Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) – Open College Network West Midlands

Course Code: AHSDP
Learning Aim Code: 4000403X
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time (14 hours per week)
Duration: One year
Campus: Paget Road campus / Wellington Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you are 19 or over and want to pursue a higher education qualification in a social science-related subject – such as psychology or sociology - but lack the necessary qualifications to go to university, our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) course will give you the skills you need to go on to a degree.

The Access to Higher Education qualification is widely recognised by universities and bridges the gap between existing education and what is needed to study at degree level.

The Social Science pathway is an intensive and challenging one-year course that will give you an overview of social science in the 21st century, help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed for university.

We have excellent feedback from past students on our Access to Higher Education courses and many have gone on to become social workers, psychologists, and probation officers, as well as professionals involved in the development of social policy.

To succeed on this course you will need to be committed and focused and have a zest for learning, as well as good time management skills, particularly if you work and have family responsibilities.

Before you embark on the course it is important that you know what you want to study at university, have thoroughly researched your chosen course and attended university open days.

If you want to pursue a career in the social science sector our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) will set you on the road to a great career

What will I learn?

The Social Science Pathway will focus on:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Criminology

You will also develop your ICT skills

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the underpinning skills, knowledge and academic conventions needed for Higher Education
  • Learn how to research, design, plan and write educational assignments as well as developing your critical and evaluative thinking skills
  • Develop an appreciation for the promotion of active reading to identify relevant information and take part in discussions and debates based on informed reading
  • Develop your analytical skills to give you the confidence to participate in verbal and written debate
  • Develop your practical skills and appreciate the need for attention to detail

How will I be assessed?

This is an assessment-based course and will include a combination of essays, reports, presentations, group discussions and timed examinations

What can I do next?

The skills you will learn on this course will enable you to:

  • Move on to a higher education course in a social science-related subject (you are advised to check that the Access to HE course is accepted as entry to your chosen university course)
  • Pursue a career in the social science industry

What are the Entry Requirements?

You need to be working to at least Level 2 English, and for some courses Level 2 maths, which will be assessed at your interview. This will allow you to study GCSE English and GCSE maths alongside your main programme of study if required.

You must demonstrate your commitment to the course and a keen interest in pursuing your chosen career. Applicants who do not have recent experience of study but have relevant work or life experience will be considered on an individual basis.

The suitability of applicants will be assessed through the combination of an application form, interview, and an initial assessment.

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