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Access to Higher Education Social Sciences

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Course Code: FE0206-1C Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional, Access to Higher Education Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Entry requirements: See entry tab Assessment: Written assignments, presentations and exams. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities combined with Social Sciences Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

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Course Aims:

The Northbrook MET Access to Social Sciences course is a one-year course that prepares you for entry into Higher Education for a range of professions, such as Primary teaching, Social Work, Psychology and Criminology.

Entry requirements

If you didn't get the grades you needed at college, or if you never considered university an option but have now decided you'd like to continue your education, an Access course is for you.

GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) in Maths.

Additional GCSE's may be required by your chosen university.


An interview with a member of the department is required for this course. 

Entry requirements

Why the MET?

  • We support students to gain the confidence to return to academic study after being out of education for a period-of-time.
  • Full support is given to complete the UCAS application process, including guidance on the university interview processes. 
  • Supportive tutors encourage high achievement and successful applications to university. 
  • The class environment encourages peer support and encouragement. 
  • Students attend college one day a week.
Why the MET?

Course units

Graded Units: 

• Extended independent Academic Study (Professional Studies)

• Psychology of Early Socialisation 

• Introduction to Sociology

• The Sociology of Education

• The Sociology of the Family

• The Sociology of Poverty

• The Sociology of Crime and Deviance

• The Sociology of Health

• Introduction to Psychology

• The Effects of Stress

• Applied Stress Management

• The Psychology of Education

• The Psychology of Criminology

Course aims

The Access course is an ideal route to university for students who do not have the traditional A Level entry requirement. Our unit combinations of academic, psychology and sociological related topics will help you return to study and prepare you for your chosen degree.

The aim of our Access courses is to inspire passion in your subject, and at the same time, build confidence and put you at ease with achieving university level standards.


Ungraded Units :

• Essay Skills

• Reviewing and planning for the future

• Time Management with Statistics 

• Research Skills for Academic Study

• Communication and Presentation Skills

Assesment

All your classes will be highly engaging and enable you to be involved and assessed by a range of methods including presentations, essays, reports, discussions, presentations, short answer tasks, and research studies.


You will be assessed throughout the course based on the following:

• Written assignments – essays/ short answer questions/ academic posters/ workbooks

• Internal exams – seen / unseen

• Presentations – group and individual

• Discussions/ debates

• Independent Research Study

Assesment

What's next?

This course will prepare you for further study and entry into university for a range of professions, such as Primary teaching, Social Work, Psychology and Criminology.

You may pursue a career in social work or a welfare profession. 

What's next?

Course fees

The course fees are £3,022. 

You may be eligible for support with tuition fees or an Advanced Learner Loan. 

Course fees
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Social or humanities scientist

Typical Tasks:

  • Studies society and the manner in which people behave and impact upon the world.
  • Undertakes research across the humanities that furthers understanding of human culture and creativity.
  • Traces the evolution of word and language forms, compares grammatical structures and analyses the relationships between ancient, parent and modern languages.
  • Identifies, compiles and analyses economic, demographic, legal, political, social and other data to address research objectives.
  • Administers questionnaires, carries out interviews, organises focus groups and implements other social research tools.
  • Undertakes analyses of data, presents results of research to sponsors, the media and other interested organisations.
  • Addresses conferences and publishes articles detailing the methodology and results of research undertaken.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £22,172

AVERAGE £34,067

POTENTIAL £48,887

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Social worker

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.
  • Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties.
  • Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards.
  • Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help.
  • Organises support and develops care plans to address service users.
  • Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings.
  • Gives evidence in court.
  • Participates in training and supervision.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £20,475

AVERAGE £31,317

POTENTIAL £43,037

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning

Welfare professional n.e.c.

Typical Tasks:

  • Provides activities to assist young people develop and fulfil their potential as individuals and within the community.
  • Advises and supports families experiencing stress or crisis.
  • Acts as an advocate for and represents individuals and families at tribunals and similar hearings.
  • Oversees, supervises and provides counselling for the process of adoption.
  • Mentors and counsels those with mental health problems.
  • Provides rehabilitation services to individuals.
  • Manages volunteers and part-time workers, and liaises with other relevant professionals.
  • Keeps records and controls budgets.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,673

AVERAGE £29,465

POTENTIAL £41,711

Desired Skills:
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