Access Diploma in Social Sciences (validated by Ulster University)
Start Date: 11th September 2018
Course Code: C01665 MCD1A
Duration: 2 Years Part-time
Number of weeks: 32
Start date: 11th September 2018
End date: 28th May 2019
Information Event: Y
Fee for 2018/2019 Academic Year:
8 modules of study
Year 1 PT (or Semester 1 FT)
(FT Study Psychology in semester 1 and study Mathematics 2 in semester 2)
• Maths 1
• Maths 2
• Psychology (FT only semester 1)
Year 2 (or Semester 2 FT)
(Mathematics 2 semester 2 (FT only)
• Social Policy
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Statistical Research and ICT
• Applied ICT
Where every opportunity will be made to facilitate you the best we can, choice/timetabling/location of modules will be decided on demand and class viability.
The aim of the course is to enable mature students to study for a University Access Diploma in Social Science. 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.
• Associate student of Ulster University
• Option of participating in a physiology lab at Ulster University in year 2
Variety of internal assessments including essays, reports, case studies and projects. All modules have an examination with the exception Statistical Research with ICT and E-business which are examined by coursework only.
All applicants are asked to complete an application form and questionnaire. They then meet with the Course Director to assess their suitability for the course. This allows for self-selection by the candidates.
• Applicants must normally be 19 years or over at the date of entry to the programme.
• Applicants should not have had any recent experience of formal education.
• Applicants must provide evidence of a basic competence in written and oral communication. Students are asked to undertake a short, written assessment regarding this. (APL for this process applies for those with a “C” or above in English language or a Level 2 Essential Skills Communications or equivalent. Exemptions must be agreed by the college and the University.)
• Applicants must provide evidence of a basic competence in numeracy skills. Students are asked to undertake a short, numerical written assessment regarding this. (APL for this process applies for those with a “C” or above in Maths GCSE or a Level 2 Essential Skills in Maths or equivalent. Exemptions must be agreed by the college and the University.)
• Applicants must show motivation, drive and ability to cope with the academic demands of the programme including self-discipline, self-motivation, ability to self-appraise and reflect willingness to accept direction and support
For applicants who feel that they are not yet ready for the course, they may wish to look at the Essential Skills Programmes.
Access to a wide range of HNC/HND/foundation degree and degree courses including: nursing, teaching, social work, sociology, psychology, social policy, criminology.
Access to University
Access Diploma in Social Science
"I wasn’t a high flyer at school and when I left, I worked locally as a van driver and then spent some time in Saudi Arabia working in construction. I always had an ambition to do law at university but with no ‘A’ levels joined Northern Regional College to do the Access course. I got excellent support from the tutors and I found the course challenging especially in second year. When it came to filling in the UCAS form for university I got support from college careers and my tutor also helped me with my personal statement. I became good friends with other adults on the course and even though I am doing my finals in law this year, I have kept up that friendship. I am very appreciative of all the help and support I got at Northern Regional College."