What's covered?

The course will provide you with the qualifications you need to progress to university including our Foundation Degrees in a variety of areas including Psychology, Sociology, Early Years or Primary/Special Needs Teaching.

You will cover a wide range of areas including:

  • Equality & Diversity
  • Youth & Deviance
  • Child Development
  • Ageing & Disability
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • The Sociology of Education
  • Extended Independent Academic Study

What do you need?

You will need GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths and you may be asked to complete an initial diagnostic assessment. It may be possible to complete a Maths course alongside Access following assessment. You will be working in college for two days weekly and need to be able to invest at least 20 hours additionally each week in independent study.

How you are assessed

The Diploma consists of a number of mandatory units requiring 60 credits to pass. Many universities are requesting that at least 30 credits are at Distinction grade and 12-15 are at Merit grade. There are also units which are graded at Pass only. You will be assessed through written reports and essays, presentations, timed tests and assessments and participation in discussion and role plays. It is advisable to be working as a teaching assistant or doing volunteering work in an appropriate setting alongside the course to be able to map experience and reflect on practice.

How Long?

1 Year

What course next?

You will be able to apply to do a degree programme at university in a variety of areas or continue your studies with Foundation degrees in Primary Education, Early Years or Working with Children and Young People at East Berkshire College.

What could this lead to?

Related degree programmes include areas such as Primary or Early Years teaching, Integrated Children and Young People's services or Educational psychology

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