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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
11.2 Sociology and Social Policy
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002861
Price:
£135.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification Summary

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to humanities and social science topics. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on English language and literature, history, politics and philosophy which underpin most humanities degrees. Many learners join humanities and social science degrees after following A level study, so the Diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover an introduction to history skills, English language and literature and an introduction to psychology, criminology and sociology to cover the social sciences background knowledge but then they will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth. They will study a range of optional units covering aspects of English language and literature, key events in history and have the opportunity to investigate specific aspects of sociology, psychology, crime and law.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.


Why choose this qualification?

The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to humanities and social science topics.  Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on English language and literature, history, politics and philosophy which underpin most humanities degrees.  Many learners join humanities and social science degrees after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover an introduction to history skills, English language and literature and an introduction to psychology, criminology and sociology to cover the social sciences background knowledge but then they will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth.  They will study a range of optional units covering aspects of English language and literature, key events in history and have the opportunity to investigate specific aspects of sociology, psychology, crime and law.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 12 credits must be taken from the mandatory group. A maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Research optional group and 3 credits from both the Humanities and Social Sciences optional groups. The remaining 21 credits can be taken from either of the two optional groups.


Units

Graded Academic Mandatory Units

Learners must complete 12 credits must be taken from the mandatory group.

History Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014145
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Introduction to English Language and Literature

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025905
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Introduction to Psychology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018292
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Introduction to Sociology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014030
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Graded Research Units

A maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Research optional group.

Humanities - Research Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026350
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Humanities Research Project - Methodology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026348
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Research Skills for Social Science

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026104
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Social Research Methods

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU007950
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Humanities

3 credits must be taken from the Humanities group with the remaining 21 credits taken from either of the optional graded academic groups.

English Literature - Prose Criticism

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025888
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Introduction to Literature: Responding to Poetry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026360
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Introduction to Philosophy

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026346
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Introduction to Religious Thought

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006987
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Introduction to a Pre-20th Century Drama

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU014899
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Introduction to the History of English

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025884
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Political Philosophy

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006927
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Political Processes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010484
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Social Change & Reform in 19th Century Britain

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011215
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Study of a Specified Historical Event

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026357
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Techniques in Creative Writing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014443
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The Study of Non Fiction Texts

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025893
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Women's History 1832-1918

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006791
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World War One - The Trenches and The Home Front 1914/1918

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025899
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Social Sciences

3 credits must be taken from the Social Sciences group, with the remaining 21 credits from either of the optional graded academic groups.

Aspects of Social Psychology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU005844
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Atypical Development and Abnormal Behaviour

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025692
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Child Development

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006046
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Cognitive Psychology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017095
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Culture and Identity

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011218
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Education Studies: Socio-Economic Factors in Educational Achievement

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014787
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Globalisation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006877
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Human Rights for the Twenty-First Century

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010482
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Introduction to Criminology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU018992
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Introduction to Social Policy

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014710
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Introduction to the Sociology of Crime and Deviance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006605
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Media and Society

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026240
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Poverty and Social Exclusion

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014245
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Social Inequality

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025627
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Sociology of Health

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU007094
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Sociology of the Family

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025357
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The Psychology of Criminal Investigation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU019963
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 credits of ungraded units with 9 credits from the Mandatory ungraded group and 6 credits from the optional ungraded group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 9 credits from the Mandatory ungraded group.

Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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References and Reliability of Sources

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026344
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 6 credits from the optional ungraded group.

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Application of Number - Interpreting and Presenting Information

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007486
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Being a Reflective Learner

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017819
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Introduction to the Grammar of English

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010767
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Understand Published Research for Social Scientists

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025750
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QAA aim code

4001051X

Target Groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.


Progression & Entry Requirements

Learners will probably require a pass in maths and English at GCSE level or a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths to progress onto a degree course.

Provider approval criteria

No specific resources or special requirements specified.


Progression Routes

BA (Hons) Humanities
BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing)
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
BA (Hons) English Literature
BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) History and Politics
BSc (H) Criminological Psychology
BSc (H) Psychology and Criminology
BSc (H) Police Studies with Criminological Psychology
Psychology BSC (Hons)
BA (Hons) Social Psychology
BA (Honours) Social Sciences
BA (Honours) Social Sciences (Sociology)
BA (Honours) Social Sciences (Psychology)
BSc (Hons) Sociology
BA (Honours) Criminology
BA (Honours) Social Sciences (Criminology)BA Liberal Arts
BA in Education


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  • Access to HE Diplomas are designed for adult learners aged 19+ and the ESFA only funds young people on these programmes by exception, as stated in paragraph 149, page 39 of the Funding guidance for young people 2020 to 2021.

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

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Assignment briefs

Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.

The assignment briefs can be easily adapted to suit your needs. We recommend checking the rules of combination for the Diploma and adapting the brief accordingly.

To provide a flavour of what’s available, you can download the below samples for free:

Assignment Brief – Preparation for Higher Education – QU007638

Assignment Brief – Safeguarding Children Young People and-or Vulnerable Adults – QU025409

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