SOCIAL SCIENCES: ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION DIPLOMA

Overview

About the Course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma course has completely transformed the lives of thousands of adults. If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification, here is an opportunity to return to study and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The aim of the course is to provide you with a route into higher education at university or college. Hundreds of former students have gone on to higher education courses at both our own University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere, showing that the course is successfully preparing students for the next stage in their education.

The qualification is a full-time course equivalent of two to three A Levels and takes one year to complete.

FEES

Many students who study an Access to Higher Diploma use the government's Advanced Learner Loan initiative to fund it. This means there are no up-front fees or credit checks. Visit the government's useful pages here to find out more.

Your Course

What modules are covered?

Victorian History
You will study the history and culture of Victorian Britain, one of dramatic political and social change. From the remarkable changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution to the increase in political engagement and activism, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of key social, cultural and political events. You will study the emergence and plight of the working classes, Victorian literature and art, and the changing nature of the family in Victorian Britain.

You will develop the analytical skills needed to interpret and write about the past. Studying history is an excellent option for those wishing to better understand the past, or to develop their reading and writing skills. 

Psychology 
Through reading and discussion, you will begin to think critically about different topic areas in psychology, such as personality, emotion, memory, child development and conformity. From your study of these, you will develop a broad understanding of the perspectives and research methods used in psychology. 

You will be able to develop further into some topics through essays, seminars and a research project. 

Sociology
The broad aim of the course is to introduce you to the study of modem society. This is an interesting and lively activity as it involves looking at familiar ideas and institutions in a new and critical way.

During the course, you will study selected topics such as education, crime and deviance and culture. Through these topics, you will become familiar with some of the key ideas, concepts and perspectives used within sociology. The research project, which forms part of the assessment, provides an exciting opportunity for you to explore issues and areas of personal interest.

Study Skills
This part of the course focuses on developing the practical skills you will use on a higher education course; including essay writing, referencing and effective note-taking. 

Tutorial
You will receive all the help you need with university applications and study support in a weekly tutorial, which also gives you the chance to talk to your tutor about your academic progress and plans for university.

Your Future

What Next?

After successfully completing the diploma you will be prepared for studying a university-level (higher education) course at university or college.


This diploma is suitable for you if you are pursuing a career in the areas below (after graduating from a relevant higher education course):

  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Teaching

Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

This course is designed for mature students, aged 19 or over, who have had sufficient life or work experience between leaving school and starting the diploma. 

To make sure this is the right course for you, acceptance onto the diploma is based on aptitude and commitment following an interview and assessment.

You will need an English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above. 

It is also strongly advised that you contact the university or teaching institution, you wish to attend after completion of this course and check what their exact GCSE requirements are for your chosen degree. Every university admission policy is different so its worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs. 

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I really enjoyed my time here on the course. The teachers are fantastic and really helpful. Having not been in education for 18 years, the environment I was provided allowed a great way to meet new people from a wide range of backgrounds.
Georgina Access to Social Sciences
WHY STUDY AT FARNBOROUGH?
CAREER FOCUSED DEGREES
We focus on giving you the skills and knowledge to kick-start your career, which is why many of our courses are more hands-on than you might expect.
CLASSROOM BASED LECTURES
Our class sizes are similar to college, which means you won’t get lost in the crowd or feel like just a number with us.
SMALL CAMPUS EXPERIENCE
Our small campus is full of plants, natural light, and new facilities that will help you feel good while studying. Plus, you’ll have exclusive access to University Centre study spaces in the College.
PLENTY OF PERSONALISED SUPPORT
Studying a degree at a small institution means your lecturers will know all your strengths and weaknesses, and give you valuable feedback and support to help you go further.
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