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Key details

Attendance
Duration 1 year
Code ACCL3HSCP
Attendance Online
Duration 1 year
Code ACCL3HSCPOL
Awarding Body ASCENTIS
Level Access to Higher Education
Start Date 20/01/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

The one-year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Social Care Professions, for those aged 19+, will provide you with a broad-based experience to progress to a range of Higher Education courses in the Social Care Professions subjects.

This pathway may allow progression to a degree in Social Work, Youth & Community Development, Health & Social Welfare, Counselling, Psychology & Community Settings, Childhood & Youth Studies and Social Nutrition & Health.

What you'll study

Expect to spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course. You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

You will attend classes in Social Issues in Healthcare; Psychology; Study Skills and Academic Writing Skills.

You will complete the following units:

Sociology – 18 credits

  • Introduction to Sociology (ungraded)
  • Sociological Theories
  • Application of Theories to Substansive Topics
  • Research Project.

Counselling – 15 credits

  • Introduction to Counselling (ungraded)
  • Foundations in Counselling
  • Planning a research project (Counselling)
  • Contexts in Counselling.

Social Issues in Healthcare – 21 credits

  • Introduction to Social Issues in Healthcare (ungraded)
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Principles of Safeguarding in Health and Social Work
  • Health and Social Care Provision (Examination).

Ungraded non-academic unit – 3 credits

  • Study Skills.

Ungraded Academic Unit – 3 credits

  • Introduction to Psychology.
  • Expect to spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course. You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

  • You will attend classes in Social Issues in Healthcare; Psychology; Study Skills and Academic Writing Skills.

    You will complete the following units:

    Sociology – 18 credits

    • Introduction to Sociology (ungraded)
    • Sociological Theories
    • Application of Theories to Substansive Topics
    • Research Project.

    Counselling – 15 credits

    • Introduction to Counselling (ungraded)
    • Foundations in Counselling
    • Planning a research project (Counselling)
    • Contexts in Counselling.

    Social Issues in Healthcare – 21 credits

    • Introduction to Social Issues in Healthcare (ungraded)
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Principles of Safeguarding in Health and Social Work
    • Health and Social Care Provision (Examination).

    Ungraded non-academic unit – 3 credits

    • Study Skills.

    Ungraded Academic Unit – 3 credits

    • Introduction to Psychology.

Assessment

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, research investigations and two end-of-year examinations.

You will have a combination of 15 ungraded and 45 graded units. For the graded units you will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry requirements

GCSE English
Grade 4 or C (or equivalent)
GCSE Maths
Grade 4 or C (or equivalent)

You must be aged 19 or over.

How to apply

Apply direct to the College.

When applying to join an Access to HE course, please state on the application form that you require the Social Care pathway.

Next steps

In addition to the skills gained in health and social care you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills. From this course you can progress onto a degree course in Social Work, Health and Social Care, Counselling and Psychology in Community Settings, Youth Work and Community Development or Social Nutrition and Health. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.

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