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Access to Higher Education (Humanities Combined with Social Sciences) Course at Varndean College

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Days and Times

Mon 9am-4.20pm*
Tues 9am-4.20pm*

* Days & times provisional 

Units: Psychology, Sociology, History, Cultural Studies, International Development, Academic Skills, Individual Research Project

   

This course is popular with adults who have vocational aspirations to work in the Public Sector or those who wish to apply for degree courses in Social Sciences, Humanities, Globalisation and International Relations/Development. Key themes such as social class, poverty and inequality run throughout the core units of this course. Learners are offered opportunities to engage in topical and academic debate. The emphasis is on teaching you the relevant academic skills you will need to be a successful student at university.

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Your future choices at University

The following list reflects the destinations chosen by students in previous years:

  • Social Work
  • Teaching/Education
  • Social Policy
  • Mental Health
  • History
  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Development Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
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  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Therapy
  • Research

Term one:

The first term’s work is designed for learners who are returning to academic study yet have some useful transferable life skills and work experience. You will investigate academic research in relation to social issues such as poverty, inequality and mental health.

  • The History unit will offer opportunities to discuss different representations of poverty in the 19th and 20th centuries and how successive governments define poverty.
  • The Sociology unit will focus on inequality in society and different theoretical perspectives and explanations of why people have such different life chances.
  • The Psychology unit will investigate how mental health is defined and treated.
  • The Academic Skills unit will introduce and offer opportunities to practise note taking skills, critical reading skills, essay writing and research skills. There is an emphasis on reflective learning that will differentiate between the learner’s existing skills and experience.
  • Tutorial will focus on support and guidance with university applications.

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Term two:

The second term encourages the development of independent learning and study skills for HE through the following units:

  • The History unit investigates the changing role of women and in particular how the Industrial Revolution affected home and work.
  • The Sociology unit studies the theoretical explanations of social class.
  • The Psychology unit will look at how society influences our behaviour
  • The Study Skills unit will focus on the appropriate interpersonal skills needed as a university student.
  • Tutorial help for university interviews is available.

Term three:

The third term offers you the opportunity to practise your academic skills through an independent Psychology research project and your Study Skills tutor will help you prepare a seminar presentation about your research work in progress. Tutors will supervise you and support your choice of research project. You will also write essays on a popular protest movement in History and Crime and Deviance in Sociology.

Assessment

The assessment reflects the skills that you will need at university so will be a combination of individual essay writing, timed essays, research tasks, presentations and group work. Some Level 3 units will be graded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

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