CAVA Access to Higher Education (Social Science)

CAVA Access to Higher Education (Social Science)

Subject Area: Access to Higher Education

Course Overview

The study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme and must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

The study programme includes 60 Level 3 credits which will be made up of:

Psychology: these include 15 credits in units of Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Basic Counseling Theory. It also includes Research Methods in Psychology.

Sociology: 15 credits in units of Household and Family Structure and Social Research Methods; as well as a unit on Crime and Deviance.

Criminology: 6 credit unit on Criminal Profiling.

Valuing Diversity: 3 credit unit

Subject based Research project: 6 credit unit in either Sociology or Psychology.

There will be additional study skills units in Interpersonal Skills, Reflection and Planning, Preparation for HE and Academic Writing.

A variety of assessment is used which includes essays, case studies, presentations, exams and portfolio evidence.

You will be in College for 2 days for the Diploma plus (if required) half a day for the English or maths GCSE.

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  • Start Date: Sep, 2018
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: THE93F0

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment. You must have a GCSE grade 4 or grade C, or above either in English OR maths. You will be required to undertake a formal assessment in maths or English subject to grade and prior achievement on entry. Enrolment is subject to students evidencing they are working at the appropriate level in English or maths.

Course Highlights

This study programme is designed for those who wish to progress onto a degree programme and must be aged 19+ at the time of enrolment.

This study programme will give you the entry criteria for university as a 19+ mature student.

The study programme offers Level 3 Social Science units as well as study skills units to help prepare you for university.

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Next Steps

67% of students gained places at University of Suffolk and others have places at UEA, ARU, Birmingham and Bournemouth. They are studying degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Studies, Psychology, Criminology, Anthropology and Law.

Tuition Costs

For all students aged 19+ Fees will be £3022.

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Hannah Baldry - CAVA Access to Higher Education (Social Science)

The HE access course increased my self-confidence and made me realise that I can do anything I put my mind to regardless of the hurdles I may come up against in the process. It also made me realise that in order to succeed at university, I need to improve my organisational skills and allocate myself dedicated times each day to complete work and study. Without the access course, I never would have been ready for university, nor would I have known where to start regarding applying.