You will be taught by specialist tutors qualified to Masters Level in their subject areas. Additionally you will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide you through the UCAS application process and look after your pastoral and course requirements
You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including research activities, essays, exams, case studies, presentations and written work. Incorporated into the course are academic skills such as essay writing, presentation skills and research skills.
There are 15 graded units on the course which will be awarded at pass, merit and distinction. The universities will then ask for certain grades to be required for entrance to their course. It is highly recommended that you check with the universities regarding the grades you will require as they differ greatly depending on which course is to be studied.
Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills and subject knowledge preparing you for progression to university to study a variety of Social Science courses including Psychology, Law, Sociology and Criminology Sociology. Additionally the course will enable you to study for vocational degrees and qualifications in Social Work, Probation and related areas.
Throughout the course you will study 15 units in total ALL students study the following units in Psychology and Sociology:
Changing Beliefs in British Society
Social Stratification and Inequality
Education and Social Inequality
Sociology of the Family in Modern Britain
Concepts of Normality and Mental Health
Social Influence and Independence
Students then have the choice of Studying Law or Criminology as their third option.
Law of Tort
Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person
The Jury System
Sociological Explanations of Crime
The Origins of Criminology
The Reliability of Evidence
Theories of Crime Causation
More than just a Course
An Access course is designed to provide not just the knowledge, but also the skills to succeed at university. A large part of the course is to build students confidence in their own abilities and achieve their full potential, this is key for those returning to study after a significant gap.
In addition to the taught sessions you will be given guidance on progression and will receive support applying for university. From time to time guest speakers are invited in to talk to the students and a range of Open Days at local universities are also available.
On the Social Science and Social Science course the opportunity to select a third module is built in to the pathway. This enables students to choose a subject which fits in with their future course choices i.e. Law for those wishing to pursue a career in the legal profession; and Criminology for those going down the Social Science route or Probation or the Police. In fact Social students benefit from this option as Law is part of the Social Work degree.
You are required to have GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above. For Social Work and related fields work experience in an appropriate sector is desirable. Some proficiency in IT would be an advantage to those wishing to enroll on the course.
On successful completion of this qualification our learners go on to study either academic degrees in Psychology, Sociology, Law and related fields, or vocational degrees in the Social Work field.