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Access 2
Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities and Social Science


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2023


Adult 19+

Interested in studying a Humanities and Social Science related degree at university but don’t have the qualifications you need?

Perfect for those who have been out of education for some time, you will be able to progress directly onto a higher education course at university on completion of this Access programme.

This course aims to provide a balance of essential study skills with specialist subject knowledge to prepare you for university.

The following units are available on this course:

  • Art History
  • English Language
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy

Learners will be assessed through coursework, presentations, debates and exams.

Access to HE Diploma courses are for students aged 19+ by 31st August in the year in which they start the Access programme.

You'll also need literacy and Numeracy skills - either via GCSE English and Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills.

We recommend finding relevant work experience in either voluntary or paid employment to support your UCAS application. Universities often expect students to have some work experience before they start a course, however this is not compulsory.

On completion of this course, you will have the qualifications needed to apply to university, where you can study areas including:

  • English Literature
  • History
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Social Anthropology
  • Media Studies
  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Philosophy and a wide range of combined and related degrees.

Full 60 Credit Diploma with 45 credits graded units and 15 ungraded study skills.

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.