19 Years and Over


Access to Higher Education Diplomas are full Level 3 qualifications designed to prepare adult learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (whether this be a degree at University or an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree at the College).
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed to ease adult learners back into education and will develop your knowledge, build your confidence, improve your learning techniques and develop your communication and IT skills. They will also give you the essential tools to be able to study effectively. The courses are designed to enable learners who may be lacking in confidence, without formal educational backgrounds or who have other commitments to succeed in Higher Education (HE). Each year over 40,000 learners in the UK register on Access to HE Diplomas and most go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers.
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences & Humanities)
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences & Humanities) gives you the opportunity to apply for degrees across a range of subjects such as education, sociology, psychology, social work, literature, creative writing and media studies – preparing you well for academic work and university life. It is a popular course and an excellent way to maximise your job prospects and lead to a worthwhile career.
Studying an Access to HE Diploma leads to a national qualification, which is accepted as a standard entry qualification by HE providers in England and Wales. The vast majority of universities will accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas (Social Sciences & Humanities) as an entry requirement to a relevant degree, but you‘re advised to check this with each of the establishments you’re interested in attending.
The course starts in September for the duration of one academic year and is organised to allow students to fit their study around their home, family and work commitments (9.30am – 3.00pm). You will be expected to attend all teaching sessions for approximately 10 – 12 hours in college over 3 days a week. Please note that you will need to supplement this by studying in your own time. Sessions will be delivered in well-equipped traditional classroom/laboratory settings; in addition you will access on-line material.

Did You Know?……..
• If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first Level 3 qualification, the course is free
• Access to HE Courses are eligible for Advanced Learner Loans if the above does not apply
• Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks
• If you complete your Access to HE course and subsequent degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off
• More information on paying for your Access to HE Diploma is available at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview

Entry Requirements

To gain entry to the programme you must have a GCSE at Grade C (4) or above in either English or Maths and a D (5) in the other.
YOU MUST BE ABLE to provide your certificates as evidence.
The subject which you have at D must be studied alongside the Access to HE programme – there are evening classes here at College. It is not possible to study the Access to HE programme and both GCSEs at the same time.
University entry requirements are GCSE at C (4) or above in both English and Maths. The ideal candidate will have both GCSEs at C (4) or above.


The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences & Humanities) covers a range of topics:
Psychology (such as Developmental, Cognitive and Social Psychology)
Sociology (such as the Sociology of Education, Gender, Health and the Family)
Literature (such as Film Adaptations of Literary Texts and Short Story)
Skills for Learning and Information Technology


You will be assessed both formally and informally with the emphasis on continuous assessment and coursework to include essays, presentations, case studies, scientific reports, practicals, research projects and portfolios.


Fees: 3022.00

Fees Advanced Learning Loan: 3022.00

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 09/09/2019

End date: 26/06/2020

Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 33

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