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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences: pathway

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This certificate of higher education is made up of 120 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll start your studies with one of two options, both of which provide a sound foundation in the social sciences and a range of academic writing and practical IT-based skills for further study:

  1. Introducing the social sciences (DD101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,DD101,,1 (60 credits): a broad, fascinating introductory module covering psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology; or
  2. Introducing the social sciences - part one (DD131)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,DD131,,1 (30 credits) with Discovering psychology (DSE141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,DSE141,,1 (30 credits): a shorter version of route 1, with an exploration of how psychologists investigate our thinking and behaviour – and how academic research can be applied in real-life settings.

You’ll then choose a further 60 credits from options in complementary subjects:

  • An introduction to business studies (B120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,B120,,1
  • An introduction to health and social care (K101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,K101,,1
  • Discovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,MU123,,1
  • Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,U116,,1
  • Introducing health sciences: a case study approach (SDK125)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,SDK125,,1
  • Introducing statistics (M140)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,M140,,1
  • Make your experience count (U122)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,U122,,1
  • The arts past and present (AA100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,AA100,,1
  • You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T06-1,module,DB123,,1.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes two years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from one (full-time study equivalent) to seven years. 


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