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Access 2

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities and Social Science


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2024


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.

You will learn the following skills on this course:

  • Literature
  • Linguistics and original writing
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

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:

  • Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • English/ Creative Writing
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • History

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

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.

If you have a Level 2 functional skills qualification, it is important that you check with your chosen university to ensure it will be accepted as part of the entry requirements for your degree program.

Where it can lead to
You could progress to the following course
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.