LASER Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - Social Sciences Diploma

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Length 1 Year
Site Broadwater Campus Map
Attendance Part Time
Course Code DFSSAY
Tutor Lynn Taylor
Day / Time Monday - 09:00-17:00
Start 11-Sep-2017
Fees
New fees are published every year in April
A B C D E
£0 Not Applicable £3,022.00 £2,870.90 £3,022.00

The fee you pay will depend on your individual circumstances and the course type

A - You may not have to pay if you are eligible for Government funding (some courses excluded) - click for details
B
- Full fee (includes tuition, any exam/reg and DBS if applicable). Some fees can be paid in instalments (conditions apply) - click for details

       (note that 'BA' and 'HNC' courses can be paid for by Student Loan - click for details )
C
- Full fee for courses that can be paid for by 'Advanced Learner Loan' - click for details .

        Alternatively, fee can be paid in instalments (conditions apply)
D
- Discounted fee for full payment before course start

       (discounted fee is not available if you are paying by student loan or advanced learner loan)
E
- Fee for international students

About this Course

Normally one day per week.


Fees
This course can be FREE

You can pay for this course with a Government Advanced Learner Loan and if you complete a degree following this course, the loan will be written off. More details below under 'Funding & Financial Support'.


The Course

This is a one year intensive course that prepares students for entry into Higher Education degree courses that provide a pathway into careers such as Teaching, Social Work, Psychology and Criminology. The Access course is an ideal route to university for students who do not have the traditional A Levels as it provides a mix of academic and career related subjects.


To prepare you for university study we ensure a wide variety of assessment methods are used on all of the Access pathways including student-led seminars, examinations, essays, presentations and a small scale research project – The Independent Academic Study. To achieve the Access Diploma, students must achieve 60 credits at level 3; 45 credits are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction, and 15 are ungraded and achieve a pass. Click here to see the course flyer

 

Course Content

Course content includes 13 units that have been chosen to be vocationally relevant for careers in the Social Sciences. The Ungraded units include Essay skills, Personal Organisation, Research Skills, Reviewing and Planning for the Future and Communication and Presentation Skills.


Graded units include:

  • Psychology: Introduction to Psychology; Psychology of Education; Psychology of Criminology, Biological and Psychological Aspects of Stress Management
  • Sociology: Sociology of Education, The Family, Poverty, Criminology and Health
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Extended Independent Academic Study

Progression/Career Path

This pathway is suitable for students wishing to move on to Social Science related Higher Education courses including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology, Law and Criminology. This course is suitable for career enhancement or university entrance on a wide variety of courses. You are advised to check the University entry requirements for your choices of degree courses.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students aged 19 and over.


Applicants are required to have a GCSE grade C or above for English Language and GCSE Grade D or above for Maths. Some universities require students to have Maths GCSE at grade C or above, and some also require Science. It is essential that candidates check the entry requirements of their university choices before enrolling for the ACCESS course.


Interview Process


The interview will include a presentation by the Course Leader which provides an overview of the course content and gives the opportunity for candidates to ask questions. Candidates will be individually interviewed by a member of the course team. In addition, candidates will complete a literacy and numeracy task as part of the selection process. The interviews can take up to 2 hours depending on the number of students. It would support your application if you could bring to the interview the following documentation:

  • Evidence of previous qualifications
  • Evidence of relevant work/voluntary experience

Funding & Financial Support

19-23 year olds

  • If you do not already have a full qualification at Level 3 or above and you have fewer than 2 A Levels, you may not have to pay fees. Your eligibility for this funding is normally assessed at time of enrolment.
  • If you are not eligible for the above, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan (described below)


Advanced Learner Finance

  • If you are not eligible for the above fee remission or you are age 24+, you can apply to the Government for an Advanced Learner Loan, whereby the Government will pay your fee and if your future salary is over £21,000 a year, you will start to repay it gradually. Your loan can be written off if you go on to complete a degree after this course. See our Advanced Learner Loan page


Income under £40,000

  • If your household income is below £40,000 per year, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for help with your expenses during your course (travel, books, childcare etc). See our Financial Support page.

Applications

Apply online or complete the application form obtainable from the College and send it to:

FREEPOST RTKJ-USRT-ARLX
Admissions Office
Northbrook Metropolitan College
Littlehampton Road
Worthing
West Sussex
BN12 6NU

Click here for more information about how to apply and to download an application form

Course Content

Course content includes 13 units that have been chosen to be vocationally relevant for careers in the Social Sciences. The Ungraded units include Essay skills, Personal Organisation, Research Skills, Reviewing and Planning for the Future and Communication and Presentation Skills.


Graded units include:

  • Psychology: Introduction to Psychology; Psychology of Education; Psychology of Criminology, Biological and Psychological Aspects of Stress Management
  • Sociology: Sociology of Education, The Family, Poverty, Criminology and Health
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Extended Independent Academic Study

Progression/Career Path

This pathway is suitable for students wishing to move on to Social Science related Higher Education courses including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology, Law and Criminology. This course is suitable for career enhancement or university entrance on a wide variety of courses. You are advised to check the University entry requirements for your choices of degree courses.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students aged 19 and over.


Applicants are required to have a GCSE grade C or above for English Language and GCSE Grade D or above for Maths. Some universities require students to have Maths GCSE at grade C or above, and some also require Science. It is essential that candidates check the entry requirements of their university choices before enrolling for the ACCESS course.


Interview Process


The interview will include a presentation by the Course Leader which provides an overview of the course content and gives the opportunity for candidates to ask questions. Candidates will be individually interviewed by a member of the course team. In addition, candidates will complete a literacy and numeracy task as part of the selection process. The interviews can take up to 2 hours depending on the number of students. It would support your application if you could bring to the interview the following documentation:

  • Evidence of previous qualifications
  • Evidence of relevant work/voluntary experience

Funding & Financial Support

19-23 year olds

  • If you do not already have a full qualification at Level 3 or above and you have fewer than 2 A Levels, you may not have to pay fees. Your eligibility for this funding is normally assessed at time of enrolment.
  • If you are not eligible for the above, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan (described below)


Advanced Learner Finance

  • If you are not eligible for the above fee remission or you are age 24+, you can apply to the Government for an Advanced Learner Loan, whereby the Government will pay your fee and if your future salary is over £21,000 a year, you will start to repay it gradually. Your loan can be written off if you go on to complete a degree after this course. See our Advanced Learner Loan page


Income under £40,000

  • If your household income is below £40,000 per year, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for help with your expenses during your course (travel, books, childcare etc). See our Financial Support page.

Applications

Apply online or complete the application form obtainable from the College and send it to:

FREEPOST RTKJ-USRT-ARLX
Admissions Office
Northbrook Metropolitan College
Littlehampton Road
Worthing
West Sussex
BN12 6NU

Click here for more information about how to apply and to download an application form