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

This course will give you an introduction to the social sciences in contemporary society.

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Key information

Course code: B0093U Course type: Access to Higher Education Duration: 36 weeks Start date: September 2017 Timetable:3 - 4 days a week 9.30am - 5.15pm Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths Grade C or above. End qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities combined with Social Sciences Level 3 Awarding body: Laser UCAS tariff: 45 Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: 1. £0 2. N/A 3. N/A 3.£3022 Assessment: A mixture of essays and exams. Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims and areas

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.

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.

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

Why the MET?

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

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

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

Course Costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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How to apply

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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.

What's Next?

  • 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

 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.

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