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Access to HE (Humanities)

Access to HE Diploma

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Revised and refreshed for 2018, this course includes units in the disciplines of English Literature and History and your choice of either Psychology of Education or Philosophy.

All our Access Diploma programmes allow you to achieve a degree-entry qualification by studying on a part-time basis over just one academic year. 



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You will need to provide evidence of having achieved GCSE English Language grade C/5 or above and one other relevant GCSE.

In English Literature you will study literary theory and analyse examples of prose fiction and poetic forms and themes. The History units focus on Early African-American history, including the Civil Rights Movement, Atlantic slave trade and colonialism. Philosophy will provide many opportunities for debate; you will explore key elements of the fundamental basis of western philosophy and explore questions relating to the existence of God and the nature and possibility of ‘truth.’ For those who choose the Psychology of Education option, units will include consideration of psychological theory and research relating to classroom behaviour and factors that can affect learning as well as the significance and impact of learning styles.  

Attendance will be required for two evenings a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) between 5.30pm and 9.30pm. All Access programmes include ungraded units in Academic Study Skills which will support the development of your study and learning skills. You will also be supported to make your application to university (the UCAS process). Each subject will commence with an ungraded ‘taster’ unit which will provide an introduction to the subject. 

Teaching and learning strategies will be varied to appeal to the learning needs and preferences of a wide range of students. Methods may include:  discussion, group tasks, pair activities, lectures, independent research tasks, reading and summarising, multimedia content supported by Moodle and Google Classroom.

You will be assessed via a range of methods including essays, reports, short stories, workbooks, group and individual presentations and end-of-unit class tests. Students will need to achieve 60 credits at Level 3, of which 45 will be awarded Pass, Merit or Distinction grades.

Previous Access to Humanities students have progressed onto Higher Education courses in a very wide range of subject disciplines, including: English, History, Philosophy and Psychology, Architecture, Archaeology, American Studies, Business, Creative Writing, Economics, International Studies, Japanese Studies, Journalism, Law, Politics, Religious Studies and many more. Students have also gone on to undertake further qualifications (postgraduate) to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. Many universities require that students have achieved a full Level 3 qualification without specifying that it be in a particular subject area. If you are undecided about which Higher Education course you wish to pursue, members of our friendly course team will be happy to advise you further.

From the Access course, I went on to study Business Management at Queen Mary University of London. I have just finished my first year, and have come out with a 2:1. My course has been challenging and interesting and the teaching from the access course set me in perfect stead to hit the ground running. I can't thank you enough for all of your help in learning to think outside the box and to look at things from different perspectives, learning how to reference (and to find valid and worthwhile references), and for the overall renewed confidence you gave me throughout the course of the year. The access course made me learn to challenge myself and push myself beyond my capabilities and for that reason alone I couldn't recommend it enough! If you'd said to me two years ago that I'd have the chance of being at a Russell Group University attaining a 2:1 and captain of the football team in my second year I would never have believed you!

Joe Constable Access to Humanities student 2015/16