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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Code ACCL3SSA
Awarding Body ASCENTIS
Level Access to Higher Education
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

The one-year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science provides a broad-based experience for students over the age of 19 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 and Community Development, Health and Social Welfare, Counselling and Psychology in Community Settings, Childhood and Youth Studies, Psychology and Sociology, Criminology and Archeology.

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 independently and with others, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

All students attend classes in Sociology, Psychology and Study Skills.

You will complete 15 ungraded units in:

  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

You will complete 18 graded credits in Sociology with units in:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Application of Theories to Substantive Topics (exam)
  • The Sociology of War and Violence
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Research Investigation.

You will complete 18 graded credits in Psychology with units in:

  • Introduction to Psycholog
  • Application of Theories to Substantive Topics (exam)
  • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviours
  • Research Project.

The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • 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 independently and with others, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

  • All students attend classes in Sociology, Psychology and Study Skills.

    You will complete 15 ungraded units in:

    • Study Skills
    • Further Study Skills
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology

    You will complete 18 graded credits in Sociology with units in:

    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Application of Theories to Substantive Topics (exam)
    • The Sociology of War and Violence
    • Sociological Perspectives
    • Research Investigation.

    You will complete 18 graded credits in Psychology with units in:

    • Introduction to Psycholog
    • Application of Theories to Substantive Topics (exam)
    • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviours
    • Research Project.

    The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Assessment

Assessment on Access programs 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. The graded units will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths
Grade 4 or C
GCSE English
Grade 4 or C

You must be aged 19 or above.

Next steps

In addition to the skills gained in sociology and psychology, you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills. You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto Higher Education. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.

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Tuition fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team. Email: information@bradfordcollege.ac.uk. https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/help/knowledge-base/higher-education-fees-2021-22/

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