Access to Higher Education
Access to Higher Education - Social Sciences (September 2023 Start)
The Access Study Programme has been developed for adults who
missed out on higher education when they were younger or would like a change of
career. The Study Programme aims to provide a firm foundation for progression to
study at degree level. For this reason study skills and educational support and
guidance form essential elements of the Study Programme. In addition,
group and individual tutorial sessions support students and offer guidance with
the UCAS process and study skills.
The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff
in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress
onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week
with strict deadlines. There is at least 20 hours of additional study at home
each week so it is important to ensure that you can plan this in to your weekly
To improve our world and quality of life, we have to understand society. As the study of society and how human behaviour influences our world and our health, an access diploma in Social Science is perfect for those wishing to pursue a career in Health and Social Care, Psychology and Sociology, as well as many other disciplines. Studying social sciences can transcend across many different industries and social science graduates can be found in almost every occupational field including ranging from education and public services, to health and social care.
What Will I Learn
How Will I Be Assessed
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is predominantly
based upon continuous assessment (coursework). There will be a variety of
teaching methods used throughout the course, including individual practical
work, small group exercises, on-line research, group presentations, whole-class
teaching and peer assessment. You will be supported and encouraged to develop
and practice the skills that will enable you to become an independent learner
and fully prepare you for Higher Education.
The assessment methodology will take a variety of forms
- Timed Assessment/End Test
- Presentations (with hand-outs/notes)
- Case Study
- Independent Research Study
Who can apply? This qualification is for students aged 19
and over. You must have achieved GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or
We are looking for applicants with a high level of motivation to be an independent student with a willingness for self-study, the commitment to study a full time, challenging course with a clear idea of the university level programmes that you wish to progress onto.