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Price excludes upfront registration payment of £149.00)
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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.
Start your career journey in the uniformed public services or in a public services related career; for example, education, health, social housing etc
Enhance your career if you’re already working in public services
Help you work in public services for the first time
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 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:
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
presentation paper with audio summary
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
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.
WORRIED ABOUT RETURNING TO STUDYING?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
£12,000 to £100,000
Store detectives work to prevent shoplifting as part of a team of security officers.
£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.