Access to Social Science

Access to University courses at Portslade Adult Learning

This course is essential for students wishing to move on to Social Science related Higher Education courses including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology. Students are given full support to apply for a university place

START DATE AND TIME:
Thu, 30th April 2020
0930-1700
DURATION:
34 weeks
Code:
FE094
Advanced Learning Loan:*
£3022
*You might be entitled to funding if you are aged 19-23 and this is your first Full Level 3

TUTOR:

Michele Ponting

Address

TBC

This course is essential for students wishing to move on to Social Science related Higher Education courses including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology. Students are given full support to apply for a university place

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

 

  • To develop confidence and self- awareness.
  • To develop the ability to write in the appropriate academic tone and format.
  • To develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice.
  • To develop the ability to work independently and in group activities.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Course content includes 11 units that have been chosen to be vocationally relevant for careers in the Social Sciences. The units include the following;

  • Essay skills.
  • Ethics
  • Reviewing and planning for the future.
  • Sociology
  • Psychology.
  • Stress management.
  • Crime and Deviance.
  • Research methods
  • Independent academic study.


TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Tutorials.
  • Workshops.
  • Assignments.
  • Presentations.
  • Independent study.

Teaching methods in the current situation

  • We have been running the current course using meet.google.com an online classrooms, an interactive forum for the group and our Moodle site.
  • We are also using Skype and FaceTime for 1:1 tutorials
  • So the intention is to start the Access course as planned on April 30th and run them from the number of weeks on line until such time as this situation is resolved. Students certainly seem to be doing a lot more work; students with children can work around their families and book tutorials with me on days and times to suit them. Please email me if you would like to book a meeting with me on FaceTime or meet.google.com

Please note that students will be expected to:

  • Meet deadlines.
  • Conduct research.
  • Take part in group activities.
  • Become independent learners and manage their time effectively.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

No formal qualifications are required. However, the interview process will include a literacy and numeracy assessment and students should achieve level 2 or above in these assessments. Students who do not achieve level 2 may be advised to complete Maths and English GCSE. It is essential that candidates check the entry requirements for their university choices before enrolling for the ACCESS course. If you do require both Maths and English, then you might consider completing these alongside a course such as the Pre Access course


HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE

You will be assessed through a range of methods including essays, presentations, exams and a small-scale research project. You will be given regular tutorials to check progress, identify any issues, set targets and support your return to academic study and writing.


EXTRA STUDY OR PRACTICE REQUIRED AT HOME

An additional 10-16 hours of home study is required


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE

Pen, paper, folder and dividers. The recommended reading list will be provided at the interview.


WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

This pathway is suitable for students wishing to move on to Social Science related Higher Education courses including degrees in Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology. This course is suitable for career enhancement or university entrance on a wide variety of courses. Students are given support to apply for a university place through the UCAS applications process.

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