Public Services

Access to Higher Education Diploma

£138.33 per month *( Price excludes upfront registration
payment of £149.00) * For 12 months.
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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Public Services

A wide-ranging, nationally recognised online course that can unlock a wide range of public service careers and university degree courses.

  • PS1

    Start your career journey in the uniformed public services or in a public services related career; for example, education, health, social housing etc

  • PS2

    Enhance your career if you’re already working in public services

  • PS3

    Help you work in public services for the first time

  • PS4

    Help you secure a University place in a public services related course

Whatever your previous experience of studying, this course can be right for you.

Designed for adults to be easy to follow online, the course is broken up into a series of easy to understand units, which are provided to you like a “book” to work through at your own pace. You’ll complete a wide variety of activities, such as word searches, questions, problem-solving and case studies. Each unit will normally have links to videos, websites and presentations to help you learn. Completing the activities will help you understand the subject and complete each unit.

Completing a unit unlocks the next unit until you’ve achieved your Diploma. Along the way, you will have the support of an expert tutor who will give feedback on each unit you submit.

The course covers subjects as interesting and diverse as social divisions, behaviourism, ethical issues in social policy, the powers of the police.

Enrol on this course today and receive a 10% discount on course fees when you pay in full!

Payment options

Payment in Full:

Receive a 10% discount at the time of purchase when you pay in full.

Course fees: £1494.00

Registration fee: £149.00

Total Cost of the Course: £1643.00


Monthly Payment Plan:

Initial deposit: £138.33

Registration fee: £149.00

Total at the time of purchase: £287.33

Followed by 11 monthly instalments of £138.33

Total Cost of the Course: £1809.00

How will my course work?

Moodle is a VLE, or virtual learning environment, that was created specifically for online courses, and is designed to be easy to use, interactive and helpful.

Once you’ve enrolled and received your log in, you’ll be able to access your Diploma course, which is easy to follow and designed so that you always know where you are, what you have to do and how you can progress through the course.

Each unit is presented as a book, you just ‘turn’ the pages as you work through the unit. Moodle gives us the opportunity to provide you with varied activities to help your learning in each unit, such as quizzes, crosswords and word searches. Resources like videos and presentations are embedded into units whenever possible, so you don’t have to leave the Moodle to view them and you don’t need to download lots of documents.

On Moodle, it’s easy to:

  • Complete unit activities
  • Check your answers to unit activities
  • Submit your assessments
  • Receive feedback from an assessor
  • Keep up to date with any news or announcements relevant to your Diploma
  • Send and receive messages

One thing you always need to keep in mind – you can’t break it!

How will my course progress?

The units have been written specifically for online learners, provided as ‘books’, for you to work through at your own pace.

There are activities throughout a unit for you to complete, such as:

  • word searches
  • crosswords
  • questions
  • problem solving
  • case studies
  • quizzes

Videos, presentations and web links are provided to broaden your understanding of a subject. These formative activities will help you to complete the assessment that you need to do for each unit, details of which are contained in the unit assessment brief.

You can view the full syllabus for the public services course, which contains the units you need to study, click on the tab section relating to the Syllabus below.

How will I complete my units?

Each unit comes with an assessment brief. You will be able to access the assessment brief right at the beginning of a unit, so you can see what you are working towards. The assessment brief contains all the details you need about the assessment tasks that you must complete to achieve a unit.

Every assessment task is clearly mapped to the appropriate unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

The activities that you complete during your work on a unit have been developed so that you gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to complete the assessment.

The types of assessment are varied and interesting. The following are some examples, which can vary depending on which Diploma you’re studying:

  • research notes for a radio programme
  • e-presentation
  • leaflets
  • newspaper article
  • presentation paper with audio summary
  • report
  • diagrams
  • fact sheets
  • case studies
  • calculations
  • drawings

When you have finished your unit study, you submit your assessment tasks, which will be marked by an assessor. Once you have successfully completed a unit, you will be able to progress onto the next one.

How much time will I need?

An Aspire Access Diploma requires the achievement of 60 credits. Each unit in a Diploma carries a certain number of credits – these can be 3, 6 or 9.

The 60 credits comprise:

  • 15 credits from ungraded units
  • 45 credits from graded units (grades are pass, merit, distinction)

1 credit is estimated to take an "average" student up to 10 hours. These hours include all the activities needed to complete the credit, such as:

  • working through the unit
  • completing the activities provided
  • reading
  • your own research
  • preparing for the unit assessment
  • completing the unit assessment

What's the quickest time I could qualify?

Once enrolled you are given a total of 3 years to complete your diploma. You can complete the diploma within the 3 years, the actual completion time varies dependent on individual circumstances and how much time can be dedicated to working through and completing the diploma.

*Each unit has a maximum allotted time of 3 months ( once unlocked ) to complete.

What's the longest I could take?

The longest you would be allowed to complete your course would be three years from the date you start the course.

How will you help me study?

An Aspire Diploma contains a number of ungraded study skills units, for example:

  • English for Academic Study
  • Producing a Written Assignment
  • Research and Referencing

These units have been designed so that you can improve and refine your study skills to help you maximise your potential on the course. It also means that you are developing a skills set to assist you in your progression from the Diploma, whether in higher education, employment or training. You’ll be able to prove that you have these essential skills to employers.

What help is available on the course?

Once you enrol, you will have access to your course units and will be provided with a student handbook. In addition, an expert assessor will provide feedback on all of your assessments.


Courses are fully booked for 2020

Due to a high level of people wanting to study from home, our courses are now fully booked for 2020.


The whole purpose of an Aspire Online Course is to help people in your situation to be successful.

Many people are nervous when they start a course, particularly if they haven't been in a classroom for some time. At Aspire, we are aware of this and have taken it into account when designing all of our; you won't be thrown in at the deep end or tested on things that you forgot years ago. Our online courses are designed to be easy to understand and you’ll be supported in your learning.

Subjects Covered

Sociology Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Social Divisions

Primary and secondary data in sociological research. Practical, ethical and theoretical considerations of data collection.


2. Equality and Diversity

Key equality and diversity policies and legislation, the issues inherent in equality and diversity.


3. Research Methods in Sociology

Structure and function of male and female reproductive systems, key events of human reproduction. Fertilisation, pregnancy and birth.


4. Welfare Policy

Sociological explanations for the distribution of wealth and income, the roles of statutory, private and voluntary sectors in welfare provision.


5. Ethical Issues in Social Policy

Ethics and ethical dilemmas. Legislation, policies and differing views relevant to an ethical dilemma.


Psychology Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Behaviourism

The work of Pavlov and Skinner in classical and operant conditioning and their practical application to human behaviour.


2. Conformity and Obedience

Psychological studies which seek to explain why people conform and Milgram’s studies of obedience. Ethical issues involved in research that uses human subjects.


Law Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Homicide

Murder and different classes of manslaughter and the defences available. Sentencing murder and manslaughter, minimum life tariff.


2. The Judicial System

Court structure, criminal and civil courts and their functions. Appeals processes and routes. Roles and functions of legal and lay personnel in the legal process. Methods of resolving legal disputes.


3. The Powers of the Police

Police powers of arrest, search, detention, public order and rights of assembly. Remedies for police misconduct.


4. Understanding English Law

Sources of English law, delegated legislation and the principles of statutory interpretation. Individual rights and freedoms and how they are protected.


Business Studies Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. Motivational Management and Leadership

Differences between leadership and management and the role of each in an organisation. Leadership styles. Theories of motivation.


Study Skills Syllabus

No.Subject UnitCreditGraded

1. English for Academic Study

Critical reading and evaluation, different forms of writing and reflection on how to improve your writing skills.


2. Research and Referencing

Different research methods and forms of referencing. Copyright and issues of plagiarism.


3. Producing a Written Assignment

Gathering and evaluating information, planning and producing a written assignment.


4. Preparing for a Controlled Assessment

The purpose and value of controlled assessments, revision strategies. Preparing for, and reviewing performance in, a controlled assessment.


Career Opportunity Examples

  • Drug and alcohol worker

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Drug and alcohol workers help people tackle their drug, alcohol or solvent misuse problems.

  • Store detective

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Store detectives work to prevent shoplifting as part of a team of security officers.

  • Security officer

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Security officers make sure that buildings, valuables and people are safe and secure.

  • Patient advice and liaison service officer

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Patient advice and liaison service (PALS) officers give support, advice and information about NHS services.

  • Probation services officer

    £12,000 to £100,000

    Probation services officers (PSOs) supervise people serving community sentences or on licence from prison, helping with rehabilitation and the reduction of crime.