Access to HE Diploma (Humanities combined with Social Sciences)

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Prepare for higher education study in a wide range of humanities subjects with our Access to Humanities programme.

The Access to HE Diploma (Humanities combined with Social Sciences) is a broad-ranging course for students over 19 and covers English literature, sociology, psychology, law and politics.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

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 era's 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.

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 as part of your programme.


How I'll learn

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


How I'll be assessed

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. No specific qualifications are asked for however a GCSE grade C in English or maths would be beneficial. You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

At your initial assessment, you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities.


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.