Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

The Access to Higher Education Diploma course has completely transformed the lives of thousands of adults. If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification, here is an opportunity to return to study and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The aim of the course is to provide you with a route into higher education at university or college. Hundreds of former students have gone on to higher education courses at both our own University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere, showing that the course is successfully preparing students for the next stage in their education.

The qualification is a full-time course equivalent of two to three A Levels and takes one year to complete.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

Childhood Studies

This interesting subject looks at sociologically approaches to childhood and key stages of children’s physical, social and cognitive development. You will study in depth the social policies and practices currently being used in this sector such as safeguarding and roles and responsibilities of those involved with young people. Further studies look at the contemporary youth issues and how these are portrayed in the media.

Through reading and discussion, you will begin to think critically about different topic areas in Psychology, such as personality, emotion, memory, child development and conformity. From your study of these, you will develop a broad understanding of the perspectives and research methods used in psychology.

You will be able to develop further into some topics through essays, a seminar and research project.

Law is divided into three units. Unit one looks at types of law and how they interact with the doctrine of the Separation of Powers. Assessment is by a 1000 word assignment.

Unit two is a research unit where students will select a topic to investigate such as euthanasia or whether there exists a gender bias in murder laws. Assessment is through planning and producing a piece of research.Unit three explores aspects of the English Legal System looking at the structure of the courts, the differences between civil and criminal law, the role of solicitors, barristers, judges, magistrates and jurors.

Study Skills
This part of the course focuses on developing the practical skills you will use on a higher education course; including essay writing, referencing and effective note-taking.

Academic Writing

Your studies will focus on planning, developing and structuring essay materials; the use of appropriate terminology and referencing. These skills you develop will complement your essay based studies.

You will receive all the help you need with university applications and study support in a weekly tutorial, which also gives you the chance to talk to your tutor about your academic progress and plans for university.

What training will be provided?

Within this course you will cover a range of disciplines such as:

Sociological Approaches, stages of development (physical, social and cognitive), social polies, youth issues, and principles of safeguarding.

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What Next?

After successfully completing the diploma you will be prepared for studying a university-level (higher education) course at university or college. 

This diploma is suitable for you if you are pursuing a career in the areas below (after graduating from a relevant higher education course):

  • Early years teacher
  • Family support worker
  • Health play specialist
  • Learning mentor
  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Special educational needs teacher
  • Social worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Youth worker
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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

This course is designed for mature students, aged 19 or over, who have had sufficient life or work experience between leaving school and starting the diploma. 

To make sure this is the right course for you, acceptance onto the diploma is based on aptitude and commitment following an interview and assessment.

You will need an English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. 

It is also strongly advised that you contact the university or teaching institution, you wish to attend after completion of this course and check what their exact GCSE requirements are for your chosen degree. Every university admission policy is different so its worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs. 

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