Access to HE Diploma Social Sciences

Part Time 19+ Learner Loan available

Please note that the delivery location of this course is now at Queens Drive and not North Star as advertised in the Part Time Prospectus.

About the course

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time

The Access Diploma in Humanities course is for adults who have limited qualifications but would like to progress after completion to a degree course or go on to further professional training. The course is studied full time over one academic year and includes subjects such as law, psychology, sociology, and history. The higher education opportunities available to students include primary school teaching, history, sociology, psychology and law.

Entry requirements

You must be 19 years old and wish to proceed to university or professional training. You must have Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (Literature and Language) or GCSE at grade 4/c or above. English is essential prior to starting, however maths can be completed alongside the programme.

Where next?

Once you have completed your course, you can apply to study a Computing degree at university. Graduates will come away with transferable skills.

Work experience and employability


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Fees information

You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £27,295. Find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan on the Government website. Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.

Get your Access Diploma for free if you go on to complete a higher education course!*

Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a Higher Education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.

* The Higher Education course must be eligible for student finance.


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