What's covered?

The units cover a wide range of topics and are designed to help learners to build on the knowledge and skills needed when working in the social services or education sectors. The units include Equality and Diversity, Introduction to Psychology, Sociology of education, English language for teachers, Organisation and methods of teaching as well as an extended independent academic study. The units are designed to develop your research and analytical skills and to increase your organisational skills and developing study skills.

What do you need?

A high level of self-motivation is required for you to complete the course. The Access course should enable you to gain increased confidence in your academic abilities in a new learning situation and in readiness for higher education as well as looking at your potential work environment. You are expected to be working at Level 2 currently and this is equivalent to having GCSE grades at C or above. You need to have English and Maths at grade C and you may be asked to complete an initial diagnostic assessment of these subjects. It may be possible to complete a maths course alongside Access following assessment. Very good IT skills are also required to complete and submit work. You must be able to commit yourself to the course of study in a mature and efficient way, with a high level of motivation, attendance and time-management. You will be working in college for 2 days weekly and need to be able to invest at least 20 hours additionally each week in independent study.

How you are assessed

The Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 course. The Diploma consists of a number of mandatory units which have a credit value and to achieve the award you will need to gain 60 credits. Many universities are requesting that at least 30 credits are at Distinction Grade and 12 - 15 are at Merit Grade. There are also units which are graded at Pass only. You will be assessed through written reports and essays, presentations, timed tests and assessments and participation in discussion and role plays. It is advisable to be working as a teaching assistant or doing volunteering work in an appropriate setting alongside the course to be able to map experience and reflect on practice.

How Long?

The Access to Social Sciences and Education Diploma is a one year intensive course designed to prepare you for study at degree level at University. The course is for 1 year and will be based on classroom study and self-study.

What course next?

You will be able to apply to do a degree programme at university in a variety of areas or continue your studies with Foundation degrees in Primary Education, Early Years or Working with Children and Young People at East Berkshire College.

What could this lead to?

Related degree programmes include areas such as Primary or Early Years teaching, Integrated Children and Young People's services or Educational psychology

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