Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

Overview

Studying Social Science and Humanities covers a wide spectrum of subjects focusing on everything from human society and social relationships, to human culture.

Across the globe, many sectors require an understanding of different cultures meaning the career prospects are vast covering a varied range of industries. From local government and civil service, to voluntary and charity sectors, studying social science and humanities opens the door to endless possibilities.

How does my Access to Higher Education Diploma work?

All of our course materials are easy to understand, and provide you with a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who’ll have regular contact with you via our on-line platform. You’ll be responsible for setting your own study schedule to fit around your lifestyle and responsibilities; you can therefore study at your own pace and in your own way.

Whilst you will have a great deal of flexibility with your studies, you’ll need to develop the discipline to study independently as well as be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available. Contact is all available with fellow students via our unique platform, and through debates and forums where you can share thoughts and ideas.

How will my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) be assessed?

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You’ll find ‘assessment planners’ included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your personal tutor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you’ve produced, and how you can improve.

All assignments provide the evidence required to award you with learning credits. You will need 60 credits to achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Of the 60 credits required, 15 will be ungraded and 45 will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What happens after the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

The goal is for you to be fully prepared, so you can apply to a University and begin your journey on a Social Science or Humanities related degree course.

After successfully completing an undergraduate course at university, you as a graduate, can enter a wide range of careers. These could include teaching, management, charity work, social and youth work and many more.

If you make the most of your time at university then it will open doors to a range of exciting career options, which could include (but are not limited to):

  • Private Enterprise
  • Local government
  • Education
  • Public Services

Course modules

Module 1: Preparing to study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback

Module 2: Academic writing skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism

Module 3: Preparing a written assignment  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Module 4: Independent research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Module 5: The origins of the welfare state

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term social welfare
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address

Module 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application
  • Understand personal HE opportunities
  • Understand the financial implications of further study
  • Know how to apply for a course

Module 7: Political parties

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of political parties in the British Political System
  • Understand the difference between a single party, dominant party, two-party and multi-party system
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Labour Party
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Conservative Party
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Liberal Democrats and the Minor Parties

Module 8: Prime ministers, ministers & civil servants

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Cabinet Government’
  • Understand the extent to which Britain has moved to a system of ‘Prime Ministerial Government’
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Ministers
  • Understand the role of Civil Servants and their channels of influence
  • Understand how the position of the Civil Service has changed over the past 20 years

Module 9: Britain & Europe

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand why the EEC was established and why Britain’s attitude towards it changed
  • Understand the development of the political parties’ views on Europe
  • Understand how the structures of the EU work
  • Understand the impact of EU membership on British politics and the future prospects for the EU

Module 10: Introduction to psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

Module 11: The brain & nervous system   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

Module 12: Introduction to cognitive psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues. 

Module 13:  Introduction to sociology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution

Module 14:  Sociology of education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socialising agency
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy

Module 15:  Understanding crime & deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Know theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

Module 16:  Industrial change in Britain 1700-1850

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the pattern of industry and urban society c1700-1760
  • Understand the causes and nature of industrial change in Britain c1760-1850
  • Understand the impact of industrial change on British social, economic and political life by 1850

Module 17: Imperialism in the late 19th century

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of economics in late 19th century imperialism
  • Understand the Political importance of late 19th century imperialism
  • Understand the effect of late 19th century imperialism on the continent of Africa

Module 18: Introduction to political ideologies

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by a political ideology
  • Understand the functions of political ideologies
  • Understand the different types of political ideologies
  • Understand the value of political ideologies

Module 19: Social change in Britain 1914-1939

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of World War 1 on British society
  • Understand the social consequences of unemployment during the period 1918 – 1939
  • Understand the nature and consequences of housing and health problems during the
  • period 1918 – 1939
  • Understand developments in family life, leisure opportunities and living standards

Module 20:  Public health during the 18th & 19th centuries

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of urban development and public health during the 18th Century
  • Understand the causes and effects of public health problems in the 19th Century
  • Understand the nature and impact of attempts to address public health problems in the 19th Century

Requirements

All learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent qualification), a relevant NVQ at level 2 or above and aspire to study a related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to Higher Education Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each University has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at Merit or Distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. We strongly recommend learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full L2 NVQ qualification in a related subject.

Each learner must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. This research should be undertaken as soon as possible. learndirect will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment

After each graded and ungraded unit there will be an assignment which needs to be completed and submitted online to your assessor for marking. You'll find 'assessment planners' included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your assessor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you've produced, and how you can improve.

The assignments contain one or a combinations of 2 tasks that you need to complete. As an example this could be any combination of a short series of questions, an essay, an academic report or a presentation. Learners must work their way through their ungraded and graded course units and attempt to get as many “Distinction” credits as possible. These are important as a minimum amount maybe specified in your university degree entrance criteria.

This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 360 hrs.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (4000/521/5). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands is a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. Open College Network West Midlands also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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