Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Social Sciences | Level 3
Why this course?
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.
The Access course is an ideal route to university for students who do not have the traditional entry requirements.
Our unit combinations of academic, psychology and sociology related topics will help you return to study and prepare you for your chosen degree. You'll be supported with your UCAS application and we will help prepare you for university admissions interviews.
Views Veronika RiseboroughI honestly believe that your feedback and help from last year has prepared me so well for university. Everything you said last year about the Access course, how it will prepare us, has come true.
alumni Views Eunice NginaThe Access course and its supportive tutors prepared me really well for my University degree course in Criminology and Sociology at Sussex University.
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 and maths.
Additional GCSE's may be required by your chosen university.
An interview with a member of the department is required for this course.
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.
Access to Social Sciences is an intensive course with an ethos of hard work and commitment. You will be supported to achieve the highest grades you can in every formal assignment, and encouraged to find solutions to the challenges you will meet on the way. This is what makes our course the very best preparation for university and for the professional arena in the future.
The full Access Diploma is worth 60 level three credits; 45 are graded credits and the remaining 15 must be achieved but are ungraded.
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology
- Psychology of Mental Health
- Psychology of Early Socialisation
- Criminological Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Effects of Stress
- Sociology of Health
- Sociology of the Family
- Sociology of Policy
- Sociology of Education
- Sociology of Crime and Deviance
- Extended Independent Academic Research
Ungraded units :
- Critical Thinking
- Essay Skills
- Reviewing and planning for the future
- Research Skills for Academic Study
- Using ICT for Study
The aim of our Access courses are to inspire passion in your subject, and at the same time, build confidence and put you at ease with achieving university level standards.
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
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.
The course is FREE if you meet the following criteria:
If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or above, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: firstname.lastname@example.org | 01273 667704
Advanced Learner Loan
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