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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


Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

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

The Access to HE: Humanities Level 3 Diploma is a broad-ranging course for mature students over 19 and who have been out of full-time education for a year or more. The course is designed for applicants who lack the formal qualifications for higher education but want to study at degree level.

What I'll learn

The core subjects you will study are history, English language and literature, politics and international relations. These subjects combine well together and will provide both the skills and content that you will need for study in higher education. Our students go on to take wide range of degrees in the humanities and social sciences as well as social work and teacher training courses.

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 develop your team working skills.


How I'll be assessed

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


The Access course has given me the opportunity to enter a career and a degree that I never thought I would be able to achieve. It's made me also realise that I have academic skills and that you can retrain at any point in your life."

Andrew, Nursing and Midwifery

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

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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 include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

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