Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Science with Law

Subject Area Access to Higher Education: Social Sci
Course Type Adult Learning
Start Date September 2020
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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Science with Law

This is exciting opportunity to discover more about the law and its role within society.

You will cover units that explore the workings of the English Legal System including: the court hierarchy; how laws are made and interpreted and the people who work within the system. You will discuss both civil and criminal process as well as looking at aspects of negligence and personal injury and the issues surrounding human rights.

You will have the opportunity to visit local courts, practice interpreting laws and case judgements and, subject to student interest, participate in a mock trial.

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 covered 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.

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Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in English
  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in Maths
What will I learn?
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  • English Legal System

  • How laws are made and interpreted

  • Civil and criminal process

  • Criminology

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LocationPaignton Campus
Dates21/09/2020 - 09/07/2021

This course costs: £3142.00

This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable).

If 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.

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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This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

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