Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science and Humanities


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2023


Adult 19+

Aiming to study at degree-level in Social Science and Humanities?

This qualification will allow you to develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively, in Politics, International Relations, Law and History, to progress into a wide range of degree subjects.

This course is comprised of the following units:

  • Reading and Comprehension of Texts
  • Speaking and Listening Skills
  • Preparation for HE
  • Writing Standard English
  • Essay Writing
  • Revolutionary France 1789-1793
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Origins of the First World War
  • The Russian Revolution
  • The Rise of the Nazis
  • America’s Vietnam War
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Imperialism and Decolonisation
  • British Government
  • Political Ideologies
  • Introduction to the Law
  • Extended Project

Work experience is highly desirable to support your UCAS application. You'll also need literacy skills - either via GCSE English or Level 2 Functional Skills.

The Access programme requires the study of 17 units, over 9 month period and therefore to successfully complete this programme you'll require a lot of self-discipline and resilience. It's designed for mature learners who have substantial work, personal or academic experience and can demonstrate that they have successfully overcome challenges before.

Access to HE Diploma courses are for students aged 19+ by 31st August in the year in which they start the Access programme. You must have, or be enrolled on, a level 2 Functional Skills or GCSE qualification in English and maths.

Learners can work alongside the course as they must only commit to two days a week at college for the diploma. We recommend finding relevant work experience to support their UCAS application, however this is not compulsory.

Guest speaker include, Psychology Masters students and Healthcare professionals, University Lecturers and Staff, as well as previous students sharing their tips and experiences.

We support learners in signing up for master classes offered by universities.

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

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.

OCNLR the awarding organisation has partnership agreements with London South Bank University, Goldsmiths, University of London and a progression agreement with London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Options to study short courses to enhance employability and UCAS applications.

Lecturers with experience in Sociology, Social Work, Counselling, History and Politics.

Previous BDC Nursing student won both the Michael Sergeant Award and Keith Fletcher Award for her achievements on the Access diploma.

Many students that have progressed to university and graduated with 1st degrees and senior roles in the NHS.

Degree subjects this course can lead to:

  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Politics
  • History
  • Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • Counselling
  • Philosophy