail the submission deadlines of your assignments, creating a clear schedule for you to follow. The course is delivered entirely online, so you can learn from the comfort of your own home.
 
You have a level of freedom that does not come with classroom learning, and while there are deadlines to meet, you are able to fit your study time around your existing commitments. As soon as you enrol on the course, you will be given instant access to all the course materials you need.
 
Our student portal has everything neatly organised for you in one place, and you will benefit from the expertise of dedicated tutors and our Access Support Team. 
 
Unlike A Levels, in which you need to study for around two years to achieve the qualifications, you can gain your Access to HE Diploma in less than a year! When you enrol, you have two years to complete the course, but learndirect students take 9-12 months, on average, to achieve their qualification.
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%
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

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.

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 its 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 C/4 or above 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.

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

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 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.

 

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.

Career

With the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) under your belt, you will be in a strong position to study a degree related to these fields. If you are unsure of what avenue you want to take in terms of your career, then the diploma is a great option as it covers a wide range of topics.
 
During your studies, it may become clearer in your mind which path you want to go down. There are a wide range of subjects you could go on to study at degree level, including:
  • Politics
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • International Studies
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • History

Further Qualifications and Prospects

Depending on the career path you choose to take, you may require further training and qualifications to achieve your end goal. For example, if you want to progress into teaching, you will need to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through approved Teacher training programmes.
 
Moreover, if your ambition is to work in psychology, then you may need to gain qualifications in addition to your degree. For example, to become a Forensic Psychologist, a postgraduate qualification is required. Whatever avenue you go down, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) will get you prepared for a career in this field.
 
 

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

Your Course at a Glance

  • Get university-ready within a year
  • Complete your course online
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Pursue a degree in sociology, psychology and more
  • Tutor support
  • No exams
 

About Your Diploma

For anyone keen to pursue a degree in sociology, psychology, history, or other subjects related to social sciences or humanities, gaining foundational knowledge will put you in a strong position ahead of your university studies.
 
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) is a Level 3 qualification that not only provides you with essential knowledge but is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. This means that if you don’t possess traditional qualifications to get into university, then an Access to HE Diploma is a solid alternative.
 
Most universities accept this qualification as part of their entry requirements, but you should check with your chosen establishment beforehand. If successful, you will have a base of knowledge of which to build upon thanks to the diverse units you will cover while studying for your Access to Higher Education Diploma.
 
From cognitive psychology and various sociological strands to crime and deviance and political representation, you will explore topics across the spectrum, making this qualification incredibly useful for aspiring professionals in the social science and humanities fields.
 
As well as delving into sector-specific subjects, you will also learn a range of essential study skills that will get you prepared for degree-level study. An Access to Higher Education Diploma is ideal for individuals that want to go to university and be as prepared as possible for the next chapter of their academic career.
 

Getting Started

To help keep you on track with your studies, you will be given an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which will detail the submission deadlines of your assignments, creating a clear schedule for you to follow. The course is delivered entirely online, so you can learn from the comfort of your own home.
 
You have a level of freedom that does not come with classroom learning, and while there are deadlines to meet, you are able to fit your study time around your existing commitments. As soon as you enrol on the course, you will be given instant access to all the course materials you need.
 
Our student portal has everything neatly organised for you in one place, and you will benefit from the expertise of dedicated tutors and our Access Support Team. 
 
Unlike A Levels, in which you need to study for around two years to achieve the qualifications, you can gain your Access to HE Diploma in less than a year! When you enrol, you have two years to complete the course, but learndirect students take 9-12 months, on average, to achieve their qualification.

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.

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 its 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 C/4 or above 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.

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

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 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.

Career

With the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) under your belt, you will be in a strong position to study a degree related to these fields. If you are unsure of what avenue you want to take in terms of your career, then the diploma is a great option as it covers a wide range of topics.
 
During your studies, it may become clearer in your mind which path you want to go down. There are a wide range of subjects you could go on to study at degree level, including:
  • Politics
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • International Studies
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • History

Further Qualifications and Prospects

Depending on the career path you choose to take, you may require further training and qualifications to achieve your end goal. For example, if you want to progress into teaching, you will need to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through approved Teacher training programmes.
 
Moreover, if your ambition is to work in psychology, then you may need to gain qualifications in addition to your degree. For example, to become a Forensic Psychologist, a postgraduate qualification is required. Whatever avenue you go down, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) will get you prepared for a career in this field.
 
 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)

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