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Open Awards Diploma in Access to Higher Education (with pathways)

Open Awards

Level 3


This part time, one year course is ideal for mature Learners who have some experience and qualifications already, and who wish to enhance their career prospects by gaining entry to higher education. It is also suitable for Learners who would like to apply for university but have been out of education for some time and need to improve their academic skills.


Duration: Session dependent
Hours per Week: Session dependent
Total Hours: Session dependent
Day(s): Session dependent
Start Time: Session dependent
End Time: Session dependent

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Course Content

If you choose the Social Science Pathway, you will be studying three key subjects: Sociology; Psychology; and Politics. If you select the Health Studies Pathway, you will study: Psychology e.g. psychological perspectives and nature/nuture debate; Human Physiology e.g. organisation of the body and diet and nutrition; and Sociology e.g. Sociology of the Family in Modern Britain; and Social Stratification. Both pathways also study Research Methods. Time management skills and self-discipline are required to complete the assignments by the date set, work on the Research Portfolio throughout the year and attend weekly lectures. Throughout the year of study you will submit assignments every two weeks. The third term can be especially demanding.

Assessment Method

You will have to submit a minimum of 15 written assignments - one for each of the units of study. Some units may require a presentation or a short class test. There will also be a portfolio of Research Skills to complete. You will be given a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade in each unit of study.

Progression Opportunities

Learners can use this qualification as a route to apply for a place in a university to study for a range of degrees, for example, English, History, Social Work, Law and Nursing. South West College offers progression on to several foundation degrees including the Early Years, Business Studies, Sustainable Energy and Counselling among many others.

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Entry Requirements

Learners must have at least four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language, preferably at grade B, and Maths. Essential Skills not accepted. For those with fewer GCSE qualifications, work experience and alternative qualifications/diagnostic assessment may be considered. Interview required.

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Course Costs

Total Fee Session dependent
Reduced Fee Session dependent

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Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 12 September 2017
Time: 17:00–21:45
Fee: £326.00
Reduced Fee: £234.00
Places Available: 0
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