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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
11.2 Sociology and Social Policy
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002612
Price:
£140.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+
QAA aim code:
40008769

Qualification Summary

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to sociology and criminology. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on sociology/social policy and criminology topics. Many learners join these types of 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 sociology and criminology 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 sociology and social policy and have the opportunity to investigate specific aspects of criminology.

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


Why choose this qualification?

This Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to sociology and criminology.  Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on sociology/social policy and criminology topics.  Many learners join these types of 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 sociology and criminology 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 sociology and social policy and have the opportunity to investigate specific aspects of criminology.

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

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 45 graded credits at level 3 from 'academic subject content units. 12 credits must be taken from the mandatory group. A maximum of 6 credits must be taken from the Research optional group, a minimum of 12 credits must be taken from the Sociology and Social Policy optional group and 12 credits from the Criminology optional unit group with the remaining 3 credits taken from any of the optional groups.


Units

Graded Research Units

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Research Skills for Sociology or Criminology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026190
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Social Research Methods for Sociology or Criminology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026192
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Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 12 credits from this group.

Introduction to Criminology

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

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU007804
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Criminology

Learners must complete a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 15 credits from this group.

Aspects of Social Psychology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU005844
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Crimes of Violence

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025844
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Criminal Law

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025876
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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 the Sociology of Crime and Deviance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006605
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Psychology and Criminal Investigation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026378
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Understand the Impact of Crime

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025846
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Sociology and Social Policy

Learners must complete a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of15 credits from this group.

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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Poverty and Social Inequality

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026375
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Social Policy

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026373
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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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Sociology of the Media

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014492
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Valuing Diversity: Types, Bases and Impact of Discrimination

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU018124
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 credits from this group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 9 credits from this 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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Understand Published Research for Social Scientists

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025750
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 6 credits from this 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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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Professional Interpersonal Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025402
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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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References and Reliability of Sources

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026344
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Intended learner 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.


Delivery methods

Face to face
Blended learning

Work placements would also be beneficial and visits to museums would widen opportunities.

It should be noted that where learners are conducting primary research, their suggested research project should be scrutinised prior to commencement to check that ethical considerations have taken place. In addition, agreement from the interviewees must be obtained to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations, 2018.

Assessment methods to include: Essays, projects, presentations, self-evaluation, group discussions, SWOT analysis, case studies, short answer questions, literature review, exams, reports, role plays, reflective accounts.


Progression routes

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)


Progression & entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements.

Provider approval criteria

No specific resources.


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.

The following support materials will help you deliver this qualification.

Access to HE Quick Guides

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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.

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