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Access to HE Diploma Humanities and Social Science

This course is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a future career within the field of Humanities or Social Sciences. The range of Higher Education courses and career opportunities within this filed are hugely diverse and this Access course is designed specifically to meet the needs of adult learners in preparation for progression to higher education.


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code ACRHMF/RTA/1

    Start Date Monday 16 Sep 2024

    How long is the course? 32 weeks

    What time does the course start? TBC

    What time does the course end? TBC

    When does the course run? Wed, Thur & Fri

    How much does the course cost? Tuition fee £3,022 Certification fee £100 Materials fee £50 = Total fee £3,172

    Is this course eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan? Yes

    Is there a registration fee? Yes

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body OCNLR

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • What is the course about?

    As part of the course you will study the following 2 mandatory units:

    • Reading & Comprehension of Texts
    • Extended Project

    In addition to these Mandatory units you will also study a range of optional units that will be selected from the following subject areas: Sociology, Psychology, Economics, European Studies, Politics, Social Anthropology and Social Policy & Study Skills.

    The broad range of disciplines and subjects covered on the course will allow you to develop the skills necessary for progression to Higher Education in a variety of academic disciplines. The majority of students, on successful completion of all units, do progress to higher education courses, including university and/or employment.

    This is an intensive one-year programme and you will be expected to work hard on the course. Your life skills in time management, planning, prioritising and meeting deadlines will be key factors in ensuring success.

    The College works closely with a range of employers, many of whom can provide work experience as well as 'master classes.' The majority of our level 3, 4 and 5 students do progress into employment having successfully completed a period of study with us.

  • Are there any materials or resources that I need to bring to the sessions?

    Topic specific worksheets and handouts will be provided by the college. You will need to bring basic writing equipment e.g. notepads, pens, pencils, highlighters; a ruler and a calculator.

  • What is expected of me at this level?

    This is a fast paced course and you will be expected to have good attendance and complete independent study outside of lessons. At the start of the qualification you will be given a course calendar with a series of coursework submission dates which you will be asked to meet at regular intervals throughout the year.

  • Entry requirments 

    You will need GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language, or a Level 2 Functional skills English qualification. In addition, you will be invited to an interview and to sit a short entry test.

    Applicants with overseas qualifications will be invited for an assessment in English and Maths.

    Please check the entry criteria for your preferred university before applying.

  • What experience would help me be suitable for the course?

    No practical experience is required for the course; however a personal interest in the subject and some basic reading around the subject would be useful to give you a better understanding of the range of academic disciplines.

  • How will I be taught?

    You will learn about your subject in a variety of ways, including group work, independent research, taking part in discussions, visits, external speakers and live projects. You will expand both your skills through practical projects and you will also be encouraged to develop your study skills, including research, analysis and presentations.

  • How will I be assessed?

    There are currently no formal examinations on this course. You will be assessed for each unit through assignments and coursework. The grading on the course units is either level 2 (GCSE equivalent) or level 3 (GCE Advanced level).

  • What qualification will I get?

    On successful completion of 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 or 3, you will be awarded the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science.

  • What skills will I gain as a result of doing the course?

    The course will prepare you for Higher Education course and interview. It will also help you develop your study skills and employability skills alongside a range of specialist skills including:

    • Practical skills
    • Analytical and evaluative skills
    • IT skills
  • What can the course lead to?

    An access qualification is recognised by universities and other institutions providing higher education courses as an entry requirement. The successful completion of the course will enable you to apply for a Humanities- and Social Sciences-related undergraduate degree.

  • How do I join the course?

    Please complete and submit an application by clicking the 'apply' button at the top of the page. After submitting an application form, you will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course and invited for an interview. At the interview you will be required to show evidence of relevant skills (eg any certificates) and a strong commitment to study.

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