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My aim is to qualify as a trained Counsellor. I’m currently working full-time in an admin role at Northampton General Hospital and I’m studying this Access course part-time.
I am really enjoying the freedom of the course; having conversations with your tutors about where you want to get to and experiencing the passion they have for their subject. It’s not like school where you’re just about the grades, it’s all about you and their enthusiasm really helps you to succeed.
After the Access course I plan to continue in part-time study on the CPCAB Counselling Diploma here at College. This will qualify me to work in an agency and then if I choose to work for myself I’ll need to take additional qualifications with the Open University.
You must be aged 19 or over to apply and will need to have English Language and maths GCSE at grade 4 (GCSE Grade C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications. Applicants may be accepted on the Access Diploma with one of these, subject to a successful interview and entry test to show you are working at level 2. You will have to gain the other level 2 during the same year to progress to university. If your first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.
You will also need to have good IT skills as all of your assignments will be carried out using either Word, Excel or PowerPoint. You can undertake IT Skills classes at our Learning Centres.
It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would like to apply to. You will need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE and Functional Skills which you may be able to enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.
During the course you will study the following:
- Research Project (IAS)
- Study skills
- Introduction to sociology
- Sociology of family
- Social divisions
- Child Development
- Introduction to Psychology
- Psychology of Health
- Criminological Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Sociology of Poverty
- Understanding Mental Health
- Sociology of Crime & Deviance
- Safeguarding Children from Possible Abuse
- Anti-discriminatory Practice
NB: Units may be subject to change
You will be regularly assessed throughout out the course via a range of methods, including written, practical and oral assignments, as well as project work. To enable you to be successful on the course you will need to be able to use IT to produce essays, reports, presentations and statistical data.
You will gain:
- Access to HE Diploma Social Sciences
On successful completion you can progress on to a degree-level course or a similar qualification in your chosen specialist area.
You will be guaranteed progression on to one of the following courses at College:
- Psychology and Crime Foundation Degree
- Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree
- Educational Practice Foundation Degree
You will be required to attend College for two days a week on a Monday and Tuesday. The proposed times of the College day will 9.15am to 4.45pm. You will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College some of which will be online learning. You may need to purchase books relating to the course. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.
Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email.
Pay by instalments
The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.
If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options here
If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.
Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.
If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email email@example.com or call us on 0345 658 8990.
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.