The aim of the course is to introduce learners to the skills needed to work successfully at degree level, especially on degree programmes related to sociology and psychology. These skills are developed by working on essay writing, sitting examinations, carrying out research, taking part in discussions, giving presentations and group work. The course also aims to develop independence, encouraging learners to take a lead on their own assignments. This is a blended learning course delivered over one and a half days, Wed. 9.30 to 15.30 and Fri. 9.30 to 12.30, with additional home study.
The course itself comprises of 16 units which give a total of 60 credits. These units are delivered over three terms These include study skills units which integrate with the wider programme and help with revision skills, writing essays, giving presentations, taking part in group discussions and reflecting on own performance. These also include a unit in Preparation for Higher Education which aims to help you plan ahead for HE applications via UCAS.
If you are interested in a future career in social work, education, psychology, counselling or similar, then this could be the right course for you. You will need to show that you have been successful at level 2 and have achieved GCSE English and maths.
You will need pen, pencils, paper and folders.
All of the fees we charge are based on the level of government subsidy we get for you as a learner. We get these subsidies from the Education & Skills Funding Agency, a central government agency that is responsible for funding schools as well as adult learning. The level of subsidy we get is based on a combination of the type and the level of course that it is and your personal situation (how long you have lived in the EU for, your age and employment status, etc.). Some courses are fully subsidised so you do not have to pay anything, others are partly subsidised and some have no government subsidy whatsoever so are funded entirely from your course fees.
Don't worry if you are in any doubt as to how much you will need to pay as we will invite you to an information session before the course begins. At this session we will discuss all aspects of the course with you including fees.
You will achieve the Access to HE Diploma: Psychosocial Studies. This Diploma is recognised by universities as an appropriate entry requirement to study for a vaiety of degree programmes.
You can continue to study a degree course at university. Degree courses such as: BSc (Hons) Psychology
BA (Hons) Social Psychology
BA (Hons) Social Sciences
BA (Hons) Social Sciences (Sociology)
BA (Hons) Social Sciences (Psychology)
BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies
BA (Hons) Sociology with Psychosocial Studies
BSc (Hons) Sociology
We would normally expect applicants to have a GCSE in English and Maths at grade A to C, but there are opportunities to be studying one of these alongside the Access Diploma.
All of the courses that we run and are available for you to apply for are advertised on our website: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/adult-learning/courses
The easiest route for you to apply for a course is online. If this is your first time applying then you need to set up an account, otherwise you can simply log in using your email address or learner reference number and your password.
For Leisurestream and Community Learning courses you can enrol yourself directly onto the course and make your payment using a debit or credit card.
For our English and maths courses you can enrol yourself online onto the course and no payment is required as these are generally free. Once you have enrolled onto the course the tutor will be in touch with you to discuss the course and to give you the joining instructions.
For qualification courses you can apply online and we will invite you to attend a pre-course information session. At this session one of our tutors will discuss the course with you and make sure that it is exactly what you are expecting and make sure that you will get the outcome you want.
You can call us on 0344 800 8020 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm where one of our Customer Service Advisors will be able to help you to enrol or apply for your course. We have a dedicated phone number with specially trained staff if you want to apply for an English or maths course so to apply please call us on 01603 306530.
You may be eligible for a Loan Bursary if an Advance Learner Loan has been approved by the Student Loan Company
This can assist you with:
Childcare costs, materials and resources, travel costs etc.
To speak to a member of our Learner Services Team with regards to any of the above