Brompton Academy

Access to Higher Education Diploma and GCSE

Brompton Academy

Study for a valuable stand-alone qualification, as your first step towards a degree, or just for interest.

What can I study?

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Politics with Law

Monday 17 September 2018

Have you ever wondered how those in power claim the right to tell you what to do? Are you curious about the relationship between party politics and our country's laws?

Studying Politics with Law will help you to understand the political system and the power that politicians have over our ability to get free health care, education, employment and state support. It will encourage you to question this power and consider if it is exercised in the interests of all.

You will learn about key concepts such as power, democracy and authority and explore how the law is made and applied. The course will consider the British Constitution, elections, the role of Parliament and the Courts and will allow you to consider whether the system actually achieves its goals.

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English Literature

Tuesday 18 September 2018

What's the difference between a good book and a great book? Why do some books stand the test of time while others are consigned to the dustbin of history? How do great writers make you love or hate their characters?

This course in English literature can help you to answer these questions, teach you how to get the most out of your reading and give you the skills to write and talk about books. English literature is a subject of opinions so classes will be interactive and based around discussion.

Strong opinions and controversial views welcome!

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Fine Art

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Do you want to develop your own artistic language, discover your potential and build your confidence?

The Fine Art course, taught at Brompton Academy, helps you do all this together with extending your ideas, developing a range of skills and preparing you for study at degree level and independent learning. You are taught in a studio-based environment, have the opportunity to work on both individual and group projects, and to exhibit your work.

The course is delivered by experienced staff who are practicing artists with a range of approaches and specialist skills.

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Psychology

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Psychology is all about you. Learn more about the way people behave. Find out about the way children develop and form attachments. Understand criminal behaviour and the way a jury works. Look at the impact of social influence on people: why do people conform and why do some resist authority? Study theories about psychopathy and understand different options for treatment.

This fascinating course enables you to develop your knowledge of psychology, skills such as investigation and research, and how to analyse and present results.

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Creative Writing: The secrets of a great story; supercharge your writing

Thursday 20 September 2018

Release your inner storyteller. Travel to worlds of your own creating. Express feelings and explore ideas. Study Creative Writing. You will read and write a wide range of stories, poems, children's books, plays and articles, try out new styles and discover the secrets of great writing. 

From the start you will learn how to be creative, encourage your imagination and grow your confidence. Discover and indulge a love of words and language, while building valuable communication skills which you can use in other subjects. You will express your opinions, explore why you like to read what you do, and be introduced to the ideas behind writing.

This course is taught through informal workshops, practical exercises, discussions, and individual projects which provide a clear framework to support your development as a writer.

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Sociology

Thursday 20 September 2018

Do you create the society that you live in or does society create you as an individual? Do the media reflect current thinking or merely shape the way in which we think?

Come and explore how you as an individual interact with the society that you live in through culture, religion, the media, education and the family, and examine how the power of groups can bring about change throughout the world.

Join the debates on youth culture, crime and deviance, criminal justice and law, and investigate how social class and government policy can ultimately shape the way in which we live.

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English GCSE

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Join a friendly group of adult students and build your English language skills in a supportive environment. Develop your ability to write both creative and non-fiction texts, and to read and understand them. You also learn how to enhance your speaking and listening skills.

This course leads to a nationally recognised qualification that can help open doors to further opportunities in education and employment.

The GCSE is organised by the Academy and the fee of £65* is payable in addition to the Access Diploma fee.

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Mathematics GCSE

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Get your Maths GCSE. Come and learn in a supportive and informal environment with an experienced tutor who can show you how maths can be fun and accessible by relating to your everyday life.

The GCSE is organised by the Academy and the fee of £65* is payable in addition to the Access Diploma fee.

* fees subject to final confirmation but all applicants will be informed of any change before enrolment. Please note, fees are non-refundable.

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Is Access right for me?

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After being made redundant, Beverley decided she wanted to challenge herself in a new way.  

 

 

After leaving school with no qualifications, Kate enrolled on an Access Diploma and went on to a Master's Degree.

 

 

 

Mary never thought she'd go to university, but the Access Diploma enabled her to do so.

 

 

 

Not having the qualifications to go to university, Muyunda found the Access Diploma was an excellent stepping stone.

 

 

Feeling unsatisfied in his job, Tom decided to do something about it and signed up to the Access Diploma.

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FAQs

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is designed for adults and focuses on coursework rather than exams. Helpful tutors, inspiring sessions and regular guidance are designed to help you reach your full potential.

What does it include?

You can study a range of subjects, including Psychology, Creative Writing, Art, Sociology, Politics with Law, and English Literature. You also gain skills in research, essay-writing and presentations, and you can even get GCSEs in English and Maths.

How long does it take to complete?

The Diploma is a part-time course. You are required to take at least three subject modules spread over two years to complete the qualification. In exceptional circumstances, following discussion with the programme manager, you may be able to 'fast-track' and complete all three subjects in one year. All subjects run from September to July and have breaks in line with Brompton Academy holidays.

What can I do when I've got my Diploma?

You will have a qualification that enables you to apply to university to study subjects such as social sciences, criminal justice studies, law, social work, art or English. In addition, you will have developed skills, such as giving presentations, which are useful for a range of different career opportunities.

How much does it cost?

There is a small fee for exam registration and administration. This is currently set at £130 for the two year course. Fees are subject to final confirmation but all applicants will be informed of any change before enrolment. Please note, fees are non-refundable.

I'm not sure whether I want to take a Diploma

We run free taster sessions in the summer term so please book your place to see if the subjects are for you. You can attend as many sessions as you wish.

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Taster sessions

You are welcome to attend as many taster sessions as you wish. All taster sessions are free of charge.

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Politics with Law

How to play the ‘trump’ card and why a little knowledge might be a dangerous thing!

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 6.00-7.30pm

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Sociology

Explore how you as an individual interact with the society that you live in.

Wednesday 13 June 2018, 6.00-7.30pm

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Creative Writing

The secrets of a great story; supercharge your writing.

Wednesday 20 June 2018, 6.00-7.30pm

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English Literature

Explore your thoughts about literature in an informal, friendly atmosphere.

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 6.00-7.30pm

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Fine Art

‘But is it Art?’ Discussing a variety of artworks and mediums.

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 6 - 7.30pm at the Historic Dockyard

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Psychology

Learn more about behaviour, child development and criminal psychology.

Wednesday 11 July 2018, 6 - 7.30pm

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Information evenings

Come along to one of our Information Evenings held at Brompton Academy to find out more about the Access Diploma, hear about students’ experience of the course and ask questions about what is expected of you.

Our information evenings will be held at Brompon Academy on the following dates:

  • Monday 16 April 2018, 6-8pm
  • Monday, 9 July 2018, 6-8pm.
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How to apply

For further information, or to register your expression of interest, please email adultlearning@kent.ac.uk or apply online.

When we have received your application you will be invited to attend one of our information evenings where you can find out more about the course and the subjects on offer. You may also book a place on our free taster sessions.

Please note that places on the course are limited and priority will be given to those with a connection to the Academy or community partners.

For an informal conversation about the different subjects and opportunities that the Diploma can give you, please email adultlearning@kent.ac.uk or contact Jane Askew on 01227 827118.

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Last Updated: 10/07/2018