Access to Higher Education Diploma - Humanities and Social Sciences

Part Time

ACCESS TO HE DIPLOMA Humanities and Social Sciences Level 3

Length: 1 year full time or 2 years part time

Campus: Queens Drive

About the course

The Access Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences 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 year or part time over two years and learners can choose three subjects from English Literature, History, Psychology, Sociology and Mathematics. There are also supplementary modules on study skills and IT to be taken. The higher education opportunities available to students are varied and include primary school teaching and secondary school teaching in subjects such as history, sociology, psychology and mathematics.

Course units include:

Sociology - The Sociology of Education, The Sociology of Family , The Sociology of Health, Introduction to Sociology, Social Stratification.

Psychology - Introduction to Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Psychology and Therapy, Social Psychology,

History - Historical Concepts – Significance and Perspective, The Individual in History, Historical Controversy, Using Historical Sources Effectively, Historical Concepts – Cause and Consequence,

English Literature - Studying a Play, Prose, Pre-20th Century Prose, Pre-20th Century Poetry, Shakespeare’s Drama,

Maths - Arithmetic, Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry, Algebra

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 the Access to HE Diploma, you can progress to study a wide range of degree courses at university. During your studies, you will receive support from a personal tutor to enable you to complete your university application. Recent Access to HE completers have progressed to study a diverse range of degree subjects, including Education Studies, Social Work, English Literature, Creative Writing, History, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics and Criminology. A number of our learners chose to study a combined degree.

What additional resources will I need?

Depending on the subject choices, you may be required to purchase some texts.

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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