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Access to HE: Humanities Level 3 Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type

Access to HE

Course code



Level 3


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

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On the Access to HE: Humanities Level 3 Diploma pathway, you will study history, English language and literature, politics and international relations.

Whilst studying history you will learn about revolutionary Russia and the British Empire. You will be introduced to many great writers such as Shakespeare and Wilfred Owen in your literary studies.

What I'll learn

The core subjects you will study are history, English language and literature, politics and international relations. Through a wide range of teaching methods you will learn about key historical eras such as the Cold War and the British Empire.

You will learn the fundamentals of law and look at areas such as contract law and employment law. As part of your literary studies you will learn about the literary greats such as Shakespeare and the war poets.


How I'll learn

As part of the course your communication, personal and study skills will develop through a common core programme. There will also be the opportunity to gain GCSE English and Maths.

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.


How I'll be assessed

Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as essays, reports, oral presentations and timed assessments. You will be set individual and group assessments giving you the opportunity to prove your ability to plan and deliver independently, and also hone your team working skills.

Assessment is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year. To apply for a place on the Access to HE course, there are no requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications. However, applicants are required to sit an initial maths and English assessment to determine if their level of literacy and numeracy is sufficiently high to cope with a level 3 course.

The outcome of this might be that an applicant is advised to complete maths and/or English at GCSE before being considered for the Access course.

On the other hand, if an applicant scores well on the initial test, it is possible to do maths and/or English alongside the Access diploma, but it should be noted here that this is a substantial workload.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.