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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)
General Pathway

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) - General Pathway

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) is a general diploma containing History/Politics and Psychology units alongside the Sociology content. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences and Humanities) is a popular, nationally recognised qualification designed to provide you with the skills needed to apply for a degree courses at university.

If you want to go to university, but don’t have the required entry qualifications, this is a great way of jumping back into study and getting the qualification you need to gain university entrance.

Check your University will accept this qualification

Most universities and colleges accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as an entry requirement, but we strongly recommend that you check with each of the institutions you’re interested in attending. The syllabus tab (below) provides course specifications which identify the units provided in this course, so you can let the universities know the ground of learning your qualification will have covered.

You will need Maths and English GCSE grade C

Universities and colleges are likely to ask you for a minimum of Grade C in English and Maths GCSEs, or equivalent. You’ll also need to meet this requirement in order to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities).

How soon can I get my Access to Higher Education Diploma?

Set the pace of your learning

You set the pace of your learning, and studying independently means you need to set aside time and be realistic about how much time you can dedicate to your studies. With this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you can take any time, from 9 months to 2 years, to successfully complete all the assignments.

You’re not alone

Contact is all available, obviously with your assessor, but also with students on the same course, via our unique platform PEARL. There are debates and forums in which you can participate. Sharing thoughts and ideas is all part of the learning process.

How do I submit assignments?

Your study materials will be broken down into units, and you will complete an assignment for each unit. You can make notes, or ‘assignment planners’ inside the course materials for each unit as you go along; they will prepare you for the way you need to study at university.

Get feedback from your personal assessor

All the study materials are online and your personal assessor will also mark all your assignments in our virtual learning environment platform, PEARL. Your feedback will be mostly via email and is also in PDFs which will be delivered within PEARL, so you can log-on and chart your progress. Your assessor will also provide guidance to help you successfully complete assignments.

Assignments and credits

The assignment itself relates exactly to the study materials and is your way of proving that you have learned it. All assignments provide the evidence against which you are awarded learning credits. 60 credits equates to an Access to Higher Education Diploma. The 60 credits comprise 15 ungraded credits and 45 graded (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Life after your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

You will probably apply for your actual university/college entrance while you are still studying for this qualification. Universities offer ‘conditional’ places on their courses, for example: on condition that you achieve the qualification, or: on condition you achieve a certain level of qualification. The Social Science and Humanities related degree course you have identified as your end goal, should ideally be already lined up by you, so that on achieving this qualification, you can continue your studies and start a new life at Uni.

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 Social Science or Humanities 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:

  • Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit of above.
  • Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  • Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  • 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, DTS 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.

If you’re a UK resident aged 19 or over then you’ll have to pay your own fees but you can apply for the government backed 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. This will be paid back in monthly installments but the payments only begin once you’ve finished the Access to HE course and are earning over £21,000 pa.

Ideally, once you’ve finished the Access to HE Diploma you’ll then go on to complete a Higher Education (HE) qualification, such as a degree course. The outstanding balance of your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan will then be written off.

The degree course does not have to relate to the Access to HE course that you’ve previously taken, however, both must be successfully (Access and Degree) completed in order to cancel re-payment of the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

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)

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan with this course. We are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. You can access your Advanced Learner Loan if you meet the criteria. Two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.
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You can enrol today and pay much, much later

You can access your course information straight away. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

*Cashback will be paid to you once you have finished paying for your course in full. For more information, please see our cash back terms and conditions. The total amount payable over the term's period, is no more than the total cash price of the course. (APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.
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Yes, when you study using this kind of funding, Dimensions Training Solutions offers considerably more than the same one without the 19+ funding loan.

Enhanced course content

Six Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) modules are embedded in the content of your course: Maths, English, Digital Life Skills, Confidence, Resilience and Meeting Deadlines.

You can choose to study a further four: Workplace Ready, Initiative, Teamwork and Problem Solving. These are all designed to boost your personal skill level and help your career progression.

Additional personal support

A Student Support Officer (SSO) will be assigned to you, so you have a single point of contact throughout your course to support you with any admin issues. Dimensions Training Solutions regularly update the SFA with details of study hours, and evidence of learning, in order to responsibly account for your course funding.

You will have an Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date” and your SSO is there to encourage and help you stay on course. This is in addition to your Assessor, who assesses your work and provides personal constructive feedback.


The difference between courses funded by 19+ loan and privately funded courses

Features Course funded
by 19+ Advanced Learner Loans
Course funded privately
Personal Student Support Officer assigned to you
Personal Assessor Support assigned to you Automatic embedding of 6 key Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) in course
10 EILS available
Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date”
Flexible deadline to finish your course
Online study delivery
Postal study delivery
Payment in full or in instalments while you study
Eligibility requirement for loan
Nothing to pay until course is finished and you earn over £21,000 pa.
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