This page is for short courses and the NEW Access to Higher Education Diploma which will start recruiting in 2014.
For full details of our new Diploma and full details of the New Spring / Summer 2014 short courses, click on the relevant sections below.
Watch our Short Course introduction video here
Download the NEW Spring / Summer 2014 short course brochure by clicking on the image below.
The short course application form can be downloaded here
The confidentiality and disclosure of disability form can be downloaded here
Types of short courses
It is never too late to study for a degree even if you have no qualifications at all. Many adults return to education after they realise that their opportunities will increase as a result. The Access to HE Diploma enables mature students with no qualifications to get ready to apply for a degree programme in only one year. Take the first step towards an exciting new career that will provide personal development and enable you to make a difference to your own life and the lives of others.
The Ruskin College Access to HE Diploma will cover an introduction to social work and to youth and community work. The course includes Social Studies, Sociology, Issues of Race, Gender and Class, Applied Psychology and Research Methods. The Diploma allows individuals to progress to careers in related fields or to stay at Ruskin and study for a Degree. The programme is offered on a full-time basis over one academic year.
The Ruskin College Access to HE Diploma offers the opportunity to begin studying for a career in social work, youth and community work, counselling, education in the voluntary sector or other professional settings.
An Access to HE Diploma is accepted for entry onto degree courses by the majority of UK universities and colleges.
Aimed at mature learners, the Ransackers Programme is a ten week, residential term, during which you will have access to the library and computer facilities to complete your own research project. During your term you will have the help of experienced tutors, and work alongside like-minded people. You will also have classes on topics such as research skills, referencing skills and using a computer. You will work towards an AIM Award Level 2 pre-access Certificate in Skills for Employment and Further Learning.
These qualifications are built on a credit basis so you can choose individual courses that suit your needs and build up credits each time you do a course (some at Level 1 and 2). To achieve a Level 1 Award you need 4 credits at Level 1, a Level 1 Certificate you need 15 credits at Level 1 and a Level 1 Diploma 39 credits at Level 1. To achieve a Level 2 Award you need 4 credits at Level 2 and for a Level 2 Certificate you need 13 credits at Level 2. There is no Diploma at Level 2.
These qualifications are built on a credit basis so you can choose individual courses that suit your needs and build up credits each time you do a course (some at Level 1 and 2). To achieve a Level 1 award, you need a minimum of 9 credits at Level 1. To achieve a Level 2 award, you need a minimum of 10 credits at Level 2.
For those learners with little or no IT experience it is recommended that you attend the Introduction to Word course first. These courses run throughout the Spring and Summer term. Following that, you have a choice of 4 different units at Level 1 (Spring term) and Level 2 (Summer term). It is strongly advised that you attend the Level 1 unit before the Level 2 unit as these are progression courses.
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Staying in College
Ruskin works in partnership with a number of major trade unions to offer approved courses to members.