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Access to Higher Education Diploma - Humanities & Social Science Level 3

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Course Code: FE0028-1C Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 36 weeks Entry requirements: GCSE English grade C or level 4, GCSE Maths grade D or level 3 (or equivalent) Assessment: Essay, exam assessments and academic posters, presentations, and case studies. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities combined with Social Sciences Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: 45

Why this course?

This access course helps you pursue a career in local government, the civil service, trade unions, social services, voluntary organisations, charities or NGOs among others.

You will study topics in politics, current affairs, and issues such as power, class, gender and race in contemporary society.


Why this course?

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Entry requirements

You must have a grade 3 (D) or above in GCSE English and Maths.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.


Self study

It is essential that you do some reading in preparation for your course so a starting point would be to read about politics and current affairs in the press and media.

Politics UK (2010), by Jones et al and An Introduction to Sociology (2011) by Ken Brown contain some very useful material.

It is also essential to research courses and universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application which takes place in the first term.

Entry requirements

Course units

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Stratification
  • Gender & Race
  • Literature from the Counter Culture
  • The Mass Media
  • Power and Politics
  • The Victorians: Local History Research
  • Ethics
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Youth and Deviance
  • Extended Independent Academic Study
  • Reviewing and Planning for the Future
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Using IT For Study
  • Essay Skills

Course aims

On the course you will study an introductory sociology unit; examine contemporary social stratification (class, race, gender & age); look at the relationship between power and politics and the impact of the mass media on society; conduct a research project concerning the impact of the Victorian period on the local area; examine literature from the counter culture; look at some of the issues in contemporary ethics; as well as examining the ways in which deviance has been defined and addressed.

Alongside the subject classes, you will also be given the opportunity to develop your study skills.

You will develop your ability to learn and develop the necessary academic skills, such as essay writing, delivering presentations, research skills which will prepare you for study at university.

  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

Work experience

Securing work experience in a social or welfare department or voluntary work with a charity is recommended to further your knowledge. 

What's next?

This access course is an accepted entrance qualification to HE for humanities degrees such as politics, media studies, history, anthropology, international relations, humanities, cultural studies, criminology, sociology and globalisation studies, as well as more vocational degrees such as journalism.

The course is suitable for those who are interested in a career in local government, the civil service, trade unions, social services, voluntary organisations, charities or NGOs among others.

It also enables you to progress onto further training for other graduate careers.

Course cost

The course fees are £3,384.

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

Course cost
  • Humanities 1
  • Humanities 2
  • Humanities 3
  • Humanities 4
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

24 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

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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

846 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

Current Vacancies on Indeed

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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

3 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:

Current Vacancies on Indeed

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