Course Information

Ulster University Access Diploma in Social Sciences

Ulster University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 01 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 34
Hours per Week: 18
Total Hours: 612
Fee: N/A
Places Available: 18
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The Access Diploma offers a diverse range of social science subjects and is aimed at adult learners who would like to progress to university education. The course provides entry into higher education and also improves employment opportunities. The programme of study provides learners with an interesting, supportive and enjoyable learning environment in which they can become better learners.

Additional Information

*The fees quoted are payable for each year.

Terms & Conditions

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Course Content

This course provides learners with a varied range of social science based subjects along with a detailed and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of these. Learners studying this course learn about social issues and social problems, how modern society operates and how human people behave. The course can be studied either full-time or part-time.

Core Modules

Students study eight modules, Communications, Maths 1, Maths 2 and Sociology (level 2): Social Research, Social Policy, Human Biology and Psychology (level 3).

Assessment Method

Learners will learn particularly through lectures and tutorials, and will be assessed by assignments, examinations, presentations and practicals.

Progression Opportunities

Access courses are equivalent to A levels and are an increasingly popular way to advance into higher education at a local university or further education college. Most Access learners choose to study Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. However, learners can also enrol onto any Social Science or Humanities related course such as Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Law, Media, Youth and Community Work or English Literature and even some specialist Science courses.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be 19 years or over by the start date, and ideally be out of formal education for at least one full year. Applicants are interviewed to assess suitability regarding academic focus, motivation, commitment and drive, higher education goals and career aspirations; they do not require academic qualifications or profile, or recent experience of formal education. Applicants are individually assessed and composite scored, based on a short interview along with English and Maths assessments, which must reflect the required standard.