Access to University

Access Diploma in Social Science (with Certificate in Adult Learning exit award)

Start Date: 21st September 2016
Course Code: C01665 TAF1A

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Trostan Avenue)
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Duration: 34 weeks Full-time
Start date: 21st September 2016
End date: 16th June 2017
Day: Wed|Thurs|Fri
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm (Friday 9.00am - 1.30pm)
Interview required: Y

Fee for 2016/2017 Academic Year:

£25 Student Amenities Fee paid at Registration Day 

Course Content

Students take the following compulsory modules at level 2: English Language, Maths 1, Introduction to Sociology and Maths 2.  At level 3 students take any four of the following optional modules: E-Business, Social Policy, Applied ICT, Psychology, Research Methods, Anatomy and Physiology and Statistical Research with ICT. 

A Certificate in Adult Learning exit award is available to students who leave early after completing the level 2 modules in the first year of the part-time programme; it is not available to full-time students. 

Assessment Methods

Assessment focuses on written coursework assignments, oral presentations, writtem examination and class tests,  in-class testing of laboratory skills, practical demonstrations, and project as appropriate to the modules.

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Access courses are designed to prepare mature students who have few or no higher education entry level qualifications and address the particular needs of adults who may have left school early and been out of formal education for a number of years.

The aim of the course is to enable Mature students to study for a University Access Diploma in Social Science or Humanities. This will give students the opportunity to progress to higher education, or alternatively, to enhance their academic qualifications and consequently improve their career prospects. It is a modularised course and is set at A level standard. The modularised structure offers greater flexibility and is particularly important for mature students who have to fit their study around their commitments.

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Dr Karen McCambridge

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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