Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Science (Distance Learning)
This online course offers an exciting opportunity to gain the qualifications that you need to progress to University in the convenience of your own home.
This is an online learning platform that includes innovative, interesting lessons and full support from a personal tutor. The course takes two academic years to complete. Please note, this is a term time only course and tutors may be unavailable during half term breaks and holidays.
All spheres of human activity are affected by the interplay between social structure and individual agency. Sociology is unique in its recognition not only that societies shape us, but also that we shape our societies. In studying sociology, you can make comparisons of societal behaviour, attempt to solve issues and gain a more rational and objective understanding of the society in which we live.
You will also be studying Criminology and Psychology in depth. Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behaviour. The focus of Criminology can range from crime scene investigation, to theories surrounding why individuals commit crime and the effects of prison on the individual and society. Criminology incorporates both aspects of Psychology and Sociology. The Psychological aspects of Criminology focuses on the individual, whilst the Sociological aspects of Criminology focuses on society as a whole and how issues within society might be responsible for encouraging a criminal career.
Topics that you can expect to learn about on the course include the Criminal justice system and its effects on society, theories of offending, crime and deviance, plus much more!
It is desirable if you have a clear idea of the university course that you would like to apply for. Please check your HE institute choice/s for their entry requirements.
Both maths and English GCSE grade 4 (or equivalent) are required for all Access Diplomas (exceptions will be considered if you do not need this criteria in order to progress to your selected Higher Education Institute).
You may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your course fees, which you will not have to repay if you progress to University and complete your degree.
Please choose your preferred study option below (subject to change).
This course costs: £3082.00
If the amount shown is more than £0.00 and you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.
This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).
You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.
To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.
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