Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

General Pathway

Course Summary

Required study hours: 360

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (General)

Fees: £1,199.99 (up-front)

Why Access to Higher Education?

  • Looking for a future career in Social Science and Humanities?
  • Been out of fulltime education for some time?
  • Do you need the skills and a qualification that will enable you to secure a future placement at university?

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been specifically designed for you...

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) “General Pathway” is a generalist specified diploma covering a balanced mix of 20 academic study units that include History, Politics and Psychology units alongside content related to Sociology. Your studies will provide a solid learning foundation for students interested in pursuing a Social Science and Humanities career / university degree course. (review complete course syllabus units’ list below). It’s a popular qualification, recognised by employers and many universities.

Course Unit Assessment, Assessor Feedback & Introducing “PEARL”

Your chosen pathway is made up of a number of individual units, each of which requires you to complete an associated assignment. Our bespoke e-learning management environment “PEARL” provides the gateway to everything that you will need to complete your course and includes many useful online features that will help you along the way.

Benefits of our bespoke system

  • Rich interactive learning content mapped to regulated qualifications
  • Unique online technology assisted e-assessments for competency and knowledge-based assessment
  • Incentives to motivate and encourage learners
  • Useful ‘Assessment Planners’ specifically designed to help you to complete assignments
  • An assigned personal Assessor will mark assignments and provide the results by email and via downloadable PDF’s online. Viewable at any time to track on-going progress
  • Assessors will provide any necessary feedback about the course work that you submit
  • On-going advice and guidance where necessary on how improvements could be made to your course work submissions.
  • Interact with fellow students studying on the same course via our thriving community forums.
  • Help and be helped by sharing course work tips, advice and participating in student debates – Collaborative “social” learners are engaged creating and sharing additional resources.

Your Academic Future...
Life after your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities)

It’s always a great idea to apply for the university or college of your choice whilst studying with us. Universities can offer 'conditional' places for all courses, this means that they will either offer a placement if you achieve the qualification or if you achieve a certain level of qualification.

  • Ideally, nearing the completion of this course you should have your chosen education related university degree lined up and ready to go.
  • After you finally complete and achieve this qualification, you will then be able to seamlessly advance to university life, knowing that you have already secured a place.

There’s no time like the present to start preparing for your future life at university and avoid the associated stress of last minute searching.

What’s Included:

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96)

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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

Unit 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.

Unit 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

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

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.

Learners must have a GCSE in maths and english (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study a healthcare related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE units at Merit of above.
  2. Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  3. Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  4. Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  5. Prior attainment of GCSE English and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc..

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the diploma and unit choices within meet each set of entry requirements. 

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, CCfE will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

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