Social Science Pathway

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The Access to HE (Health Science Professions) course content for the Social Science Pathway is aimed at those wishing to pursue degree programmes related to a variety of career opportunities in both the Public and Private sectors. Study is organised around a relevant learning plan. Achievement of the Diploma is based on the completion of 60 level 3 credits comprising of 15 UNGRADED and 45 GRADED: Pass, Merit or Distinction. Your university can advise you of their particular grade profile requirements. This Access to HE diploma pathway is intended for students who wish to pursue careers in: 

    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Health Studies
    • Social Work
    • Teaching 
    • Law

 

 

 

Ungraded Units

This gives you an opportunity to shine when you are invited for an interview at the university. You will research the university and look at the syllabus and the combination of academic and practical experience and delivery. You will address your own transferable skills and put them to use when writing your UCAS application. You can produce a practice UCAS form prior to submitting your application to UCAS. All the research relating to this unit needs to be contained in a portfolio. You can take this with you to demonstrate that you have carried out detailed research of the course that you have applied for.

There are many diseases and consequently many causes of diseases. Identifying the prevalence of diseases comes with the notion of patterns in society where disease is prevalent. You will be looking at the nature of diseases and the changing patterns across society over time. By identifying diseases and causes, steps can be taken to reduce a disease. Public Health Agencies play a clear role in this; you will be given the opportunity to discover how effective these agencies are in promoting health.

There are many different methods involved in research and you will be introduced to some of these, for example; Correlations, Experiments, Observations, Case Studies Questionnaires and Surveys. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own piece of research in a standard report format.

This can be awarded against a level 3 essay. In essay preparation, you will be expected to research a topical area and present an argument, analysis or evaluation, demonstrating that you can use the evidence you have researched to present ideas and empirical evidence to support the claims that you are making.. The set of writing conventions relating to an essay can vary depending on the subject area. You will be asked to read the question carefully so that you know what the question is asking. In identifying the key words you will be able to see what the main idea is behind the title. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to select relevant material.

Psychology Units

This involves the localisation and function of the brain. The different methods of investigating the brain are considered, whereby the strengths and weaknesses of those methods are addressed. You will be given the opportunity to look at the interaction between the brain and behaviour in an example of day to day living.

This covers the central nervous system, Grey and White matter. You will be considering key concepts involved in nerve impulse transmission such as the all - or - none rule, sodium ion and calcium ion across membranes. You will be looking at a number of neurotransmitters and their role in behaviour and also the impact of drugs and the environment on behaviour and neurotransmitter levels.

This Psychology unit includes theoretical explanations of human behaviour and includes many examples; the Bio- psychological, Psychoanalytical, Behaviourist, Cognitive and Humanistic approaches. Each of these perspectives offer an understanding of why we behave the way we do and you will have the opportunity to apply these ideas to show knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts in an everyday life context.

Here we discuss an area of psychological investigation that relates to ‘abnormal ‘behaviour and psychopathological disorders, this is sometimes referred to as atypical behaviour. This unit covers explanations of what is considered to be ‘abnormal’ behaviour, it also considers a number of different perspectives that are used to explain a broad range of disorders including, depression, schizophrenia and eating disorders. The effectiveness of the various treatment and therapies are also addressed.

Health Units

This unit relates to communication between health care professionals and clients. Here you will be able to explore the different ways of breaking down barriers of communication and how some barriers are more difficult than others to eradicate. You will develop an understanding of the importance of listening skills and how empathy is a focal point of the client /nurse relationship. There are many forms of communication used to convey confidential information. There is a focus here to show how any breaches of confidentiality can have serious consequences.

There are a range of physiological disorders identified here in this unit. You will be made aware of at least three different disorders in detail from the onset and the processes involved in the diagnosis of the disorder including the tests involved in identifying the disorder and remedies to address the disorder and the care strategies used to support the individual on recovery. The roles and responsibility of health care specialists is also important in the speed of recovery and palliative care.

 

Sociology Units

This unit seeks identify the epidemiological trends in society. You will have the opportunity to explore inequalities in health by researching the relationship between social class, ethnicity and gender and the idea of the concept of health and illness as a social construct. This unit also addresses the assumption that there may be a relationship between medicine, power and social control. You will be given the opportunity to review the development within the NHS and the parameters in the understanding of access to health care for all.

 

 

Monthly Direct Debit Options: Access to Higher Education Diploma, including certification fee

The total cost of the course is £1150. You can pay in full, or take advantage of one of the following interest free options:

12 monthly payments of £95.83
11 monthly payments of £104.50
10 monthly payments of £115.00
9 monthly payments of £127.78
8 monthly payments of £143.75
7 monthly payments of £164.29
6 monthly payments of £191.67