Overview top

Before you start the course you will need to consider what sort of job, career or degree you eventually wish to follow. It is also advisable that you access university information regarding more specific entry requirements. This helps you to decide which subjects to study.

Students will study a particular pathway dependent upon this. Pathways are combinations of subjects which are tailored to fit careers/course. The pathways offered at South Tyneside College include: Social Science pathway and Science pathway. Further information about the subject content of these pathways can be discussed at interview.Within these pathways, you will complete a range of units, successful completion will accrue credits. To achieve the full Access Diploma qualification you must achieve 60 credits in total.

The Social Science pathway is designed to support learners who wish to progress into a variety of different careers, including Social Work, Business and Marketing, Criminal Justice and some teaching roles. Each pathway is broken down into subject sets, which are then broken down into units. 

The Social Science pathway includes the following:

Psychology (21 credits)

Criminology (15 credits)

Social Issues in Healthcare

(18 credits)

Non-subject set units

(6 credits)

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Ungraded – 3 credits

Introduction to Criminology

Ungraded – 3 credits

Introduction to Social Issues in Healthcare

Ungraded – 3 credits

Study Skills

Ungraded – 3 credits

Research Project- 6 credits

 

 

 

 

Research Project – 6 credits

Optional Unit

Principles of Safeguarding in Health and Social Work

Graded – 6 credits

Further Study Skills

Ungraded – 3 credits

Optional Unit

Effective Communication in Health and Social Work

Graded – 3 credits

 

Optional Unit

Psychological Perspectives and Behaviours

Graded – 6 credits

Contemporary Issues in Criminology (EXAM)

Graded – 6 credits

Optional Unit

Mental Health Issues

Graded – 3 credits

 

Application of Theories to Substantive Topics

(EXAM)

Graded – 6 credits

 

Optional Unit

Sociological Issues Impacting on Health Needs

Graded – 3 credits

 

Entry Requirements top

The Access Programme has been designed for adults who are returning to college after a break from study. You will learn with like-minded people and the tutors are very helpful and supportive. Prospective students should have a GCSE in maths and English at C grade or above. The course runs from September to June.

Assessment top

Assessment is continuous and all assignments are written by the awarding body Ascentis. Assessment is conducted through a combination of written assignments, reports, practical investigations and externally set controlled assessments and exams

Professional Opportunities top

Most learners progress to Higher Education study following the Access programme.  Some learners choose to remain at South Tyneside College to study one of a range of Foundation Degrees on offer, for example, Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice. 

Other learners progress to other institutions to study courses in Social Work, Psychology, Business, Criminology, Teaching and Childhood Studies. 

Further Information top

Further information can be provided at one of our advice and guidance evenings or through the interview process once the application has been processed.

Dates & Fees

Reduced fees may be applicable depending upon your personal circumstances, please contact us for details
Start End 16-18 Year Old 19+ Tution Fee
11/9/2017 29/6/2018 Free £3022.00 /£3022.00*
*Fee for non-UK residents
Whilst we make every effort to ensure that all information relating to courses and fees is correct on the website it is always advisable to call our Student Services team to check the current situation with regards to fees and funding.

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