Do you have an empathetic nature and excel in critical thinking? Do you like taking care of people and making sure they are safe? Then this Access to Higher Education course is the one for you. This qualification will gain you access to degree-level learning which means you could go to university and train to do what you would love.
After university, your options are almost endless. You can work with the less fortunate and make sure they have a life plan that ensures they have a healthy lifestyle. You could help children and adults feel safe against substance abuse and violence. You could make the entire world a better place, for everyone!
Take away the hassle of choosing multiple A-level courses by consolidating all your requirements under one umbrella course. Also, depending on the final grade achieved, learners can earn up to 144 UCAS points upon completion of this course.
Every Access to Higher Education course also includes units covering critical skills that learners will find most useful when they continue into higher education. These units are designed to prepare students and equip them with the knowledge needed for studying at a degree level. What's more, we're here to help you every step of the way!
Register to start studying on 18th September 2023 between 1st and 30th September.
Register to start studying on 1st March 2024 between 1st and 29th February 2024.
Register to start studying on October 1st 2024 between 1st and 30th September 2024.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Communication: Academic Essay Writing
As part of this unit, you will gain an understanding of academic essay writing. Including essay planning, structure and sourcing information. You’ll also look at the importance of academic referencing.
Unit 2 - Study Skills: Developing Research Skills
Research is a fundamental skill in higher education and in this unit we explore the different approaches to academic research and how you can use it in your work to add depth and evidence to points you make. We also look at how to properly credit original authors and use Harvard referencing to show where important information ahs come from.
Unit 3 - Personal Development: Applying for HE
In this unit we look at the UCAS system used to apply for higher education, and we learn how to make the most of the application process and the importance of career planning and realistic expectations.
Unit 4 - Using ICT
In this unit you’ll gain all the knowledge you need to know, to be able to use a computer for your studying needs. This includes producing documents, sharing information, using the world wide web and using applications.
Unit 5 - National Education Policy for English Schools
For this unit you’ll go back to 1979 to explore the ways Education in England has changed through the years. You’ll explore the National Curriculum looking at the aims, content and influence it has had on Education. Lastly, taking a look at the current policies and how they influence teachers and teaching.
Unit 6 - Theories of How Children Learn
As part of this unit you will explore the different models of teaching, understand key aspects of cognitive development. You’ll also enjoy looking into the learning theories and the ways in which they have influenced current practice.
Unit 7 - Assessment Strategies & Skills
Assessment in schools forms a key part of tracking children’s development. Here you’ll know the strategies used for conducting assessments and the skills and knowledge required. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a planned assessment of your own!
Unit 8 - Equal Opportunities in the School Environment
For this unit you will understand the role school policies play in addressing equal opportunities issues. You’ll also look into the reasons why there are variations between attainment levels for boys and girls. Also the attainment levels between those of different ethnic backgrounds.
Unit 9 - Promoting Attainment in Schools
For this unit, you’ll explore the requirements for an outstanding lesson, be able to prepare a lesson and reflect on the outcomes of the lesson.
Unit 10 - Learning Difficulties in the School Environment
Gain an understanding of the different types of Learning Difficulties that you might come across in schools. Knowing what services are available out there to support children with learning difficulties. You will also look in to the different strategies teachers may use in the classroom to support children with learning difficulties.
Unit 11 - Changing Beliefs in British Society
Religion plays a huge part in many societies. In this unit you’ll explore how the changes that have occurred in British Society since 1945. Looking in to the function religion plays in society and understand the sociological perspective on religion.
Unit 12 - Education & Social Inequality
For this unit you’ll be taking a trip back to 1944 to look at the key developments in education policy. You’ll take a look at some of the barriers and opportunities which affect educational achievement. Understand education as a secondary agent of socialisation.
Unit 13 - Poverty In Contemporary Britain
In this unit you’ll explore the key terms and concepts of poverty. Looking at explanations of why poverty exists within a society and the extent to which poverty exists in Britain.
Unit 14 - Social Stratification & Inequality
As part of this unit you’ll explore the types of social stratification. Looking at the ways government and businesses use occupation as an indicator of social class. Understanding the effects of social stratification on life chances.
Unit 15 - Sociology of the Family in Modern Britain
As part of this unit we’ll take a look at the different structures of families in modern Britain, understanding the functions of the family. Whilst also considering the impact of family breakdowns.
Unit 16 - Biopsychology of Stress
Within this unit you will gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of stress. Exploring how the nervous systems and endocrine systems are involved in the control of behaviour.
Unit 17 - Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination
As part of this unit you’ll look into the nature of stereotyping and attitude formation. Developing an understanding of the nature and causes of prejudice and discrimination. Lastly exploring the possible effects of prejudice and discrimination and the mechanisms involved in attitude change.
Unit 18 - Social Influence & Independence
During this unit you will explore how an individuals behaviour is influenced by others. Looking at the nature of social interaction. Also gaining an understanding of the models used to explain independent behaviour.
Unit 19 - Psychological Perspectives
Within this unit you will gain an overall understanding of Psychology as a discipline. Looking at a range of psychological perspectives to the study of human behaviour.
Unit 20 - Early Social Development
In your final unit you will explore the various theories of attachment. Looking into the stages and theories of socialisation in infants and children.
This Access to HE Diploma in Education, Youth Work and Child Development is awarded by Open Awards. Qualification code: AIM 40007418
Open Awards is a UK-based Awarding Body. Open Awards provide Ofqual regulated qualifications and units across multiple subject areas, such as Access to HE courses.
The Access to Higher Education, Youth Work and Child Development Diploma is a widely accepted qualification at level 3 that provides an alternative pathway into higher education.
At the same level as A-levels, these courses carry UCAS points which can be used to gain entry to your chosen university. The number of UCAS points awarded is dependent on the learner's outcome of the course i.e. pass, merit or distinction. Calculate your points based on your grade with this UCAS Tariff Calculator.
If you wish to follow your completion of this course with a University degree, we advise that you first check the entry requirements of that specific degree course with the University that you wish to attend as each institution can be different.
For example, many degree-level courses ask that students have completed specific GCSEs with specific grades. This is typically a minimum grade of C or 4 in English and Maths. If you don’t hold these qualifications yet, they are required for your University applications, we can work with you to achieve those alongside the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Please mention this important information to a learning adviser when enrolling.
How is this course assessed or examined?
During your studies and at the end of each unit, you will be asked to complete a variety of different styles of assignments. Assessed and graded by your assessor, these assignments test your knowledge of each module, whilst allowing you to develop a wide range of skills that are vital to higher education.
There is a minimum study age of 19 years old. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are open to anyone aged 19 or over, to be used as an entry into higher education. These courses are widely recognised by universities in the UK as an alternative to 'traditional' qualifications for entry into undergraduate courses.
We also advise students to check the entry requirements of the next course they wish to take to ensure they meet the criteria. If there are some qualifications you do not have yet, we may be able to help you achieve them at the same time as your Access to Higher Education course.