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?

Law
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.

Victorian History
You will study the history and culture of Victorian Britain, one of dramatic political and social change. From the remarkable changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution to the increase in political engagement and activism, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of key social, cultural and political events. You will study the emergence and plight of the working classes, Victorian literature and art, and the changing nature of the family in Victorian Britain.

Sociology
The broad aim of the course is to introduce you to the study of modem society. This is an interesting and lively activity as it involves looking at familiar ideas and institutions in a new and critical way.

During the course, you will study selected topics such as education, crime and deviance and culture. Through these topics, you will become familiar with some of the key ideas, concepts and perspectives used within sociology. The research project, which forms part of the assessment, provides an exciting opportunity for you to explore issues and areas of personal interest.

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

Study Skills
The study skills short course is worth three credits and must be successfully completed as part of both Access Diploma options. 

Tutorial
Students are required to attend a weekly tutorial as part of their Access Diploma programme. The tutorial is used to help students with UCAS applications and provides support throughout the course.

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Progression

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):

  • Barrister
  • Business
  • Human Resources
  • Local Government
  • Police Force
  • Solicitor
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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.

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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