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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 offers 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.
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.
Students study 7 modules, the first half of the course students will study 3 modules at level 2. The second half of the course students will study 4 modules at level 3.
Applicants must be 19 years or over by the start date, and ideally be out of formal education for 2 years. 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.
Learners will learn particularly through lectures and tutorials, and will be assessed by coursework assignments, presentations and practicals.
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. Many NI Access graduates progress to Higher Education study in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, others choose from a wide range of HE options in Arts, Media and Screen production, Humanities subjects such as English and History, Social Sciences and Social Policy, a wide range of Business courses, Computing, Law, Criminology, Politics, Youth and Community work and even some specialist Science courses.
*The fees quoted are payable for each year.
2024/25 fees: £450
For 2024/25 fees, please refer to our Fees and Charges Policy on the College website
During your course you may be required to purchase course textbooks and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £100 or more per year.
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Ulster University Access Diploma in Social Sciences
Ulster University Access Diploma in Social Sciences and Humanities