What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The Access course has been designed for those adults who feel they missed out on higher education when they were younger. The programme aims to provide a firm foundation for study at degree level. Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course.
Tutorial sessions support learners and offer guidance with the UCAS process and study skills.
The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 15-20 hours of additional study at home each week. Additional support is available for students for particular difficulties/needs.
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*2017/2018 fees for Access to Higher Education courses are dependent on your age, circumstances and chosen course. Click here to view more information about fees. This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, which may be written off when you successfully complete your studies in higher education at college or university. For more information click here.
You may be entitled to support towards the fee, please phone Jill Clark on 01392 400526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
The course comprises of different units of study.
Core units may include:
- The British Welfare State - its history and development through political policies and legislation
- The Mixed Economies of Care - how the care sectors work together and how they are funded. There will be a small exam element here.
- Group Work and Team Management - what is the difference between a group and a team? What makes a good leader?
- Research Issues in Health and Social Care - why research in health and social care is important and ongoing. You will be conducting a research project of your own to demonstrate and improve your skills
- Poverty and Social Inequality - taking a look at causes and trends in poverty in the UK
- Equal Opportunities and Diversity - indentify different types of prejudice, stereotyping and oppression and issues associated with equal opportunities and diversity
- Interpersonal Skills - examine methods of communications and their positive and negative influences on the individual and need for support
- Key Perspectives in Sociology - examine and apply sociological theories such as Marxism, feminism, functionalism and postmodernism
The modules are chosen to give a broad based understanding of health and social care from different perspectives. Learners also study IT and study skills at Level 2 (GCSE level)/Level 3.